Students from California campuses were selected in January 2020 to participate in California Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Student Fellowship (CESF) program, a 4-month initiative specifically designed to support student leaders advancing service, service-learning and community engagement at California Campus Compact member campuses throughout the state.
Kristy Alvarez is a first-generation college student at Stanbridge University in Orange County who is pursuing a career in nursing. Upon graduation, she plans on furthering her education in order to work as a nurse practitioner, as well as using her knowledge and skills to provide free health care service to underserved communities. She has volunteered teaching children science experiments at the Discover Science Center, provided companionship for those in hospices, and has loved having the opportunity to clean up our oceans. She is passionate about helping others and implementing measures to serve everyone in her community.
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Marc Daniel Andres has a Bachelor of Science degree from CSUF and is currently a student at Stanbridge University. He is pursuing an associate degree in occupational science to become an occupational therapy assistant. He is active on campus as a peer tutor, and he serves as part of the Assembly of Student Delegates to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), where he is the liaison between Stanbridge and the nationally recognized AOTA. He is committed to academic excellence and recognizes what he learns will be useful in changing patients’ lives in the future, an ethos he aims to impart to all his peers.
Alyssa Delarosa is in her final semester at College of the Canyons where she will obtain an Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree in Psychology. Alyssa is passionate about serving the Santa Clarita Valley as well as the Greater Los Angeles area due to her current experience as President of Psychology Club & Psi Beta Honor Society at College of the Canyons coordinating volunteer events with local organizations and collaborating volunteer and on-campus events with campus clubs and Honor Societies. Alyssa became a member of the Civic Engagement Steering Committee at College of the Canyons in the Fall semester of 2019 where she became aware of student homelessness and housing insecurity in the Santa Clarita Valley. Alyssa is now actively involved in raising awareness and starting conversations on campus and in the community regarding student homelessness and housing insecurity. After she graduates, Alyssa intends to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Science in Kinesiology, and finally a doctoral degree in psychology as her long-term goal is to become a Sports Psychologist working with student athletes, thus her commitment to raising awareness and tackling current issues that students face.
Ahlam Jubran is a first-generation student with a degree in child development and family studies from California State University Long Beach (CSULB). She is currently working on obtaining an associate degree in nursing from Stanbridge University. She has helped coordinate events with a non-profit organization called Access California, as well as coordinated and volunteered at over 30 charity events—many of which have been through the Outreach program at Stanbridge University—and completed an internship at the Child and Family Center located at CSULB. Ahlam aims to continue to seek opportunities in which she can help put a smile on people’s face.
Genevieve Kirsch is a 4th year Political Science major with minors in Education and Global Poverty and Practice. Genevieve grew up in a family of public servants which she credits her deep-rooted orientation towards service work and the high value she places on relationships. The various public service roles she held throughout high school led her to UC Berkeley where the common thread between her three fields of study is her fascination with the way people organize themselves and care for one another on both a personal and institutional scale. Genevieve has been involved with various non-profits and service organizations throughout her time at Cal, including the UC Berkeley Public Service Center. Genevieve spent a year as an intern for the Oakland Unified School District working on Measure G1 initiative (a measure meant to enrich the educational programs offered to middle schoolers) through the UC Berkeley Public Service Internships program. Genevieve was so inspired by her time in the Public Service Internships program that she now serves as a student director for the program. In her role, she helps to mentor, train, and organize a cohort of 40 students as they complete their yearlong internships with various Bay Area public service organizations. Outside of school, Genevieve can be found participating in multiple on-campus organizations, running as she attempts to train for a marathon, or trying to master new recipes in the kitchen.
Kyle Lee is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of California – San Diego (UCSD), working toward a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. He is a trained peer health educator for the Student Health Advocate (SHA) Program specializing in sexual health education. This is Kyle’s second year in the SHA program and through facilitating workshops or tabling, he has been dedicated to informing the students of UCSD about practicing healthy behaviors in regards to safer sex, sexually transmitted infections and testing, and birth control. He also, as a gay man, has been dedicated to increasing sexual health education for other LGBTQIA+ folks through the SHA program. During the fellowship period, Kyle will continue to work as an SHA and support multidisciplinary health initiatives.
Alexis Lucas is currently a junior Health and Human Sciences major at Loyola Marymount University with the goal of applying to medical school after graduation. She grew up in San Antonio, Texas. As a future healthcare provider, Alexis is interested in learning about a wholistic and more accessible view to healthcare. During her fellowship, Alexis will volunteer at SPY (SafePlace for Youth) to learn about health disparities in marginalized populations. She will also work alongside LMU’s Special Games Event as a coach volunteer and coordinate training for individuals volunteering in the event. She hopes to take experiences from her service to further her knowledge about healthcare and how it can be an influence for the greater population.
Luis Madrigal is a fourth year undergraduate at Sonoma State University with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a Minor in Spanish. He is currently considering a career in sports journalism in the future in hopes of working in sports media or news media as a writer or analyst. He is from Zacoalco de Torres, Jalisco, Mexico and grew up in the Bay Area in a small city called Concord, CA. As a first-generation college student, Luis hopes to be the first person in his family to graduate and hopes to continue onto graduate school in the future. While at SSU, he was a Residential Advisor on Campus, wrote for the school’s newspaper (The Star) and is currently doing a fellowship at the Center for Community Engagement on campus. During the fellowship period, Luis plans to learn more about service-learning and community engagement.
Ana-Karina Nguyen is an avid learner who is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at Stanbridge University. Ana works as a Life College assistant, helping young adults with varying intellectual disabilities achieve a college degree and career. Ana is also an aerial arts instructor and dedicates her time to coaching people of all ages on how to find their creativity and strength when flying through the air. Ana also loves to be outdoors and enjoys going on adventures with her 3 year old daughter, Ava. Ana’s dream is to create a therapeutic program that utilizes the performing arts to inspire others in living their lives with independence, confidence, and fulfillment.
Romel Ramirez has an associate degree in sports rehabilitation from Fremont College in Cerritos, CA, is a certified massage therapist, and is currently a student at Stanbridge University in Irvine, CA, where he is studying to become a Physical Therapy Assistant. On campus he is the treasurer of the Stanbridge Association of Physical Therapy Assistant Students. He enjoys sharing his love of learning, making connections, mentoring, and building relationships with everyone he meets. Outside of school, he likes to spend his time with his wife and two daughters, as well as cooking, playing golf, and watching sports. As a father of two, Romel understands the importance of inspiring the youth to lead the future, so, upon graduating, he hopes to work in the pediatric field.
Sara Wright is a student at Stanbridge University in Irvine, CA, studying to become a Veterinary Technician. Sara was born on an Army base in Landstuhl, Germany, and grew up traveling the world with her family. Through Sara’s years of travels, she found her greatest passion to be giving back to others. Upon graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Mt. Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Sara dedicated 15 years to civil service, giving back to her community both on the East and West coasts. While serving her country, Sara had the opportunity to work with various military and police canines, leading her to explore the world of complex and combat animal medicine. Through this work, Sara redirected her focus to giving back to the animal community, and decided to return to school to pursue a career in animal medicine. Sara regularly volunteers at animal hospitals, helps with a multitude of rescue and foster programs and events, and even fosters dogs with severe physical or emotional trauma to aid in their rehabilitation. Sara’s goal is to become a Registered Veterinary Technician, and work in wildlife response and rehabilitation, helping care for animals affected by natural or man-made disasters.