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Students from California campuses were selected in September 2017 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.


Terence Abram is an aspiring Occupational Therapist originally form Rancho Cucamonga, California. Terence attends Stanbridge University where he has just begun his second year of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Prior to attending Stanbridge University, Terence graduated from USC, where he majored in Human Biology and minored in Occupational Science. While attending USC, Terence was a member of the track team for which he served as team captain and was recognized as an All-American for his senior season. Outside of school Terence works as a Behavior Interventionists for Respite Works where he has been employed for the last year.

Karl Andres is a Physical Therapist Assistant student at Stanbridge University. Prior to attending Stanbridge, Karl graduated from University of California Riverside with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with an emphasis in Medical Sciences. After completing a three-month rotation on the sub-acute rehabilitation floor at Queen of the Valley in West Covina, California, he witnessed how physical therapy impacted the lives of others and realized that is what he wanted to do. During his free time Karl loves being outdoors, hiking and camping to explore uncharted lands that span off the trails. He also loves rock climbing and the excitement that comes from feeling the rock under his hands and feet and knowing he alone is in control of his fate. Karl is always looking for a challenge and climbing pushes his body and mind to the limit.

Aditi Bhatnagar is a second year undergraduate at the University of Redlands, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is a peer tutor at the University of the Redlands and is actively involved in church activities. Coming from a land like India, where healthcare of the general public is a priority, she believes that she would be able to give back to the community through her work in the medical field. She is currently volunteering at Jasper's Corner, an organization managed by the University of Redlands that strives to help children in the city with the homework and facilitating them on their journey to being academically competent. She enjoys the company of children and believes that helping them grow with the right assistance is a small step to building a conscious community. She is interested in the stem cell research and its implications in medicine in the future. When free, she enjoys spending time outdoors and trying her hand at culminating various skills.

Jenny Chhang is completing her first term in the Vocational Nursing program at Stanbridge University; and aspires to become a nurse practitioner in the near future. Growing up in an impoverished and crime-ridden neighborhood, and being raised in a community that lacks access to adequate health care have been the principal forces in contextualizing her academic and professional objectives. Jenny’s commitment to her community has transcended the medical realm, as she has worked in various organizations, such as Senior Centers, Computers for Youth, and United Way that are aimed to foster community development. She hopes to play a larger role in her community affairs, by improving the quality of patient care, advocating for her patients and ultimately promoting health-consciousness to local communities. In her free time, she enjoys watching Game of Thrones, hiking, and travelling.

Taylor Clark is a second year student at Loyola Marymount University, double-majoring in Psychology and Sociology, with an emphasis on Cyber-Psychology. She is professional, motivated, and dedicated to achieving her personal as well as academic goals. On campus she is the Vice President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and works on campus for Undergraduate Admissions as a Tour Guide. Her responsibilities include giving tours, speaking to prospective parents and students, and representing the school at different events both on and off campus. In the Fall semester of 2017, Taylor became affiliated with the Center for Service and Action (CSA) as a CACC-CESF fellow. As a fellow, she has partnered with the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, a nonprofit youth organization in South Los Angeles, and is working in conjunction with the South Central Training Consortium to create a set of policies and procedures that will be used to evaluate students who may need mental or emotional support and services. Taylor’s selection as a fellow was determined in collaboration with Naomi McSwain, Executive Director of the Wooten Center, and continues a campus-community partnership begun with Professor Stanley Lewis of LMU’s College of Business Administration. Taylor is passionate about public policy and public services, and committed to ensuring people and communities get the resources, support and "voice" they need as well as deserve.

Eloy Delgado is graduating from Sonoma State University with a BA in Communications in December 2017. He just applied for admission into a Master’s of Organizational Development at Sonoma State University. He always knew he wanted to give back to the community and become involved but participating as a fellow has cemented how important community engagement is. Eloy is particularly interested in doing work surrounding migrant workers and the LGBTQIA communities. He has experience as an outreach coordinator for HIV/STI education and prevention with Face To Face Sonoma County. He participated in community organizing after 13-year old Andy Lopez died at the hands of a Sheriff deputy in Santa Rosa, CA. Eloy is now interning as a production assistant with Blue Coast Films as they produce a documentary about the incident.

