April 10, 2015
Gloria Darko, a senior international studies major from Bronx, N.Y., has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Connect, a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility.
The recognition honors inspiring student leaders who have, through service, research and advocacy, demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. As a Newman Civic Fellow, students have the opportunity to share ideas and materials to further their work through an exclusive online community especially for fellows.
Darko was nominated for the award by Susquehanna President L. Jay Lemons.
"Gloria has been a quiet, inspirational leader to peers at Susquehanna," Lemons said. "Gloria has had a large impact on an increasingly diverse campus. She regularly meets one-on-one with first-year students to give them direction, encouragement and practical advice."
Lemons pointed specifically to a presentation Darko led on the cultural, political and social meanings of African American hair that, he said, provided students with an in-depth historical and cultural analysis of the topic.
During her four years at Susquehanna, Darko has been involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Gospel Choir, Stadium Band, Women's Rugby, Orientation Team, LeaderShape, International Club, and served as a peer advisor and Global Opportunities (GO) ambassador for the Office of Cross-Cultural Programs.
She also spent the fall semester of 2013 studying abroad at Regent's University London through Susquehanna's GO program.
"One of the best and rewarding things I did while studying abroad was get involved in the community and use my time there as an active participant-not as a guest waiting to be served," Darko said. "I have learned that it is important to actively participate in any community I become a part of, no matter where I am in the world, because it will make a difference, whether it is big or small."
After graduation, Darko plans to pursue a career in international affairs. This summer, she will work at Susquehanna as a senior conference assistant for the Office of Event Management.