Andrea Laidman, a University of Notre Dame senior from Alden, N.Y., is the recipient of national and state awards from Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.
Laidman is one of only five students selected nationwide and the second consecutive Notre Dame student to receive the Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award in recognition of her commitment to public service and for developing an innovative program to address issues facing the community. She will receive a $1,500 contribution to be used in a service program of her choosing.
Nationally, Campus Compact is a coalition of more than 800 college and university presidents that encourages the expansion and support of educational programs involving students in volunteerism and social service.
Laidman also has received the Richard J. Wood Student Community Commitment Award from Indiana Campus Compact, a member of the national organization that consists of a consortium of 31 Indiana higher education institutions. The Wood Award is presented annually to one student per university, based on his or her record of service and determination to positively affect his or her community.
A Presidential Scholar with a double major in political science and international peace studies, Laidman is the co-founder of Notre Dame Against State Killing (ND ASK), a student-led campaign for a moratorium on executions in the state of Indiana. She has served as a columnist and reporter for Notre Dames student newspaper, The Observer, and worked abroad as a legal research intern for the Irish Department of Justice.