- Who We Are
Students from California campuses were selected in September 2013 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.
Amy Blair is in her final year at Cal State Dominguez Hills. She is majoring in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peace-building and minoring in Dance. Most recently she completed an internship in the Spring of 2013 where she worked with middle-school aged children who live in the Watts project in LA. Her particular interest was to utilize dancing as a physical medium to teach conflict resolution. Amy is also very interested in pursuing research on and the practice of using the creative arts as a non-traditional way to help others resolve inter and intra-personal conflicts. She is particularly interested in helping to reach out to those who are often marginalized so that they can learn to use their own voice and be empowered to become active participants in their lives and those around them.
Aaron Cohen is from Milpitas, California and is currently a sophomore at the University of Redlands in pursuit of a teaching credential and a degree in English. Aaron has known that he wanted to be a high school English teacher since he was a junior at Milpitas High School and so far he has stayed in love with the idea of eventually having his own class to teach. When Aaron is not in class or working at his job at the Irvine Commons, he enjoys skating, hiking, reading, writing and of course, tutoring. He has had experience tutoring in both a private and learning center styled setting and enjoyed both very much. Aaron enjoys helping other people learn almost as much as he loves learning for himself. As someone who aspires to become a teacher, Aaron realizes that we must never stop learning and he feels that the Community Engagement Student Fellowship can teach him a great deal of things about our community and about himself.
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.
Amanda de Lima is a third year Smittcamp Family Honors College student at California State University, Fresno. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Business-Administration. Amanda represents the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning as a student Ambassador. As an Ambassador, she encourages and provides resources for her peers to become involved in service to others. Having immigrated from Brazil at age nine, Amanda is interested in the acculturation process for international students. She has volunteered as a conversation partner in the American English Institute and plans to continue this work in the future. Amanda has also volunteered in various service events around Fresno ranging from Step Up for Down Syndrome, national and local days of service such as Make a Difference Day, and Kid's Day benefiting Children’s Hospital Central California. One day, Amanda hopes to become a Psychology professor and impact the lives of her students by demonstrating the importance of service. Amanda’s work as a California Campus Compact Community Engagement Fellow will be to design and implement an Ambassador Peer Advising program to assist students seeking the services of the Richter Center.
Emily Hentschke, of California State University, Fresno, is a fourth year Psychology major and Smittcamp Family Honors College student, earning a Certificate in Serving Troubled Youth and a Humanics Certificate in Community Benefit Organization Administration and Leadership. Originally from Granite Bay, CA, Emily was very involved with service, whether it was serving her high school through leadership, or serving the global community with her church and its mission trips to Mexico and the Apache Indian Reservation in Globe, Arizona. Emily values her move to Fresno because of the opportunities to participate in a larger community and to join Fresno State’s culture of service. At Fresno State, Emily has served as a mentor at Wolter’s Elementary School and at the Boys and Girls Club. This summer, Emily once again took her service global with a mission trip to Nicaragua. Currently, she plans single day service events as a member of the Richter Center’s SERVE Committee, interns with West African Vocational Schools and the Fresno Rescue Mission, and serves the student body as a Richter Center Ambassador. Emily will create and implement an Ambassador Peer Advising program through her position as a California Campus Compact Community Engagement Fellow in order to better support students seeking the services of the Richter Center. Emily shares that as she continues to grow through service, she wants to ensure that her peers have access to the same growth opportunities.
Alan Jones is in his final year of the Integral Counseling Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies where he earned his undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. He is a teacher’s assistant in the East West Psychology Program as well as the Bachelors Completion Program. Currently Alan is a marriage and family therapist trainee at Options Recovery Services in Berkeley. He has been involved in restorative justice practices through Insight Prison Project and SEEDS Community Resolution Center. Alan enjoys working with indigenous elders and is a core member of the Seven Circles Foundation supporting First Nations ceremonies with elder Fred Wahpepah.
Angelah Limon is completing her Bachelors of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies this fall, at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She considers herself a lifelong student, with a passion for literacy, transformative leadership and education. As a mother of a ten-year old boy, she has dedicated her time to volunteering in the classrooms and the school library, to participate in her Albany community. Angelah's Field Reader titled, “Liberation Wanted: Awakening the Filipina Self,” is based on her personal journey-- a look into the process of deconstructing the bi-cultural Filipina-American psyche, in search of liberation from the Philippines' colonial past. This ongoing research is indicative of her commitment as a woman and as an artist, to advocate for women's rights and their freedoms. For Angelah, a woman's oppressed voice need not be silenced-- her multiple stories matter, and she must be, ultimately freed to tell her stories, for her passions, and true purpose, to fly.
Stephanie Miller is a senior at the University of California, Merced, and will be graduating in the Fall of 2013. She hopes to research motivational triggers that instill independent learning behaviors in students. She finds passion in many aspects of life including education, but her greatest passion is helping others. Her philosophy follows closely with that of John F. Kennedy: “One person can make a difference, and every person should try.” Stephanie was born and raised in Merced, California, and has firsthand experience with the decline in literacy proficiency in her hometown. She wants to work with the Boys and Girls Club as an intern for Power Hour Plus, because a child’s ability to read strengthens his or her ability to be a strong learner. If we strengthen this skill when they are young, they will find it easier to pursue higher forms of education in the future, which is an important goal for children in underrepresented communities.
Laura Murphy is a conscious creator and contemplative focused on Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at California State University Dominguez Hills. Self and collective efficacy, social Justice, nonviolence, sustainability, education, mediation, advocacy, public art and creative expression, health and mindfulness motivate Laura to co-create world peace in solidarity with peacemakers and social movements across the globe.
Merlyn Perez is a 4th year student at the University of California, Merced. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. She is originally from Los Angeles and was raised by a single mother who had 4 kids. Merlyn is the first person from her whole family that lives in the United States to graduate from high school and the first to attend a university on a full ride scholarship. Her goals are to graduate from college and attend law school and once she completes law school, she would like to help out her community through pro bono work for those who need legal advice. Her passion is helping others any way that she can, which is why Merlyn joined Merced County Project 10%. This project made her realize how important it is to motivate the younger generations to graduate from high school and get their high school diplomas. Before joining project 10% Merlyn never thought that the struggles she had to face growing up could motivate others to overcome their struggles and hardship and to be able to do anything they put their minds to. As a college student, she never thought that she would be able to motivate as many kids as she did through Merced County Project 10% and she is excited to see how this program can help change our community.
Sayuri Takagawa is a senior majoring in Peace and Conflicts Studies with a minor in Global Poverty and Practices at UC Berkeley. Her project will address how to better contribute to the anti-human trafficking movement while simultaneously further engaging the student population across the Bay Area. Through a new student organization, the Student Abolitionist Movement (SAM), Sayuri will serve as SAM Outreach Coordinator to connect UC Berkeley students who are interested in getting involved in the anti-trafficking movement through various means that both meets students’ commitment level and skills with the needs of partner organizations in the Bay Area. Sayuri served as Bonner Leader AmeriCorps member with Women's Economic Agenda Project in 2012-13, and in 2013-14 is serving as a Shinnyo Fellowship through the UC Berkeley Public Service Center's partnership with the Shinnyo-en Foundation.