Civic Engagement Scholars


Civic Engagement Scholar Aarzoo Qureshi

Aarzoo Qureshi

CES for CAPS

Email

Aarzoo.Qureshi18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi, my name is Aarzoo Qureshi and I’m the new Civic Engagement Scholar (CES) for the CAPS (Community Advocates for Parents and Students) Program. I am a Junior at K and I plan on majoring in English and Studio Art. In high school, I spent a lot of time reading to kids within my community in order to help promote literacy. Now in the CAPS program, I can do all that and more. I really enjoyed my time working in CAPS my freshman year and I hope to be a positive influence in their lives as a CES. ​


Abby Stewart

CES for Swim for Success

Email

Abby.Stewart18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi everybody! My name is Abby Stewart (she/her/hers), and I am a Civic Engagement Scholar (CES) for the Swim for Success program. I am currently a junior studying both Computer Science and Math, so chances are you’ll run into me in Olds Upton. I joined Swim for Success my first year at Kalamazoo, and I am so glad I did! I am so excited to be a CES for Swim for Success this upcoming year, as it combines my two passions of swimming and working with kids. 


Civic Engagement Scholar Aisat Oladokun

Aisat Oladokun

CES for HYPE

Email

Aisat.Oladokun17@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi, my name is Aisat (I-esha) Oladokun, and I am the Civic Engagement Scholar for Helping Youth through Personal Empowerment (HYPE). I am a Senior and I am an English major with a concentration in Community and Global Health. I have been involved in HYPE since I was a freshman and I loved it ever since. I wanted to be involved with HYPE because I wanted to know the Kalamazoo Community more. I wanted to know what it was like for youth in the city of Kalamazoo and I wanted to change the myths people may have about youth who were put into Juvenile facilities. Additionally, I got involved with HYPE because my brother was arrested at 15years old for a crime that he did not commit, which affected me deeply. As a result, I wanted to be a part of keeping youth out of the judicial system, and even after they leave the Juvenile facility. I am happy that I am a senior now and I get to facilitate the program. I will continue my goal of giving the youth hope and one-day abolishing juvenile facilities while bursting the school-to-prison pipeline. 


Asia Smith

CES for Club Grub

Email

Asia.Smith17@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hey ya’ll. My name is Asia Smith and I am the CES for Club and I am a senior Anthropology and Sociology major. I started working with Club Grub my freshman year and I’ve loved it ever since then. Club Grub allows young learners to participate in tangible learning experiences involving food. Students work in the community garden space and we create lesson plans based on the produce cultivated. Through this model, Club Grub works with students to empower them to share their stories about food and to think critically about the food they eat. With this program, we try to address food education and equity in a way that engages the students. I am excited to work alongside the students this year and continue learning about Food Justice and Food Sovereignty work.  ​


Daniel Mota-Villegas

CES for Goodwill

Email

Daniel.Mota-Villegas17@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Daniel, and I am the Civic Engagement Scholar for the Goodwill Adult Literacy Program. I am a senior here at K, majoring in East Asian Studies, Political Science, and Psychology. In our program, we tutor adults to help them get their General Education Degrees (GED). A typical day at Goodwill: tutor students, then food arrives, and we bond over a hot meal! Although our program will look different this year, we are still committed to our Goodwill students and are excited to see more of them receive their GEDs in Spring 2021! ​


Civic Engagement Scholar Grace McKnight

Grace McKnight

CES for Young Adult Program

Email

Grace.McKnight18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Howdy! My name is Grace McKnight and I am the CES for the Young Adult Program (YAP). I am a Junior majoring in Chemistry with a minor in History on a Pre-Med track. I got involved with YAP in the fall of my first year after attending a first-year forum hosted by the CCE, and I’m excited to continue taking on the role of CES this year. Participating in YAP has been a great opportunity for me to make friends with the YAP students and unwind. The goal of the Young Adult Program is to build mutually beneficial relationships with students that have mental disabilities, and we do so through weekly activities such as board games, crafts, going to the gym etc. YAP is a really relaxed program, and were always looking for more K students to join. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the program, the CCE, or are interested in joining!


CES Jazzmyn Albarran

Jazzmyn Albarran

CES for HYPE

Email

Jazzmyn.Albarran17@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi, my name is Jazzmyn Albarran and I am one of the Civic Engagement Scholars for the HYPE program. I have been involved with the program for three years. I am a Senior majoring in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in English. In addition to being a CES, I also work at the Woodward program and am an E-board member for the Black Student Organization.


Maeve Hening

CES for Just Food Collective

Email

Maeve.Hening17@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Maeve Hening and I am a senior at K majoring in Studio Art and Spanish. I use she/her pronouns. I am excited to be working with Just Food Collective as the Campus Coordinator and share the role of Gardening Coordinator with my co-CES, Sam Barczy.   

I was initially inspired to join JFC for the community of folks who are so passionate about bringing food justice work to campus. I quickly learned that food and farming is not only about gardening: it’s really about the importance of actively engaging in social justice initiatives and histories that are deeply tied to food justice and accessibility to local, sustainable, and fresh food. In Just Food Collective this year, I am looking forward to building authentic relationships with peers, community, and with land. We can grow, change, and become more socially-responsible individuals through these connections that food justice fosters. 


