Emma Davis

University of Central Arkansas

Emma Davis, a transfer student at the University of Central Arkansas, is a leader for gender and racial equity on our campus and in our state. She has been integral to the civic engagement of her fellow students in expanding voter registration initiatives, voter education events, and demonstrations of advocacy and activism. She is currently serving on a statewide task force to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and communities and continuing to lead civic engagement efforts through campus organizations and coalitions.

Houston Davis
University of Central Arkansas

Personal Statement

I was 10 years old when Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. I was 13 when the protests following the death of Michael Brown began. Tamir Rice was only a year younger than I was when he was shot and killed by a police officer for holding a toy. Throughout my youth, I watched children my age and older be brutalized by the same people who swore an oath to protect them. In 2020, after the horrendous and violent deaths of Breonna Taylor, Amaud Arbery, and George Floyd I knew that in order for change to be made, I had to do my part in speaking out against systemic racism and the thousands of deaths it results in. By using social media, I was able to share information regarding racism and police brutality as well as organize a protest with my friend. I would be honored to be a recipient of the Newman Civic Fellowship because I know that in order to end the systemic oppression of Black and Brown people racism must be confronted and justice must be for all people.

Emma Davis
Political Science: Class of 23-May
written 2021

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Salma Yajaira Gómez Pineda, Universidad de Monterrey Daniel Khoshkepazi, University of Baltimore Mansi Seth, University of California Berkeley Emma Davis, University of Central Arkansas Victoria Orindas Corcino, University of Central Florida Sai Reddy, University of Cincinnati Areyana Janae-Andrea Proctor, University of Colorado Boulder Irene Soteriou, University of Connecticut Ryan Greensfelder, University of Dayton Nicole Kennedy, University of Delaware Jenny Truong, University of Denver Miguel Garcia, University of Houston-Downtown Courtney Washington, University of Illinois at Chicago Celena Zacchai, University of Maine at Augusta Brandon Reed, University Of Maine at Farmington Callie Jordan, University of Mary Washington Ayotomiwa Fashola, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Faith Davis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Gifty Kessie, University of Massachusetts Lowell Ian Malesiewski, University of Miami Isabella DeArmitt, University of Missouri-St. Louis Mia McKinney, University of Montana Allison Hrovat, University of Mount Union Vanessa Chavez Jurado, University of Nebraska at Omaha Lauren Martin, University of North Carolina Charlotte Justin Bray, University of North Georgia Jerrell Bates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlyn Cano, University of Notre Dame Anjali Mishra, University of Oregon Alisa Ghura, University of Pennsylvania Brianna Silva, University of Richmond Kapri Tulang-De Silva, University of San Diego Jada Curry, University of San Francisco Daniela Isaza, University of South Carolina Upstate Sophia Faacks, University of St. Thomas Hannah Beauchamp-Pope, University of Wisconsin Green Bay Beth Allen, University of Wisconsin-Madison Alisson Anguiano Salas, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Jessica Smith, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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