Civic Engagement Scholars


Aarzoo Qureshi

CES for CAPS

Email

Aarzoo.Qureshi18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi, my name is Aarzoo Qureshi and I’m the Civic Engagement Scholar (CES) for the CAPS (Community Advocates for Parents and Students) Program. I am a current senior at K and am 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 during my freshman year and I hope to be a positive influence in their lives as a CES. As well work on getting the program back to normal this year!​


Abby Stewart

CES for Swim for Success (SFS)

Email

Abby.Stewart18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi everybody! My name is Abby Stewart (she/her/hers), and I am a co-Civic Engagement Scholar (CES) for the Swim for Success program with Emily Tenniswood. I am currently a senior 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 co-CES for Swim for Success again for this upcoming year, as it combines my two passions of swimming and working with kids. With the new pool, we can not wait to welcome the program back to Kalamazoo’s campus and hopefully expand the program!


Alyssa Norman

CES for Goodwill Adult Literacy (Winter and Spring)

Email

Alyssa.Norman18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Alyssa Norman (she/her), and I am the CES for the Goodwill Adult Literacy Program. I am a senior majoring in IAS and WGS. I have been involved with the Goodwill program since my first year and love the program and the people! In fact, tutoring at Goodwill showed me my passion for teaching, something that I plan to pursue as a career. I look forward to this next year at Goodwill and how the program will continue to grow.


Eleanor Carr

CES for Just Food Collective (Fall and Spring)

Email

Eleanor.Carr19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi guys, gals, and nonbinary pals! My name is Eleanor (she/her/hers). I am a sophomore 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. I decided to apply to be a CES because I saw what the CESs had done for me in terms of my learning, and I wanted to be able to do that for other people too.


Emily Tenniswood

CES for Swim for Success (SFS)

Email

Emily.Tenniswood18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hey! My name is Emily Tenniswood (she/her) and I am one of the Civic Engagement Scholars (CES) for the Swim for Success (SFS) Program. I am double majoring in Economics and Anthropology/Sociology and double concentrating in Public Policy/Urban Affairs and American Studies. I am graduating in 2022 and I am so excited to spend my last year at Kalamazoo College as a CES for SFS. I have always had a passion for teaching swimming because it is such a valuable life-saving skill and I look forward to bringing the program to our new pool!


Emmeline Wendel

CES for Students for Reproductive Freedom (SRF)

Email

Emmeline.Wendel20@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hello, my name is Em. I identify with she/her/her’s pronouns, and I live in Seattle, Washington. I have not declared a major yet, but I want complete dual majors: International and Area studies and Spanish. I am passionate about learning other languages, exploring traditions and customs around the world, advocating and being an ally for many communities, and traveling. I also enjoy many outdoor activities and art. My interest in reproductive freedom was sparked when I was in middle school. I went to an all girl’s middle school that taught me about advocacy, encouraged me to volunteer at Planned Parenthood, and supported us in becoming strong women. At the beginning of my freshman year, I didn’t know which clubs I wanted to participate in, but Ruth, my co-CES, was so kind and welcomed me into Students for Reproductive Freedom (SRF). It was there my passion for reproductive freedom was ignited again which prompted me to becoming Ruth’s co-CES for 2021-2022. I am very excited to be, in-person on K-College campus and in the Kalamazoo community, continue partnerships, collaborate and engage with SRF members, and bring awareness of reproductive justice with an intersectional lens to more people.


Francesco Giusseppe-Soto

CES for Kalamazoo County Identification (KCID) (Winter and Spring)

Email

Francesco.Giusseppe-Soto18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hello, my name is Francesco and I’m a senior ANSO and English major. As one of the new CES for the Kalamazoo County Identification Card Program, I am thankful for the opportunity to continue to do this necessary work. KCID is a program that offers community members access to identification, and recognizes the ways in which obtaining an ID is a barrier for underrepresented residents in Kalamazoo. I look forward to promoting the success and growth of this program. My hobbies include entertaining my cat, existing on twitter, and figuring out how to cook.


Civic Engagement Scholar Grace McKnight

Grace McKnight

CES for Young Adult Program (YAP)

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 Senior majoring in Chemistry with a minor in History and Applied Math. I got involved with YAP in the fall of my first year after attending a first-year forum hosted by the CCE and I’ve been the CES for two years. 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 developmental and intellectual​ disabilities. We engage in fun weekly activities such as board games, crafts, going to the gym etc. YAP is a really relaxed program, and we’re 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 us!


Kaitlyn Dexter

CES for K Votes (Winter and Spring)

Email

Kaitlyn.Dexter18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hey, everyone. I am Kaitlyn Dexter (she/her). I am one of the Civic Engagement Scholars for K Votes. I am a senior majoring in both Political Science and German with an American Studies concentration. Although this will be K Votes’s first year as a CES program, I have worked with K Votes as a CCE initiative since I was a first-year. I am excited to grow the program this year and educate and excite people about voting! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the program.


Katia Duoibes

CES for Homework Champions Tutoring (HCT)

Email

Katia.Duoibes19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hey everyone! My name is Katia Duoibes (she/hers), and I am the CES for the Homework Champions Tutoring program (HCT). I am a sophomore majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology and a concentration in Community and Global Health. HCT in Fall 2020 to provide 100% virtual homework-help tailored to local refugee students in response to the pandemic. At HCT, we reflect on the social, educational, and political systems that resettled refugee students and their families navigate, and how that can impact their education.


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 Sophomore at K and plan on majoring in Biology with a possible concentration in Neuroscience. 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 civilly 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 BIPOC students and encourages their participation in social justice issues and voting.


