SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Rocina Dalzell of Brooklyn, a member of the class of 2013 at Bryant University, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by the Campus Compact orgnaization. She is one of 162 college students from across the United States to be selected for their achievements in finding solutions to community problems.
“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can — and does — play in building a better world,” said Campus Compact Board Chair James B. Dworkin, chancellor at Purdue University North Central.
A major in sociology and service learning with a double minor in business administration and human resources, she has dedicated her energies to the child welfare system and HIV/AIDS in the minority community. In both instances, she engaged in policy-level work, education and advocacy.
Her work with the Youth Justice Board in New York City created 14 specific policy recommendations to reform New York City’s Family Court Permanency Planning Process in order to improve the outcome and experiences of youth in foster care. She is co-director of WE SPEAK Alumni at the Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition, president of Christian Fellowship and vice president of the University’s Alliance for Women’s Awareness.
Dalzell hopes to pursue a career as a Family Court judge. “The family unit is a very important aspect in one’s life. It’s where children develop their values,” she says.
As a judge, Dalzell hopes to be able to shape policies and programs that will help people reach their highest potential.
“I have worked with Rocina since she arrived at Bryant and have been steadily impressed by how she actively seeks out ways to contribute to our community and others in deep and profound ways,” said Sandra Enos, associate professor of sociology and service learning. “She takes on difficult issues and commits herself to them. It is a great privilege to work with a student who has not only noble goals but works toward achieving them in her studies and community work.”