Civic Engagement Scholars

CES Angela Pastor

Angela Pastor

CES for ARTifact

Email

k17ap01@kzoo.edu

Bio:

​Hi! My name is Angela and I am currently a junior. I’m majoring in Studio Art and Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies.​ I am the CES for ARTifact, a program that provides art workshops for high school students in the Spring. In the Fall, we plan on collaborating with other Civic Engagement programs and providing art portfolio workshops. In my free time you can catch me at the ceramic studio, thrifting, or taking photographs. If you have any questions about ARTifact and how you can volunteer, feel free to reach out to me! 🙂


Civic Engagement Scholar Aarzoo Qureshi

Aarzoo Qureshi

CES for CAPS

Email

k18aq01@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 sophomore 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 new CES. ​


Civic Engagement Scholar Alyssa Norman

Alyssa Norman

CES for Goodwill Adult Literacy Program

Email

k18an01@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Alyssa, and I am the Civic Engagement Scholar for the Goodwill Adult Literacy Program. I am a sophomore here at K, and I plan to study International Area Studies with a focus in Latin America. In the Goodwill program we tutor adults to get their General Education Degrees. I love the time I spend at Goodwill creating bonds with our students while preparing for the test. It is amazing when the students hard work pays off and they receive their GEDs.​


CES Anthony Soria

Cesar Anthony Soria

CES for HYPE

Email

k16cs01@kzoo.edu

Bio:

I am a senior undergraduate student and a Civic Engagement Scholar for H.Y.P.E. (Helping Youth through Personal Empowerment. I’m pursuing a double major in the departments of Anthropology & Sociology and Political Science at Kalamazoo College, with a concentration in Public Policy and Urban Affairs. I come from the great city of Inglewood in Los Angeles, California and am eager to embed myself once again in my second year as the C.E.S. alongside the enthusiastic students of Kalamazoo College who have a commitment to helping others. This journey has given me a reinvigorated passion toward social justice work and created new meanings of relationships and reciprocity. 


Civic Engagement Scholar Grace McKnight

Grace McKnight

CES for the Young Adult Program

Email

k18gm01@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Howdy! My name is Grace McKnight and I am the CES for the Young Adult Program (YAP). I am a Sophomore 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 take 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 a year. I am a junior 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.


CES Kevin McCarty

Kevin McCarty

CES for Woodward Elementary

Email

Kevin.McCarty16@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Kevin McCarty and I am one of the CES’s for the program at Woodward Elementary School. I am a senior here at K double-majoring in Chemistry and Spanish with a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and I am following the pre-med track. I have been involved with the Woodward program since my first year at K, and have enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with our young peers at Woodward Elementary and to establish meaningful reciprocal relationships within the broader community of Kalamazoo.


Civic Engagement Scholar Lauren Bussell

Lauren Bussell

CES for Language Interpreting

Email

Lauren.Bussell18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

I’m Lauren Bussell, a Sophomore at Kalamazoo College, from the Detroit area. I am a Spanish and French double major and I enjoy learning new languages to communicate with people from all over the world. I’m looking forward to working with Language Interpretation and Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) to support immigrant rights.


Civic Engagement Scholar Leslie Garcia

Leslie Garcia

CES for Kalamazoo County ID

Email

Leslie.Garcia16@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hola Everyone! My name is Leslie Garcia and I am a Senior at Kalamazoo College from the southwest side of Chicago! I am double majoring in Anthropology/Sociology and Political Science. I studied abroad in Ecuador for the Fall and Winter quarter of my Junior year. I am going to be the Civic Engagement Scholar for the Kalamazoo County ID and couldn’t be more excited! The KCID is a form of identification for Kalamazoo County residents. This includes many of you too if you live within the Kalamazoo County or attend Kalamazoo College as a student! I was among one of the first group of students who started the build-up of the program from being in a cubicle to having our own office in the Kalamazoo Administration Building. We celebrated our one year anniversary in May 2019, and I couldn’t be more excited to see the program continue to grow! I have been involved with the KCID since my Sophomore year, and I am excited to be the CES my Senior year. Please feel free to ask me any questions on the program, getting involved, or anything! 

Fun Fact: Me encanta cocinar comida! The type of comida that mama makes como tacos de papa, arroz, pambazos, bistec a la mexicana and so on!!!  🙂 

You can also visit the Kalamazoo County Identification Card page on the Kalamazoo County Government website for more information.


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Mihail Naskovski

CES for Woodward Elementary

Email

Mihail.Naskovski18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hello! My name is Mihail Naskovski and I am the new Civic Engagement Scholar for the Woodward Elementary Program. I am an international student coming from Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia. I am a sophomore 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. 


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Nicholas Davis-Sipaque

CES for El Sol Elementary

Email

Nicholas.Davis18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi! My name is Nicholas Davis-Sipaque, I am a Sophomore from Los Angeles, California. I hope to be an Anthropology and Sociology major with a possible double major in Critical Ethnic Studies. Coming to Kalamazoo from LA was a huge culture shock that helped me build pride in my Latinx and queer identity. Being able to take classes around Chicanx/Latinx experiences and to be a volunteer at El Sol Elementary School has pushed me to explore my community and to begin to be more active within it. The Center for Civic Engagement partnership with Communities in Schools (CIS) allows K college students to support a growing institution built to support Spanish speaking students and teach a curriculum in Spanish as a part of their dual language program. I am so happy to be the Civic Engagement Scholar for the El Sol daytime program and I hope to recruit dedicated volunteers who are conscious of making a positive impact on young students.


