Civic Engagement Scholars

Ali Armin

CES for Goodwill Adult Literacy

Email

Alexandra.Armin21@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hey! My name is Ali Armin and I am the CES of the Goodwill Adult Literacy Program. I am a sophomore and currently majoring in Political Science and Spanish. I became involved with this program after learning about it at a volunteer fair and have worked within it for the past year. At Goodwill we tutor with the goal of helping adult learners earn their GED, which is a huge accomplishment that opens up numerous opportunities for them. I’m extremely grateful for the experiences this program has given me and the ways it has pushed me to grow as a person. I look forward to helping with this programs continued success, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any interest or questions!


Ana Ramirez

CES for El Sol Elementary Partnership

Email

Ana.Ramirez20@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi everyone! My name is Ana Ramirez and I am one of the CES’s for the El Sol program. My pronouns are she/her and I am a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in AnSo. I’m originally from Texas, almost right next to our border, my hometown has more of a predominately Hispanic culture. Moving from Texas to Michigan was a huge adjustment for me, but once I started volunteering at El Sol my sophomore year, it made being away from home a little easier. The kids and community at El Sol have the most welcoming and friendly environment. Coming from an Hispanic background and volunteering at a school with a majority of POC children it is great to be able to be an example to these kids to strive in their future. I’m hoping to continue to grow this program and gain new and returning volunteers. Reach out anytime with any questions y’all may have!


Beatrice Hawkins

CES for Students for Reproductive Freedom (SRF)

Email

Beatrice.Hawkins21@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi! My name is Bea (she/her) and I’m a sophomore at K. I’m from Chicago, and I’m planning to major in Psychology with a concentration in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a minor in Classics. I’ve been passionate about reproductive rights since I was a young girl and the freedom to choose remains one of my strongest held beliefs to this day. Being a part of SRF last year and learning from CES Ruth Butters and CES Em Wendel was an incredibly meaningful and formative experience during my first year at K, and I am honored to continue their work during a time in which the right to reproductive freedom is being taken away from us at an alarming rate. My co-CES Sofia Fleming and I are dedicated to building and maintaining our SRF community and advocating for reproductive freedom with an intersectional approach.


Clarke Austin

CES for Woodward Elementary (Winter and Spring)

Email

Clarke.Austin21@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Coming soon


Eleanor Carr

CES for Just Food Collective (JFC)

Email

Eleanor.Carr19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi guys, gals, and nonbinary pals! My name is Eleanor (she/her/hers). I am a senior biology and computer science double major. I am a Civic Engagement Scholar for the Just Food Collective (JFC). I work primarily with organizing and maintaining the Hoop House (located behind Fitness and Wellness). I got involved in JFC after I was on the sustainability tour during orientation and met a lot of really cool people after showing up one week to open gardening hours. I didn’t know a lot about our food system or farming before starting JFC, so getting to put my hands in the dirt and a learn a little something along the way is amazing. If I could go from zero knowledge to CES, you can too! We would love to have you at JFC!


Elijah Shiel

CES for Club Grub

Email

Elijah.Shiel21@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hello! My name is Elijah, and I am the rising Civic Engagement Scholar for the Club Grub after-school program at Woodward Elementary. I am a sophomore at K, majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. This will be my second year at Club Grub and I am thrilled to continue working with the kids there! Our program is focused on teaching necessary cooking skills with 2nd and 3rd graders at Woodward Elementary while building a loving community. This year I am excited to work with the kids at Woodward’s school garden and enhance our focus on sustainability. I’m looking forward to seeing what this new year will bring with a potential expansion of our program!


Fadi Muallem

CES for Woodward Elementary (Winter and Spring)

Email

Fadi.Muallem20@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi, my name is Fadi Muallem, and I am the Civic Engagement Scholar (CES) for the Woodward Tutoring Program. I am a junior majoring in biology, and I have been involved in this program since the beginning of my sophomore year. Volunteering at Woodward throughout the last year has shown me my passion for helping others educationally that may not have all the resources they need, and it has shown me the privileges I have that I do not fully appreciate on a day-to-day basis. I look forward to continuing at Woodward and finding ways to better tutor the students.


