Spring 2024 CESF STUDENT FELLOWS

Students from California campuses were selected in Fall 2023 to participate in LEAD California’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 LEAD California member campuses throughout the state.

Cindy Angeles (she/her) is a second-year student at Sacramento State and is majoring in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and minoring in Social Justice in Education. She hopes to pursue further education in the audiology program to become a pediatric audiologist! She also works as an afterschool instructor and event coordinator for a comprehensive afterschool program at a local elementary school. In her free time, she enjoys watercolor painting and playing volleyball! She can’t wait to work with the community!

Amanda Britter is a junior at California State University, Fresno, majoring in Religious Studies, and minoring in Jewish Studies, as well as Recreation Administration, and is very excited to be joining the Community Engagement Student Fellowship Program. As someone who has been working at her campus’s Community Engagement and Service Learning Center the last three years, as well as a presenter for the last Continuums of Service Conference (Engaging Students in the Community Through Technology), she is very excited to be getting involved with this program. After obtaining her Bachelor’s, Amanda hopes to go into seminary to become a pastor, and work in the future with nonprofits to serve the community she is in.

Aliyah Beyah is a Psychology major at College of the Canyons transferring to a four-year university in the Fall of 2024. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and continue her education in graduate school. She has been a part of the PLACE (Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators) Project since the Fall of 2022. She is motivated by advocating for students’ needs, mental health, and sense of belonging in their community. The well-being of both individuals and communities is essential to each other. By working with the PLACE Project she has further learned the value of this relationship. She has witnessed the importance of having a strong connection with the community to an individual’s sense of identity and belonging. Sharing resource information, advocating for fellow students’ needs, and promoting opportunities for involvement in civic engagement are some of the ways she has worked toward helping sustain her community. Elevating the voices of locals and non-profits promotes the interconnectivity that is needed for everyone to thrive.

Brandon Champion is a senior at The Master’s University located in Newhall, who is also involved with coursework at College of the Canyons (COC). Having honed his copywriting and copyediting skills through the TMU Communication program, he seeks to apply that experience to groups like COC’s PLACE (Parnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Eductators) Action Team. Brandon is committed to building connections with various communites found thorughout the Santa Clarita Valley. Beginning his second semester with the PLACE Action Team, he looks forward to developing more content directed to assisting new and prospective COC students in locating local resources.

Nathan Molina is a Communications Studies major at Sonoma State University and he has had lots of hands-on blogging experience thanks to his choice of major and overall interests in media-related activities. Nathan will be graduating in May 2024 and looks forward to the next few months of engagement in the community.

Saniya Patel is an international student at Sacramento State, originally from India. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in computer science with minor in mathematics. She has a passion for technology and loves problem solving, so she knew that a STEM career was the right path for her. She loves travelling and she knows two more languages, which are Hindi and Gujarati.

Shailey Shah is a third-year Biology major and Spanish minor at California State University, Fresno. After college, she is hoping to matriculate into medical school in order to provide underserved patient populations in the Central Valley with quality care. Shailey is very passionate about community service as she believes service is a two-way street. Shailey believes that when one serves the community, they gain so much back in the form of professional and personal growth. At the 2023 Continuums of Service Conference, Shailey presented on this very topic while describing the work of the Richter Center Service Leadership Academy at Fresno State. She feels very privileged to be a part of the Community Engagement Student Fellowship Program and is excited to share her love for service with others!

Emilie Torres joined Stanbridge University in the Fall of 2023 to pursue a career as a Registered Nurse. She grew up in Pasadena and later moved to Bath, England where she received a BSc in Biology and Jazz piano. After completing a work placement at a hospital in Phitsanulok, Thailand, she was inspired to pursue a career in the medical field. Her further experience as a volunteer instructor in Ghana has taught her to adapt to different environments, and how to work within the community in a culturally respectful manner.

FALL 2023 CESF STUDENT FELLOWS

Students from California campuses were selected in Spring 2023 to participate in LEAD California’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 LEAD California member campuses throughout the state.

