- Who We Are
Students from California campuses were selected in January 2016 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.
Kristen Burch is a sophomore student at Loyola Marymount University, and is currently studying Accounting. She grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Kristen is excited to be a CESF Fellow because she is inspired to engage in serving the community as well as to encourage others to actively participate in service for the better of this world. Her previous volunteer activities, including coaching youth sports and assisting children with disabilities, have led her to be interested in facilitating community engagement. In the future, she will graduate from LMU with a degree in Accounting and go on to work at one of the accounting firms in LA.
Cléo Charpantier is an 18 year-old Occidental first-year student from San Francisco, who grew up bilingual in French. She attended International High School, a French immersion school that allowed her to specialize in the social sciences. Here at Occidental, she is studying philosophy and economics as a continuation of the interest she developed in high school. Cléo has always had an eye for photography, something which she inherited from her aunt and hopes to put to use through her fellowship.
Jennifer Chin Jennifer Chin was born in the state of Hawaii but spent most of her life in California, and considers herself a California Native. She is currently studying Occupational Therapy at Stanbridge College in Irvine, California. She received her Bachelor in Science in Nutritional Sciences: Physiology & Metabolism at University of California in Berkeley. Following this, she spent a good number of yearstravelling, living, and teaching English in Japan, and working as a Corporate Events and Marketing Manager before deciding to go back to school. She looks forward to working with young to older adults in her second career as an Occupational Therapist. She enjoys sports, travel, cooking, and spending time with her active 8-year-old son.
Kimberly Cooprider is a senior Asian Studies major at the University of Redlands. Having had the opportunity to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan wherein she was able to enhance her understanding and appreciation of language and culture, she envisions teaching internationally as a career. Kimberly has tutored elementary, middle, and high school students in Jasper’s Corner Homework Help Club at the University of Redlands and is looking forward to continuing this rewarding experience during her final semester as an undergraduate student. Kimberly has recently served on a Study Abroad Advisor search committee at her university and is currently the secretary for Redlands’ chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honors society. Kimberly has served as a Global Ambassador for the international students at her university and, as she prepares to serve abroad as a Teaching Assistant for the coming May Term course Growing up in Japan, is working to enrich her leadership and communication skills. Kimberly is thrilled to be serving her community through tutoring services and international student support. She is grateful to be involved in such substantive, encouraging work.
Kelsey Martin is a first-year at Occidental College and a prospective sociology major. She is from a suburb of Portland, Oregon. Kelsey joined the Center for Community Based Learning staff because she values active community engagement and wants to see it flourish at Occidental. She hopes to work closely with first-generation and underrepresented students through her work with the CCBL. Kelsey specifically plans on partnering with Occidental’s Multicultural Visitation Program, which brings admitted students from underrepresented backgrounds to campus in the fall and spring. Kelsey is also an active supporter of the Intertribal Education Collaborative, which focuses on increasing Native American student participation in higher education.
Lauren Schneider is a graduate student at Stanbridge College pursing a Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy. She was born and raised in California's San Fernando Valley where she was a girl scout for 13 years, which exposed her to a variety of community service opportunities. One of her favorite organizations is Operation Gratitude; a volunteer-based corporation that sends over 150,000 care packages to our military troops overseas each year. Lauren has helped assemble care packages with Operation Gratitude for over ten years and became even more connected to the cause when she married a United States Marine in 2013. Lauren is also a volunteer for Life College where she helps teach life skills to young adults with intellectual disabilities in order to promote independence and participation in meaningful occupations. As a student she wishes to continue engaging in community service through Life College and Operation Gratitude as well as seek out new opportunities. Her ultimate goal is to provide occupational therapy services to under-served populations through community engagement.
Will Schweitzer has been tutoring children since 2011. He is a professional app developer and archery instructor and has directed and starred in several student films. He has volunteered hundreds of hours and in places as far away as India. Will attends the University of Redlands, and was born and raised in San Jose, California
Mariah Williams is a Political Science major attending Loyola Marymount University. She was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and has always prioritized giving back to underserved communities. This fellowship is one way to do so by administering the community engagement experience of LMU business in the Watts neighborhood. Mariah knew right away that serving marginalized communities would be an important part of her educational experience. So when she began her first year at LMU last semester she jumped at the opportunity to join the staff of the community-based learning program. As a Community-Based Learning Student Coordinator in LMU’s Center for Service and Action, Mariah supports students and faculty as they pursue community engagement. To prepare for law school, Mariah interns monthly with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League as a high school debate tournament judge. In her spare time, she enjoys creative abilities through drawing and animation.