Juan Ibarra

CES for Kalamazoo County ID (KCID)

Email

Juan.Ibarra19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

coming soon!


Katia Duoibes

CES for Homework Champions Tutoring (HCT)

Email

Katia.Duoibes19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hello! My name is Katia Duoibes (she/hers), and I am the CES for the Homework Champions Tutoring program (HCT). I am a senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology and a concentration in Community and Global Health. I founded HCT in Fall 2020 with the goal of providing virtual homework-help tailored to locally resettled refugee students in response to the pandemic. Over the past 2 years, I have been privileged to work alongside community leaders to grow the program in powerful ways. I am passionate about resettlement work because I’m able to give back to and improve upon the services my family received when they immigrated to the US. In HCT, we reflect on the social, educational, and political systems that students and their families navigate after experiencing forced displacement. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how you can be a part of this work, please reach out!


Lauren Bretzius

CES for Swim for Success (SFS)

Email

Lauren.Bretzius19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hello! My name is Lauren (she/her) and I’m one of the Civic Engagement Scholars for Swim for Success. I am currently a senior majoring in ANSO with a concentration in Environmental Studies and a minor in Classics. I became involved with this program last year and am very excited to continue this work and to have the opportunity to facilitate important discussions in this space. Engagement with the community of Kalamazoo benefits both the school and the city, and Swim for Success is one of the ways this is possible. SFS offers children in Kalamazoo accessible swim lessons, which is so important as there are often obstacles to obtaining this skill. The program also provides after-school tutoring. I look forward to helping build relationships with the community and creating positive experiences for children to gain confidence in their skills. Feel free to contact me with any questions about the program!


Lillian Kehoe

CES for Swim for Success (SFS)

Email

Lillian.Kehoe21@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi! My name is Lillian Kehoe and I am one of the CESs for the Swim for Success program. I use she/her pronouns. I’m a freshman planning on majoring in Biochemistry and Spanish, hopefully with a concentration in Community and Global Health. I’ve been involved with the Swim for Success program since I got to K college. I love to see the effect on the community and the benefit to kids that SFS provides. I started working with the Swim for Success program because I enjoyed teaching swimming at a pool near my hometown. The Swim for Success program helps teach children how to swim and also provides homework help. I think that swimming is an incredibly important skill and I love being part of a way to help more kids learn how to swim.


Lucy Cripe

CES for Young Adult Program (YAP)

Email

Lucy.Cripe21@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Lucy Cripe and I am the current CES for the Young Adult Program (YAP). I am a sophomore at K and my intended major is Chemistry. Outside of YAP, I am also a member of the women’s soccer team at K. I have been involved with YAP since the winter of my freshman year. YAP allows for K students to build mutually beneficial relationships with students who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. I love YAP because it is a really fun, relaxing program where you can build relationships outside of K’s campus. I look forward to continuing YAP and also helping it grow! If you have any questions about the program, how to get involved, or more about what we do, feel free to reach out!


Mahum Khan

CES for K Votes

Email:

Mahum.Khan20@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi! My name is Mahum Khan and I am one of the Civic Engagement Scholars for K Votes. I am currently a Junior at K and plan on majoring in Biochemistry with a concentration in community and global health. Initially I was inspired to join K Votes initially because of a fellowship which emphasized and instilled in me the importance of voter engagement and education. The mission and goal of K Votes aligns exactly with my beliefs of what a civically engaged and aware campus should look like. This position not only gives me the opportunity to interact with the community in Kalamazoo but also to create an environment which support the voices of students and encourages their participation in social justice issues and voting.


Michel Romero

CES for El Sol Elementary Partnership

Email

Michel.Romero21@kzoo.edu

Bio:

coming soon


Milagros Robelo

CES for Kalamazoo County ID (KCID)

Email

Milagros.Robelo19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hello! My name is Milagros Robelo (she/her/Ella), and I am a Religion and Anthropology-Sociology double major. I am one of the CES’s for the Kalamazoo County I.D. Program, also known as KCID. In addition to this role, I am also the DSA for the Religion Department and the Upperclassman Co-President of the Latinx Student Organization on campus. Identification is a privilege that many of us take for granted. The KCID program is helping identification become more accessible to everyone and anyone in the county. The I.D. helps people get access to food, housing, and employment. Students who work with this program get to see change first hand when handing people their new I.D..