Miriam Galindo is a student in the Associate of Science in Nursing program at Stanbridge University. For the past 27 years, she has worked in the field of health care as both a social worker and clinical psychologist in a variety of settings including long-term residential treatment, inpatient mental health hospitals, outpatient behavioral health care, and therapeutic school settings. She is a licensed vocational nurse as well. Personally and professionally, it is has been her greatest privilege to serve at-risk families as they strive to reach their highest goals. An avid researcher with an eye for growth-potential and efficient courses of action, Miriam is eager to contribute to the nursing field as a Community Engagement Student Fellow by developing improved continuity of care for patients and families. She is especially passionate about the increasing needs of the elderly and aspires to combine aspects of psychology and nursing as a nurse practitioner specializing in gerontology. She is currently a volunteer community educator dedicated to helping families care for loved ones with dementia.

Dave Gold is a fourth term student at Stanbridge University seeking a degree in Veterinary Technology. After receiving his Bachelor Degree and teaching credential at California State University Long Beach, David went on to a very successful career in high-end musical sales and service. David’s desire to explore his passion for animals led to a realization that he could make an enormous difference in their lives. David still loves helping people and is looking forward to helping clients as well as animal patients in a clinical setting. David is particularly thrilled with the idea of helping retired racing greyhounds.

Margaret Han is a first-year student at Stanbridge University in the Veterinary Technology program. She has graduated from UC Irvine with a Bachelor's of Science in Public Health and continues to expand her education by aspiring to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Margaret is an active member in the Student Chapter of National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and is an Interclub Council Representative on campus. Growing up, Margaret has always showed passion for the sciences and a lifelong love for animals led to a pursuit of a Veterinary Medicine career and the goal to progress the veterinary industry and improve healthcare for all animals.

Cassandra Jasso is an Occupational Therapy Assistant student at Stanbridge University. This Pomona, Californian native holds interests in environmental and societal issues, women empowerment, and special needs children. She is currently a member of multiple hiking organizations and the founder of a meetup group aimed at offering support for young mothers as well as providing stimulating play environments for their children. Her goal in life is to integrate her love for crafts, yoga, music and summer camps into an all-encompassing experience for children with special needs.

Sara Mejia is a nursing student at Stanbridge University. She is pursuing her dreams of becoming a Registered Nurse. As a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, California, Sara's goal is to bring high quality care and act as a patient advocate for her community. Sara holds her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, and has experience working with low-income special needs middle school students. As a licensed vocational nurse, Sara brings quality healthcare to the elderly population. Sara is also the Vice President of the Stanbridge University Nursing Students Association, where she is a student advocate and working to help enhance student learning and participation.

Ramiro Merino Diaz is a fourth-year student at Fresno State majoring in Communications. Through his service commitments, he has worked with a variety of local community benefit organizations to address such issues as access to green space for at-risk youth, preservation of local history and ecology, access to education in the STEM fields, food insecurity, and the importance of civic engagement and community service for college students. Additionally, Ramiro has provided hundreds of hours of service as a leader in the university’s Alternative Break program. Since 2015, he has volunteered as a Reflection Facilitator, helping his peers make meaning from university sponsored one-day service events. This year, Ramiro represents Fresno State as a Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow. Through the California Campus Compact Community Engagement Student Fellowship program, Ramiro will employ his passion for the community, reflection, and communication to curate a digital reflection project and other social media campaigns highlighting the impact and benefits of service.

Alejandra Morales is a second year biology student at CSU Dominguez Hills, who grew up in a hardworking family that espoused the ideals of reaching for opportunities in higher education that was never available for her parents. Alejandra understands community needs first hand as her community members often suffered from lack of access to health care. Alejandra was inspired by an altruistic optometrist who gave eye exams to students whose parents could not afford them. This inspired her to become an optometrist to assist those who have no insurance. Her 3.7 GPA in her biology major tells us she will succeed. Alejandra serves the community by volunteering in health agencies and assisting with service projects in the campus community engagement center.

Gianna Nino is a student at Stanford University. As a child of a migrant farm working family she understands first-hand the struggles and health consequences that underserved communities face. She has thus dedicated her educational and extracurricular pursuits to deepening her knowledge of and strengthening her skills in advocating for populations like her own. Her passion is obvious and an opportunity such as CESF will only enhance her potential.

Shelby Patrick is a second year Veterinary Technology student at Stanbridge University. For all of her life she has been passionate about working with animals, from hiding a kitten in her room at the age of two to her current pursuit of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. Her desire to work with animals and help her community led her to work with homeless horses and therapeutic riding classes, where she assisted disabled youth in learning to ride. Completing her preceptorship at Long Beach Animal Care Services transitioned her dream of helping homeless animals into reality. Beyond her desire to help pets and the people that love them, she is committed to helping protect wildlife and the environments that they live in. When not at school she enjoys going to the aquarium, playing video games, and spending time with her own small pack of dogs at home.

