Build your skills & your network!

Come together with other community-committed students from around the country for the 2022 Convening of Newman Civic Fellows. During the convening, you'll get to tighten your bonds with other Fellows, learn from civic and community engagement experts about organizing and making positive change, and experience hands-on democratic learning at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. Each year, fellows say that this in-person convening is a highlight of the fellowship—we hope you'll join us!

October 28 & 29, 2022
Boston, Massachusetts

Registration is required. Please register by Tuesday, September 23.


The agenda is a work in progress. Check back for updates as we confirm our speakers and sessions. For information about hotel, meals and transportation, please visit the Conference Logistics page.

Friday, October 28

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate

11:30 AM

Registration & Lunch
Don't forget to pick up your t-shirt!

12:45 PM


1:00 PM                                                                                    

Group A
Today's Vote: Green New Deal

In the Today’s Vote program, participate in a live floor debate on an active piece of legislation being considered by the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. The simulated Senate session provides an introduction to the bill under consideration and highlights some of the Senate Chamber’s rules and traditions. As a “senator for a day,” you will investigate the bill, consider live debates by the Institute’s actor “senators,” and offer your own statements on the Senate floor. Today’s Vote culminates in a live vote, tallied on the Institute’s Senate Chamber screens.

Group B
Museum Tour & Networking

3:00 PM

Group A
Museum Tour & Networking

Group B
Today's Vote: Green New Deal

5:15 PM

Guest Speaker

5:45 PM - 7:00 pm


Saturday, October 29

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

8:45 AM

Welcome & breakfast

9:30 AM

Group photo
Wear your Campus Compact t-shirt!

10:00 AM                                                   

Opening session/workshop

11:30 AM

Lunch & networking

12:30 PM


1:30 PM

Explore the JFK Presidential Library & Museum

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. Fellows will have an opportunity to tour the Museum, which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President. 

2:45 PM

Closing remarks

We recommend departures flights any time after 4:30 pm.

COVID-19 Precautions

We can’t wait to see you in person in October—and we want you to feel completely confident about your decision to join us.

We’re carefully tracking all the latest health and safety guidance for large group gatherings from the CDC, state and local government, and our conference venues. Right now, masks are not required but are recommended at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute and the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, but that may change. We will keep you informed and post updates on this page in the event of any updates.

In the event that you are sick or not feeling well in the days prior to the conference, please stay home.