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Department of Psychology
University of Mississippi

Student, Community Champion Named 2024 Newman Civic Fellow

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Elijah Mudryk receives access to leadership development and educational resources

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi psychology graduate student Elijah Mudryk will spend the next year learning how to make the world a better place as a 2024 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow.

Mudryk, a clinical psychology doctoral candidate, is among a cohort of 142 students selected from 38 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico. University presidents nominate students based on their potential for public leadership and community work.

“This fellowship reflects Elijah’s outstanding leadership, and I applaud his engagement with communities and his drive to problem-solve and help groups access resources,” Chancellor Glenn Boyce said.

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“In particular, his work with the Psychological Services Center at the University of Mississippi has helped provide evidence-based social skills training for neurodivergent children, demonstrating the reach and impact of our graduate students’ efforts on the greater community.”

Each student will participate in learning and networking sessions, one-on-one leadership development and opportunities to present or publish work through Campus Compact, a coalition of colleges and universities with a goal of expanding the public impact of high

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Mudryk plans to maximize the fellowship by connecting with people from disciplines outside of psychology in search of new ways to approach community issues.

“I’d love to learn as much as I can from business, from art, from sociology, from communications, from the hard sciences, all of the different fields I can,” he said. “How they communicate findings to the public, how they really try to instrument change using their knowledge.”

“We spend years and years and years learning these really specific ways of understanding things and it’s so hard to communicate that knowledge to the public a lot of the time. Trying to learn from different perspectives and seeing how they’ve applied civic change will be the most useful thing.”