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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 junior 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 be a 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 Nora Blanchard

Nora Blanchard

CES for the Just Food Collective: Garden

Email

Nora Blanchard18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Nora Blanchard, and I am currently a sophomore. This year I am one of the Civic Engagement Scholars for Just Food Collective. I am passionate about Environmental and Reproductive justice, and I am currently working on designing an independent major that encompasses these studies. I decided to become a leader of Just Food Collective due to my interests in learning more about food sovereignty, as well as my desire to be a part of the hoop house where we can practice sustainability, while also bringing awareness to students and the community about food justice. I look forward to building more connections with passionate individuals in my community.


Civic Engagement Scholar Omar Thaj for the JFC Program.

Omar Thaj

CES for the Just Food Collective: Campus

Email

Omar.Thaj18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hi!!! My name is Omar Thaj and I’m a sophomore. I’m from Portage, MI and I am following the Pre-Med track. I plan on studying Biology and Spanish here at K College. I love the campus community and getting involved in various student organizations. I am looking forward to and am very excited to be the Civic Engagement Scholar for Just Food Collective this year. I can’t wait to continue growing in our new Hoop House as well as starting new food justice projects throughout the year!


CES Ruby Seiwerath

Ruby Seiwerath

CES for Students for Reproductive Freedom

Email

Ruby.Seiwerath18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

I’m Ruby and I’m a CES for Students for Reproductive Freedom. I’m currently a sophomore and got involved with the program during the fall of my first year at K. I am passionate about advocating for bodily autonomy and freedom of choice for all. I’m looking forward to working with other CCE Programs to create off-campus volunteer opportunities for K College students as well as being involved with the second annual SexCon.


CES Ruth Butters

Ruth Butters

CES for Students for Reproductive Freedom

Email

Ruth.Butters18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Ruth Butters and 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 am now more involved and dedicated as a sophomore. I will be declaring my mathematics major in the winter, and I keep myself busy by being part of the Interfaith Student Leaders and College Singers.


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 second year as a CES for Swim for Success (SFS) and this is my third year with the program. I’m a Junior 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!


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Sydney Patton

CES for Woodward Elementary

Email

Sydney.Patton17@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My pronouns are she/hers. I’m a junior. I’m majoring in Psychology. I’ve been with Woodward’s program for 3 years now and I’m really excited for my first year as the CES Leader of Woodward! My study abroad destination this fall is Rome, Italy. I’m less boring in person than what my bio may give off, so if you ever want to get to know me or have any questions about the program, I’m always willing to talk!


Civic Engagement Scholar Tony Dougherty

Tony Dougherty

CES for Swim for Success

Email

Anthony.Dougherty17@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Tony Dougherty. I am a junior and a 3/2 Engineering student. I am also a swimmer/diver here at K. I have been a part of the Swim For Success program for 2 years. I recently returned from studying abroad in Costa Rica. 


CES Yasi Shaker

Yasamin Shaker

CES for the Just Food Collective

Email

Yasamin.Shaker16@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Yasi Shaker (She, her, hers). I am a Senior, Psychology major, ANSO (Anthropology and Sociology) minor and Environmental Studies concentration. I have been an active member of Just Food Collective since my First-Year and I am very excited to be the CES for the program this year. Recently, I studied away in Chicago, where I focused on regenerative neighborhood development with the Sweet Water Foundation. I learned about what it means to create spaces that are vibrant environments for hands-on learning in a space that embodies the nexus between inspiration, education, and action. I am excited to continue to have an all-embracing radical food justice program. Through food and farming education; advocacy and community building, I am hoping to support students build stronger and deeper connections with humans, land, and plants.


CES Yuridia Campuzano

Yuridia Campuzano

CES for El Sol Elementary

Email

Yuridia.Campuzano17@kzoo.edu

Bio:

Hello, my name is Yuridia Campuzano, and I am a Latina born and raised in the lovely city of Chicago! I am a Junior at Kalamazoo College and the Civic Engagement Scholar (CES) for the After-School Program at El Sol Elementary. I began working at El Sol as a volunteer last year and I enjoyed it so much! El Sol’s community made me feel at home which is why I became more devoted and applied to be a CES. I am looking forward to working with El Sol and Kalamazoo College students this year! I am excited to introduce more volunteers to the wonderful students at El Sol.


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Zoë Zawacki

CES for Club Grub

Email

Zoe.Zawacki18@kzoo.edu

Bio:

My name is Zoë​ Zawacki. I am the Civic Engagement Scholar for Club Grub. This is my first year working with the program and I am super excited to get involved. I am planning on majoring in either Anthropology and Sociology or Art. I have always loved educating myself on the food I eat, and am very passionate about food justice work.