 Civic Engagement Scholar Mihail Naskovski

Mihail Naskovski

CES for the Woodward Elementary Partnership (Winter and Spring)

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 Senior 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. 


Phumuzile Moyo

CES for Goodwill Adult Literacy (Fall)

Email:

Phumuzile.Moyo19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi there! My name is Phumuzile (Pu-moo-zee-leh) Moyo, an international student from Zimbabwe. I am a Junior at K studying Computer Science, and Business. Goodwill Program has been impactful for my personal growth, it has been a great platform for engaging and contributing towards empowering the community of Kalamazoo. I believe everyone deserves a chance in education, and this program aims to achieve just that. Goodwill Program has taught me a lot, especially that anyone can have their best shot at whatever age.


Rachel Molho

CES for Just Food Collective (JFC)

Email:

Rachel.Molho20@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi guys! My name is Rachel Molho (she/her/hers). As a Sophomore, I am planning on majoring in anthropology and sociology with a concentration in environmental studies. I am one of the Civic Engagement Scholars for the Just Food Collective (JFC). I got involved in JFC through the Food and Farming Pathways Course taught by Professor Newday. JFC is a great place to connect with students, professors, and local community leaders that are interested in food/land justice related issues. Anyone and everyone is welcome to stop by the Hoop House to learn more about our JFC community! Come hangout with us and snack on some fresh produce!


Reyna Rodriguez

CES for the El Sol Elementary partnership

Email:

Reyna.Rodriguez18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi everyone! My name is Reyna (she/her), I am a Senior majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology. I am a CES for the El Sol Program. Now, you may be wondering, what is a chemistry major doing working with kids at a school? Funny story, opposite to my major, my entire resume is filled with education based work, and that is what I hope to pursue after undergrad, whether that means getting a Master’s in education or going abroad to teach English. I have had the privilege to work at El Sol for a year and there has never been a dull moment. I love working with these students, you may think you’re teaching them, but in reality they are the ones teaching you. I am super excited for this school year and the obstacles it may bring as schools re-open. Please, please, please reach out to me if you have any questions about El Sol, we want you to be a part of this family. Can’t wait to see familiar faces on campus and meet new ones.


Ruth Butters

CES for Students for Reproductive Freedom (SRF) (Winter and Spring)

Email

Ruth.Butters18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi, I’m Ruth. I am from Ferndale, MI, and I am majoring in Math with a concentration in Community and Global Health. When I’m not studying or working you might find me singing with the Kalamadudes a cappella group, making coffee in my press pot, or reading one of the many books I’ve started. It is my third year 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, and have continued to grow and learn in this role. Being a CES provides me an opportunity to learn about important topics, develop educational content, and facilitate meaningful conversations. I look forward to continuing partnerships with community and on-campus organizations as well as working with the new co-CES, Em Wendel!


Ryley White

CES for the Woodward Elementary Partnership

Email

Ryley.White19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi, I’m Ryley (she/her/hers). I am a junior planning to double major in biology and 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. During the pandemic, I have been one of the managers at a childcare facility that has helped elementary students navigate online school and various life challenges throughout these unusual times. My experience working with children has shown me that I can make meaningful differences in our future leaders. These past years, I’ve realized I have a passion for working with kids and, I look forward to working with the Woodward program to help empower the youth in our community.


Samantha Moss

CES for Building Blocks (Fall)

Email:

Samantha.Moss19@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hey y’all, my name is Sam Moss (she/her/hers) and I am the fall Civic Engagement Scholar for Building Blocks of Kalamazoo! I am so excited that the CCE is teaming up with Building Blocks once again! I am a Economics and Spanish major in addition to being a member of the softball team at K. This past summer I worked with Building Blocks in a Community Building Internship (CBI) role. Building Blocks is a non-profit that encourages residents within the city to work together and take initiatives to beautify and unite their neighborhoods through home improvement projects as well as park maintenance. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Building Blocks this summer and cannot wait to continue working to promote their mission.


Sydney Lenzini

CES for Homework Champions Tutoring (HCT)

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 sophomore 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!


Victoria Marquez-Gomez

CES for Kalamazoo County Identification (KCID)

Email

Victoria.MarquezGomez18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hey everyone! My name is Victoria Marquez-Gomez (she/her/ella), and I am a senior Critical Ethnic Studies and Religion double major. I am one of the CESs for the Kalamazoo County I.D. Program (KCID). In addition, I am the department student advisor for the Critical Ethnic Studies major. I am a firm believer that K students should step outside of our college bubble and strive to build connections with the greater Kalamazoo community. The KCID program is a great way to not only get involved in local politics, but to witness first-hand the difference the program is making. The program aims to be as accessible as possible for ALL Kalamazoo County residents and serves to bridge the gap between services such as food, housing, employment that are not as easily accessible to residents without an I.D.. Given everything that we’ve witnessed and worked through this past year, I believe it is incredibly important to continue to build upon the connections we’ve established within the community and find new ones to better serve residents. I cannot wait to work alongside peers who believe the same.


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Zoë Zawacki

CES for Club Grub

Email:

Zoe.Zawacki18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi! My name is Zoë Zawacki and I am the Civic Engagement Scholar for the Club Grub after-school program at Woodward Elementary. I am a Senior at K, majoring in Studio Art and English. This will be my third year participating in the Club Grub program, and I am so excited to continue cooking! Club Grub strives to create an interactive and educational space for K student facilitators and Woodward student participants to collaborate, cook together, and learn about Food Justice and Food Sovereignty. The goal of the program is to introduce positive experiences surrounding food and cooking at an early age! We also spend plenty of time in the Woodward garden space, and learn about the process of food growth and cultivation. I’m looking forward to seeing what this new year will bring to our small but mighty program.