UR Junior Awarded 2020 Fellowship Focusing on Civic Growth

March 27, 2020

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — University of Richmond junior TJ Tann of West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been announced as a 2020 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities. 

This latest award marks the third consecutive year that a University of Richmond student has been selected for a Newman Civic Fellowship.

The yearlong program aims to foster personal, professional, and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

“Tann’s humility and passion for getting things done is admired by students on campus and his colleagues in the community alike,” said Ronald A. Crutcher, UR president and Tann’s mentor, in his letter to the application committee. “He is committed to collaborative action to address inequality issues in Richmond and beyond.” 

Tann is a leadership studies major, a Bonner Scholar, and co-president of the Multicultural Student Solidarity Network. He has completed an extensive list of volunteer and internship opportunities including with the State Council of Higher Education, the Legal Aid Justice Center, The Commonwealth Institute, Lift-DC, Reach Out, and the Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. 

“I plan to reflect on the work that I am doing with Housing Opportunities Made Equal and work toward housing equality in Virginia,” said Tann. “This opportunity will empower me to continue to make the difference I have been trying to make for low-income communities of color.”