- Who We Are
Students from California campuses were selected in January 2014 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.
Stephanie Bailey is a fifth year student at the University of California, San Diego. She is pursing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development with minors in Global Health and Language Studies with an emphasis in Spanish. Her interests include sexual and women's health and she is committed to student's health and well-being. She currently volunteers at the Sexual Health Info Sessions and is the Outreach Coordinator for the Student Health Advocates, a peer health education group on campus. Additionally, she serves as Co-Chair of the Well-Being Cluster Student Advisory Board which aims to bring staff and students together to ensure that the school is identifying and meeting the health and well-being needs of students. In this position, she also serves as the UCSD Student Health Insurance Plan Undergraduate Representative which has given her the unique opportunity to work with the UC Office of the President on the system-wide insurance plan for students. After graduation, Stephanie hopes to pursue a Master's of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Education.
Idris Brewster is a sophomore cognitive science major with a computer science minor at Occidental from Brooklyn, New York. He is ecstatic to be working with the Office of Community Engagement. Community engagement is a passion of his. He is currently working on an engagement campaign regarding black male achievement. He will be working on a project to build a student advisory council for community engagement on campus.
Janeth Herrera Bucio is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender Ethnic & Multi-cultural studies with an emphases in Chicana/o studies at Cal Poly Pomona. She is a student activist for women rights and Immigration Reform. She is currently working with the California Dream Network, a student organization throughout California that advocates for higher education, The Federal Dream Act, and Comprehension Immigration Reform. They do this by networking with college campuses all over Northern and Southern California by organizing high school reach outs, workshops, and retreats to educate student activist on current policies that relate to immigration. Additionally, she is very active in her campus by participating in Diversity Ambassadors, an organization on campus that focuses on social justice, particularly in the civil rights movement. Serves as secretary in the CEIS council, and is part of the GEMS club. After Graduation, Janeth hopes to attain both a Masters and Doctorate in Ethnic Studies, where she hopes to work in community outreach with non-profits around the L.A. area.
Emily M. Cohen is a fourth year student at the University of California, San Diego. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development. She has a passion for helping and educating others and is interested in topics of health promotion and education, leadership development, and volunteer opportunities. Currently, Emily is a member of the Student Health Advocate program and serves as Coordinator of General Health Outreach Programs. Through numerous campus wide events, she educates other students about general health issues and concerns, how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and develop leadership skills and improve communication abilities.
Elizabeth Creech is a sophomore at the University of San Diego. She is double-majoring in International Relations and Sociology with a minor in Asian Studies. She most recently lived in Singapore, but is happy to now call San Diego her home. As an active member of USD's campus, Elizabeth is the site coordinator for the Linda Vista Teen Center, the local branch of the Boys and Girls Club of America. She also coordinates a service program called "Cool Club," an after-school program for college students with intellectual disabilities. In addition, she is the Service and Philanthropy Director of Kappa Alpha Theta and a member of Founders Chapel Choir. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors hiking, swimming, camping, and biking.
Kate Curtis is from Eugene, Oregon and is currently a sophomore at the University of Redlands, majoring in Psychology and working towards obtaining a multiple subject teaching credential. She has been working with children in various settings for over seven years. Although she is unsure what she will do after graduation, she would like to make a positive impact on the lives on children. Teaching or counseling are among her top career choices. She is involved on the Redlands campus, not only tutoring with Jasper’s Corner, but also working with a weekly mentoring program for elementary through middle school students, called Big Buddies. Both programs have been a great experience for her and helped to shape her lifelong goals. She is excited to continue working with children in her next two years at Redlands, as well as her future career.
Marisela Esparza is a senior at the University of San Francisco, studying International Studies with an emphasis in Global Politics and Societies. Marisela has worked for the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good as an Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE) for two years now and has participated in a majority of the programs that the Center offers, including spending a summer in a Sacramento working at the Capitol and living and interning in Washington D.C. Marisela’s commitment to service-learning began since she took a service learning course her sophomore year. That class exposed different social issues that she did not know she cared about and helped her move from passion to action in working against these social issues. Once she graduates she hopes to continue the work of service, especially in the field of immigration.
Soumya Kandukuri is a first-year student at Occidental College majoring in Diplomacy and World Affairs who is committed to increasing accessibility to and awareness of the power of political engagement for marginalized peoples. Her experiences in competitive public speaking in high school exposed her to researching and analyzing international and domestic political, economic, and cultural issues. From this grew a passion for working on issues of inequity within existing political and societal structures, and empowering those who are ignored in these structures to find and use their political voice. She capitalized on this passion by being part of the American Youth Leadership Program, a fully sponsored U.S. State Department delegation to Cambodia, empowering her fellow high school students through sharing her excitement for current events and public speaking, and leading multiple student organizations and political events on her campus. Hailing from the Bay Area, Soumya is trained in the Indian classical dance form of Bharathanatyam, loves watching the news, and hopes to go into the field of international human rights law. Through her Campus Compact fellowship, she plans to work with the Eagle Rock community, in which Occidental is located, to create multilingual Town Hall meetings engaging people of color in discussing hot-button issues.
Robin Willis is a first year student at Cal Poly Pomona in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Human Resources. Her career goals are Not-for-Profit Management. She has done extensive work with the Girl Scouts involving the completion of her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award. Through this work, Robin has developed a deep understanding of the true impact that community service offers. Her strengths are in serving as a community liaison, fundraising, and event planning for a cause. This appreciation and love of volunteer work has influenced her choice of major and future career goals. Beginning her entrance to college she has become her building's council secretary as well as a Foal Watch Member at the infamous W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, where she cares for a mare.
Lochan Shah is a Public Health major and premedical student at UC Berkeley interested in bridging the gap between medicine and public health. She believes that health correlates with economic and community wellbeing, and is passionate about eliminating health disparity to achieve social justice. As a Bonner Leader, she hopes to work on a mentor program at De Anza High School to foster a safe atmosphere for urban disadvantaged students to grow and learn. She hopes to help close the achievement gap by connecting youth with resources, leadership training, and a support space. Her goal to affect equality on all aspects of health has also led her to teach sexual education through Peer Health Exchange and to cofound Project Nutrition, which hopes to make healthy diets more accessible to low income communities.