Morgan State University student and Baltimore native William Lessane has been nominated by university President David Wilson for a Newman Civic Fellowship, a yearlong program offered by the organization Campus Compact.
After undergoing a competitive review, Lessane will join 289 other students from 39 states, D.C., Greece, Lebanon and Mexico in activities designed to support them in their personal, civic and professional development and prepare them for the long-term work of public problem-solving and building equitable communities. The program also aims to create a national network of engaged student leaders.
It marks the second consecutive year a Morgan student has earned the honor.
“I am extremely excited about my selection as a Newman Civic Fellow,” Lessane said. “The main part of the program I’m looking forward to is having a mentor for at least a year who will counsel and teach me about how to be better in my civic engagement and how to promote social and economic empowerment in my community. Additionally, I’m looking forward to changing the narrative so that Baltimore is not just the home of ‘The Wire’ but is also ‘Charm City,’ ‘The City That Reads’ and, ultimately, the city that believes and works every day to B’more of our very best selves.”
Now assistant manager at the Baltimore County Westside Men’s Shelter, Lessane serves clients needing community reentry assistance, mental health diagnosis, services for the homeless, access to earned benefits, and addiction and rehabilitation support services.
“I take pride in my work and treat everyone with the utmost dignity, and I approach my personal and professional environments as a family,” Lessane said. “Morgan has equipped me with the fundamental knowledge of social work concepts and theories, in addition to the ability to analyze, evaluate and apply my practical expertise.”