SNR Student Named a Newman Civic Fellow for Work Against Gun Violence
03/25/2013 

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School of New Resources student Christopher Foye has been named one of 15 Newman Civic Fellows in New York for serving his community, including his work against gun violence in marginalized neighborhoods.

The award is given annually by Campus Compact, a coalition of nearly 1,200 college and university presidents across the country dedicated to campus-based civic engagement.

"These students represent the next generation of public problem-solvers and civic leaders," said Campus Compact President Maureen Curley. "They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can -- and does -- play in building stronger communities."

In 2009, Foye founded the Chris S. Owens Foundation in honor of his son, who was killed by a stray bullet at the age of 13. This year, he was one of four recipients of The College of New Rochelle's Serviam Awards.

This February, Foye attended congressional hearings on gun violence, meeting First Lady Michelle Obama and New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and watching the State of the Union Address with other advocates in Washington, D.C.

This year, he's planning a memorial scholarship awards dinner for his foundation, a basketball tournament organized with other nonprofits, and a holiday toy drive in partnership with The College of New Rochelle. Also in the works is a program called The First Responders, which seeks to help communities dealing with incidents of gun violence.

Learn more about Christopher Foye