Alejandra Prado is a graduate student in Higher Education, Administration, and Leadership (H.E.A.L) Pathways with a goal of working in student affairs. Alejandra completed her undergraduate studies at Fresno State last year earning dual degrees in Social Work and Chicano Studies. Over the years, she has dedicated her free time to actively serving the community by volunteering with such local community benefit organizations as The Ronald McDonald House of Charities of the Central Valley, Every Neighborhood Partnership, and the Fresno Rescue Mission for Women and Children. Additionally, Alejandra committed hundreds of hours of service over four years to the university’s Alternative Break program including serving as a Team Leader and Student Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator. Since 2016, she has volunteered as a Richter Center Ambassador where she works with her peers to promote and nurture the campus culture of service. Through the California Campus Compact Community Engagement Student Fellowship program, Alejandra will spearhead a digital storytelling campaign—Fresno State’s Stories of Service—to better represent the impact of the university’s service commitment.

Janette Ramirez is a first generation, second year biology student at CSU Dominguez Hills, who aspires to help communities with little access to health care through becoming a physician. A Los Angeles County Native, Janette was impacted by community needs witnessing the ever-expanding health disparities of the homeless. With a 3.7 GPA and a STEM major, Janette is no stranger to hard work and dedication to the community. In her own words:“I understand the value of integrating my academic learning into addressing the needs of my community. I want to break every stereotype there is and become an inspiration to little girls who dream of becoming a doctor someday.”

Ravindu Ranatunga was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and is currently a junior Studio Arts major and Business Administration minor at Loyola Marymount University located in Los Angeles, California. He has always been a passionate individual especially when it comes to the arts, specifically photography which he has been pursuing professionally for a number of years. He is a University Photographer and Student Ambassador for LMU, as well as a Resident Assistant on campus. As a CACC-CESF fellow, he is participating in LMU's ARTsmart program, where he goes to a local elementary school every week to provide under-deserved children with an education in the arts. Ravi will also provide on-campus program support in LMU’s Center for Service and Action by assisting with website redesign. Ravi’s selection as a fellow was determined in collaboration with Professor Saeri Dobson of the Department of Art/Art History. He is excited and honored to receive this prestigious fellowship and is grateful for this amazing opportunity.

Maggie Smart-McCabe is a sophomore Diplomacy and World Affairs major with a minor in Religious Studies at Occidental College. She currently works at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute as a Community Food Systems Intern. Her main academic interest is public health, specifically concerning how environmental, reproductive, and food policies affect communities and the people who live in them.This semester, Maggie will be continuing her work with the Eagle Rock Farmers Market through social media management and food assistance program promotion. She hopes to foster a better connection between Occidental and the Eagle Rock community by giving students opportunities to volunteer at farmers market events and make more purchases at local food sources.

Jody Tai is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) majoring in Biochemistry & Cell Biology with a minor in Cognitive Science. She is a trained peer health educator for the Student Health Advocate (SHA) Program where she serves as the General Health Lead Coordinator. Within the program, Jody's duties include facilitating workshops and services on the UCSD campus that focus on improving student well-being through increasing awareness about stress, nutrition, and fitness as well as the resources that SHA has to offer. In addition to her role in the SHA community, Jody volunteers and interns in a gut microbiome research lab at Sanford Burnham Prebys and volunteers at the local Veteran Affairs hospital.

Anneke Van Ommering is a first year Master of Science in Occupational Therapy student at Stanbridge University in Irvine, California. She values meeting the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of those in her local community and internationally. She acts on this value by coordinating a food distribution center, mentoring children in at-risk populations, involvement in her church, and leading a neighborhood exercise program. She also has experience serving internationally in China, Mexico, and Malawi, Africa with various non-profit organizations to help provide housing, education, clean water, and medical aid. Anneke is an advocate for individuals with disabilities and seeks to provide them with a higher quality of life, care, and just treatment. After graduating, she plans to provide rehabilitation services to people in Ukraine with disabilities who are not receiving treatment due to a lack of options and access to rehabilitation. Her long-term goal is to run a business that provides meaningful employment for individuals with physical, developmental, and mental disabilities.

Taylor Venable obtained her bachelor's degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from CSU Dominquez Hills. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with an overall college GPA of 3.829, and was awarded highest honors in her major. She is currently continuing her education at Stanbridge University to obtain her RVT license. Her goal is to educate pet owners and provide animals with excellent healthcare. Taylor showed impressive leadership skills as a Supplemental Biology instructor, conducting weekly workshops and peer tutoring. She loved not only helping others, but also giving back to the university that provided her with so many opportunities. When she's not focused on her studies, she is enjoying the company of her 12 beloved pets.