Ryley White

CES for the Woodward Elementary Partnership

Email

Ryley.White19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi, I’m Ryley White (she/her/hers). I am a senior majoring in psychology. I am one of the Civic Engagement Scholars (CES) for the Woodward Elementary Program. I previously worked with the CCE in the CAPS program which sparked my passion for youth empowerment and educational equity. Since then, I worked with children in various settings, such as a daycare, summer camp, and a pediatric behavioral therapy clinic. My experience working with children has shown me that I can make meaningful differences in shaping our future leaders while giving them the tools to be the leaders they envision themselves to be. I look forward to inspiring and sharing my passion with my peers and Woodward Elementary for another year!


Shanon Brown

CES for Homework Champions Tutoring (HCT)

Email:

Shanon.Brown19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi everyone! My name is Shanon Brown and I am one of the Civic Engagement Scholars for the Homework Champions Tutoring (HCT) program. I am a senior French major and Computer Science minor and I am originally from St. Thomas, Jamaica. I joined HCT in the spring of my junior year and I have been working as a tutor for the program ever since. Through my involvement in HCT, I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for refugee work and accessible education within the local Kalamazoo community. I am looking forward to continuing my engagement with our students this year and learning more about refugee work in the Kalamazoo area.


Sofia Fleming

CES for Students for Reproductive Freedom (SRF)

Email:

Sofia.Fleming21@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hey guys! My name is Sofia (she/her/hers). I am a Sophomore planning on majoring in Biology with a concentration in environmental science and community and global health. When I’m not studying you can find me at the hoop house, hiking, or making fried rice. This will be my first year as a CES for Students for Reproductive Freedom (SRF). This group such a fun way to engage with other students around a wide range of topics. I look forward to working with our on-campus and community partners as well as advocating for bodily autonomy for all people at K.


Stephanie Martinez

CES for Community Advocates for Parents and Students (CAPS)

Email

Stephanie.Martinez21@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Stephanie Martinez (she/they), I am from Los Angeles, California. I love to go on different adventures and be around nature. I am the Civic Engagement Scholar (CES) for Community Advocates for Parents and Students (CAPS). I am a rising sophomore in the fall of 2022. I have not declared a major but I am leaning towards WGS and Art History. I have been involved with CAPS since the winter of my Freshman year. I am thankful to be part of a wonderful program. I enjoy going to CAPS every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and enjoy my time with the scholars. I am so excited to be the CES for the upcoming year and seeing the scholars and tutors at CAPS.


Sydney Lenzini

CES for Homework Champions Tutoring (HCT) Spring Only

Email

Sydney.Lenzini20@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hello! My name is Sydney and I am one of the Civic Engagement Scholars (CES) for the Homework Champions Tutoring program! I am a junior here at K and have been with this program since my freshman year. Growing up in Chicago developed my passion for equity in public education, and I am excited to continue that journey here in the Kalamazoo community by supporting our students in academics and beyond!


Tali Deaner

CES for Club Grub

Email

Tali.Deaner21@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi! I’m Tali (she/her) and I’m so excited to be a CES for the Club Grub program this year. I’m a sophomore majoring in ANSO and minoring in Environmental Studies and Spanish. This is my first year as a part of Club Grub, but last year I was a part of the Woodward Elementary school CCE program working in classrooms and was a part of Just Food Collective. I am so excited to bring together two of the things most important to me in this program: talking about food justice and working with kids. I’m looking forward to growing Club Grub this year so more Woodward and K students can participate.


Thomas Lichtenberg

CES for K Votes

Email:

Thomas.Lichtenberg19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hello everyone, my name is Thomas Lichtenberg (he/him). I am one of the Civic Engagement Scholars for K Votes for the 2022-2023 school year. I am a senior with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Mathematics. This is my first year working with K Votes, but I have previously worked on congressional campaigns and worked in coordination with the Leadership Conference in Washington DC. I’m excited to continue my advocacy on campus through this program and hope to continue empowering more people to participate in our democracy.