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Students from California campuses were selected in September 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.


Heather Addington is a first-generation college student pursuing a Management major at the University of California, Merced. She is a transfer student and hails from Lodi, a small town in the Central San Joaquin Valley. In all pursuits, Heather receives strong support from her parents and 3 siblings and credits them for showing her the beauty of embracing others that are different from her. Heather is a quadruplet, which she says with a smile, “makes for an interesting yet rewarding life.” Heather’s family has taught her what it means to be an encouragement to other’s pursuits, and helped inspire her eagerness to be engaged with her community. Heather’s desire is to fight the American ideology of individualism by showing the importance of community. She wants to “open up a horizon of hope for others by serving her community” (Pope Francis). Heather will be serving as the Bobcat Project Partnership Leader, facilitating community engagement participation and dialogue for UC Merced students and the Merced community.

Alex Gallo is a sophomore from Hollister, California, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Fresno State. Her goal is to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School.  Alex’s commitment to the community started in high school as a member of the Associated Student Body, Key Club, and Interact Club.  Since attending Fresno State, Alex has continued her service activities as a participant in Alternative Spring Break, a member of the Richter Center Ambassadors (student leaders who promote and nurture Fresno State’s culture of service), and a Volunteer Coordinator for Camp Kesem.  As a California Campus Compact Community Engagement Fellow, Alex will develop a portfolio of presentations offered by the Ambassadors to enhance and increase student service efforts. 

Raymundo Gonzalez is from San Diego, California, and is a first year generation student embarking on his third year at the University of Redlands pursuing a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a minor in computer science. During high school, he would volunteer most of his time at the Boys and Girls Club. He also tutored upper classmen math during AVID. Now at the University, he volunteers his time at a tutoring service program, Jaspers Corner. He tutors all subjects, but his main focus is math. He loves to help others learn math phrase and object for both visual and non-visual learners. When he is not tutoring, he enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and being outdoors.

Nancy Mohammed is a double-major in Biology and Graphic Design at Fresno State.  She constantly seeks opportunities that combine her passion for art, technology, and service.  Nancy is a student assistant for the instructional designer of Fresno State’s eportfolio program, Pathbrite; she is the Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator for Vintage Days, Fresno State’s largest student-organized event; and she promotes service as a Richter Center Ambassador.  As a California Campus Compact Community Engagement Fellow, Nancy will design and implement an agency database as a component of the Community Engagement Coaches program designed by two former fellows.  She hopes to one day become an art director for a magazine publication, teach art at the university level, and participate in the funding of art education and promotion.

Nicole Neiman is a sophomore at the University of Redlands. She grew up in the Sacramento area where she was actively involved with school and sports.  Nicole played soccer and softball, and practiced martial arts.  She has always loved volunteering in her community, whether she is picking up trash around a park, or volunteering in a hospital. She chose to come to Redlands for the small classes and ability to get to know her professors and peers. At the U of R, she is majoring in Biology with hopes of going to medical school in the future and to hopefully become a United States military physician.  She is so excited to become a part of California Campus Compact's Community Engagement Student Fellowship. 

Marvin H. Thompson, III is a non-traditional age undergraduate CAPA student at the University of La Verne and is currently a junior majoring in Sociology. Marvin is a transfer student who previously attended Mount San Antonio College graduating with his two-year degree and is a father to his son, Marvin IV. He currently works in the Office of Civic and Community Engagement as a student assistant and at The National College Resources Foundation as a site coordinator, is the outreach coordinator for the Black Student Union and the Brother’s Forum student organizations, and volunteers his time mentoring students at Pomona High School and that the Prison Education Project.

Priya Patel is a fourth year student at the University of California, San Diego. She is pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Physiology and Neuroscience with a minor in Computer Science and Engineering. Currently, Priya is a member of the Student Health Advocate program where she in the Fitstop coordinator and Teaching Assistant for the incoming SHA class. As a part of SHA, Priya seeks to educate the campus community about health issue and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle through mental and physical well being. Additionally, Priya is currently a volunteer research assistant at the UCSD Center for Brain and Cognition where she works under Dr. Ramachandran to research the effects of Synesthesia and mirror box therapy. She is also a member of Neurotherapy International which is an organization that aims to introduce this therapy to medical schools and facilities worldwide so that it can be incorporated into their curriculum. Priya went to Haiti in the summer of 2013 to introduce mirror box therapy to various physicians there. Currently, she is working with the Haitian government to create a curriculum to teach Haitian physicians about the therapy in attempts to make mirror box therapy accessible to amputee and stroke patients there. She is passionate about educating others about general health, fitness, and nutrition as well as neuroscience research.

Natalie Villalobos is a fourth year at the University of California, Merced. She is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. Natalie loves to read and volunteer in her free time. Her passion has always been children, which is what attracted her to the Literacy Project. What mainly interested her is being able to work with teachers on something so important as the Literacy Project. She is very excited and looks forward to starting this project.

Andrew Yousef is a fourth year student at the University of California, San Diego. He is pursuing a double major in Human Biology and Economics. As a trained peer educator with Student Health Advocates (SHA), he is able to share his knowledge on a variety of health issues with other students. He participates in outreach events throughout campus and at several locations where he does fitness assessments and distributes information about specific health issues such as nutrition, stress, sleep deprivation, sexual health, etc. Besides being a part of the SHA program, he also volunteers at Camp Kesem, an organization that works to host a camp for children who have parents affected by cancer. When a parent is diagnosed with cancer, the entire family is affected. Volunteering for this organization is important to Andrew because he gets to see the difference a week away at camp can make for these children who have had to deal with so much at home.