Amanda Britter is a junior at California State University, Fresno, majoring in Religious Studies, and minoring in Jewish Studies, as well as Recreation Administration, and is very excited to be joining the Community Engagement Student Fellowship Program. As someone who has been working at her campus’s Community Engagement and Service Learning Center the last three years, as well as a presenter for the last Continuums of Service Conference (Engaging Students in the Community Through Technology), she is very excited to be getting involved with this program. After obtaining her Bachelor’s, Amanda hopes to go into seminary to become a pastor, and work in the future with nonprofits to serve the community she is in.

Cristy Bustalino is a second-year student at College of the Canyons pursuing an education in Computer Engineering. In hopes of earning her degree, Cristy dedicates her time in advancing her knowledge of technology and problem-solving in hopes of applying her work towards her community.  Besides her academic career, Cristy’s passion for civic engagement drives her commitment to make positive changes within her community. As an active member of the PLACE (Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators) Action Team, she dedicates time to promote resources to those in need and commits to their mission of bridging gaps between students and communities. As she starts her journey with the LEAD California fellowship, Cristy seeks to harness her skills and education as a catalyst for meaningful change, both within the field of technology and in the lives of those she seeks to uplift.

Carlos Garcia is currently a first-year student in the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program at Stanbridge University. His journey into the healthcare field has been driven by a lifelong commitment to the betterment of his community and a passion for enhancing the health and wellbeing of others. Carlos is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, and aims to build upon his record of discipline, service, and selfless compassion through the pursuit of a nursing career. Outside of his academic and professional responsibilities, Carlos dedicates much of his free time to volunteering for various initiatives aimed at providing food and shelter for underserved populations in California and Hawaii.

Stephen Hopps is a Senior at Sonoma State University Majoring in Communications and Media Studies. Growing up in Orange County, Stephen is an avid mountain biking enthusiast ready to try out new trails in northern California. Stephen is very thrilled to be a part of the Community Center for Engagement Student Fellowship Program. One of the biggest reasons for this is he is very passionate about meeting new people and learning their culture.

Hannah Angelica Marte is currently pursuing her dreams as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Stanbridge University. After graduating from Long Beach State University with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, her journey into the world of healthcare has been shaped by her love for sports and exercise along with a desire to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others through physical therapy. Her own experiences inspired her journey into the field of physical therapy in sports and exercise. As an athlete and fitness enthusiast, she has personally witnessed the transformative power of physical therapy in preventing injuries, enhancing performance, and aiding in recovery.
Her passion for healthcare, combined with her firsthand understanding of the importance of movement and rehabilitation, has inspired her to become a skilled PTA. Outside of her academic and clinical responsibilities, she is engaged in community outreach programs that promote healthcare, exercise, and injury prevention. She actively participates in initiatives to educate the community about the benefits of physical therapy and maintaining an active lifestyle. Her dedication to wellness extends to her volunteer work at local sports events such as the Los Angeles Marathon and various fitness programs, where she motivates others to achieve their physical health goals.

Jericho Perez has been a member of the PLACE (Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators) Action Team at College of the Canyons since 2019. He is a graphic design student who has worked to create covers, posters, and advertising materials for the team, including social media information. Jericho was born in the Philippines and later moved to the United States. Although he confronts the challenges of Cerebral Palsy daily, his love of expressing his ideas through art is not hampered—a passion his cousin helped him recognize early in life. However, Jericho’s craft was encouraged by his father who introduced him to comic books and comic art styles that continue to inspire his creative voice.

Shailey Shah is a third-year Biology major and Spanish minor at California State University, Fresno. After college, she is hoping to matriculate into medical school in order to provide underserved patient populations in the Central Valley with quality care. Shailey is very passionate about community service as she believes service is a two-way street. Shailey believes that when one serves the community, they gain so much back in the form of professional and personal growth. At the 2023 Continuums of Service Conference, Shailey presented on this very topic while describing the work of the Richter Center Service Leadership Academy at Fresno State. She feels very privileged to be a part of the Community Engagement Student Fellowship Program and is excited to share her love for service with others!