Civic Engagement Scholar Melissa Tolentino

Melissa Tolentino

CES for El Sol Elementary

Email

Maria.TolentinoGuzman18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi everybody! My name is Melissa Tolentino, I am currently a Junior and I am planning to double major in Psychology and Spanish. I was born and raised in Tamaulipas, Mexico but also grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. I am fortunate enough to continue being the Daytime CES for El Sol, which I consider to be a huge blessing and an opportunity to better myself and grow alongside my community. I am looking forward to working with amazing people and developing new skills on how to maintain a safe and fun environment. During my free time, I am a devout Harry Potter fan and also really committed to taking care of my eyebrows. Feel free to reach out to me if you ever need someone to talk to or simply someone to dance Cumbias with.


 Civic Engagement Scholar Mihail Naskovski

Mihail Naskovski

CES for Woodward Elementary

Email

Mihail.Naskovski18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hello! My name is Mihail Naskovski and I am the Civic Engagement Scholar for the Woodward Elementary Program. I am an international student coming from Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia. I am a Junior at K and I plan to double major in Economics and International and Area Studies. The Woodward Elementary Program has been an amazing opportunity to become civically engaged in the diverse community of Kalamazoo, participating in an initiative for empowering the youth through academic support and mentorship. Forming relationships with the students and collaborating with them to achieve new goals are both my great responsibility and passion. The program gave me the chance to discover the spirit of the city, understand the challenges, and also the potential of its citizens. 


ces nkechi reyes-Iwuoma

Nkechi Reyes-Iwuoma

CES for CAPS

Email

Nkechi.Reyes-Iwuoma17@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hello, my name is Nkechi, I’m from Inglewood California and a Senior at Kalamazoo College. I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in French and a concentration in African studies. I have been working with the CCE for two years at Woodward as a tutor and in the after school program. This year, I will continue helping out with the CAPS program, which I am very excited about. Working at Woodward has prepared me to share my love for kids everywhere.


CES Ruth Butters

Ruth Butters

CES for Students for Reproductive Freedom

Email

Ruth.Butters18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi, I’m Ruth. I am a Junior math major from Ferndale, MI. My hobbies include singing with the Kalamadudes a cappella group, making coffee in my press pot, reading many books at once, and knitting a giant scarf. I am serving as CES for the Students for Reproductive Freedom (SRF).  

The group was so fun and meaningful to me as a first-year that I became a CES as a sophomore. Last year, SRF got more involved with the community by working with Planned Parenthood. We also continued partnerships with Students for Justice in Palestine and Women of Color Alliance. This year as I hope to continue our on-campus and community partnerships, invest in our tight-knit group of regular members, and bring awareness of reproductive justice and all of its intersections to more people. 


Sam Barczy

CES for Just Food Collective

Email

Samuel.Barczy18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi, my name is Sam Barczy and I am a junior at K. I am an international student from Hungary and use he/him pronouns. I am majoring in physics with a minor in mathematics, but I am very interested in history and all things related to food. Since elementary school I have been involved with different growing, foraging, and food preparation projects, so asking me about any of these topics will lead into long and passionate conversations. I truly believe that food and growing are central to culture, life, and health, therefore food sovereignty for all is one of the keys to a better future. Because I think that growing practices and relationships to food resemble how we interact with one another and the environment, I believe that working with food is beneficial to people from all walks of life. This coming year I will work on providing an opportunity for the campus and wider community to be involved with the topic that is so close to me. I am excited about our work with the Just Food Collective and look forward to expanding our knowledge about growing and sharing food in the greater Kalamazoo community.


Sam Kendrick

CES for El Sol

Email

Samuel.Kendrick19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Sam Kendrick and I am a sophomore at K. My intended major is history, with a focus on education and a minor in Spanish. I am incredibly fortunate to be the After School CES for El Sol. I am very excited for this opportunity to grow alongside the El Sol community. This position gives me an amazing opportunity to engage with the community here in Kalamazoo, and support a safe, fun, and growth focused environment at the afterschool program. I am looking forward to this year!​


Civic Engagement Scholar Stephanie Rauhoff

Stephanie Rauhoff

CES for Swim for Success

Email

Stephanie.Rauhoff17@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Stephanie Rauhoff. This is my third year as a CES for Swim for Success (SFS) and this is my fourth year with the program. I’m a Senior studying to get a major in Chemistry with a Biochemistry concentration. I’m also on the swim team and have been since my freshman year. I interned at the Institute for Environmental and Exercise Medicine this past summer doing research into different heart diseases and my passion outside of school and work is drawing. I’m looking forward to continuing my involvement with the Center for Civic Engagement and Swim for Success!


Vivian Enriquez

CES for KCID

Email

Vivian.Enriquez17@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hello, my name is Vivian Enriquez, I am a senior, ANSO and English double major, and I work with the Kalamazoo County Identification Card Program. Initially what inspired me to get involved was how I would be involved in local politics in Kalamazoo. I wanted to get to know the community in which I was going to school and working at the county administrative building preparing identification cards was a great way to do so. I saw and heard first-hand the impacts of the Kalamazoo County I.D., it gave some a sense of security, others a way to apply for housing and food, and as hard as we worked for it to be accessible, there are still needs and I saw that first-hand too. I continue to stay involved to keep working on how to make the I.D. work for the community better, a community that has started to be my home.​