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Maheen Ahmed is a senior majoring in Community and Regional Development. Throughout her undergraduate career, Maheen has been actively working with advocacy organizations in Sacramento and Washington D.C., such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Center for American Progress to work towards social justice at a grassroots and legislative level. She is an active leader on the UC Davis campus in the Muslim and Middle East South Asian communities. After graduating, she hopes to devote her life towards creating social change and developing communities by pursuing a career in public interest law and public policy. Maheen is working with the California Civic Engagement Project to research civic engagement issues within minority communities specifically looking at the Muslim community.
2016 B.A in Sociology with a minor in Community and Regional Development
As a 2016 Scholar, Nancy was recognized as the 2016 Outstanding Student Engaged Scholar. As an intern for the Center for Regional Change, Nancy served as a contributor to the Putting Youth on the Map project, where she published information the regarding the CRC’s online regional mapping tools to further empower youth advocacy efforts across California. She also worked with Sergio Cuellar, CRC’s Community Engagement Coordinator, to develop a new training module which teaches youth advocates strategic methods for communicating their advocacy messages to target stakeholders. Nancy also had the opportunity to work as a research assistant with Cassie Hartzog, Project Investigator, where she assisted with research for the Sierra Foundation, researching local priorities, assets, and challenges relating to children’s well-being in communities across the Central Valley.
2017 Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning with a minor in Sociology
As a 2016 Scholar, Adriana developed bilingual trainings in coordination with Dr. Jonathan London, CRC Director and with Rey Leon, Valley LEAP Director and the coordinator of Promotor@s Verdes in Kings County. Adriana also had the opportunity to develop a health survey with an epidemiological approach concerning a waste dump in the city of Avenal, California.
2016 B.S in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning
As a 2016 Scholar, Luis worked with Sergio Cuellar, CRC’s Community Engagement Coordinator, to edit video footage and created interactive video tutorials for Putting Youth on the Map and the Regional Opportunity Index mapping tools. As an intern for the CRC, Luis also had the chance to work with the Department of Housing and Community Development, where he conducted research and analyzed general plans for the potential development of affordable housing units in California.
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Currently a graduate student in Community Development, Cristina is interested in sustainable land management, youth engagement and environmental justice. She has a background working for the State Department in Nicaragua, teaching English in Japan and teaching environmental education with non-profits and national parks in Central American and in the United States. She has a B.A. in International Relations Spanish from U.C. Davis and is currently working in the CRC as an Engaged Scholar aiding in curriculum development, community engagement and outreach with the Making Data Matter Initiative.
2017 Double Major with a B.S in Applied Statistics and a B.A. in Sociology
As a 2016 Scholar, Somayh worked with Cassie Hartzog, where she conducted data analysis, comparing the California Assessment of Students and Progress score levels to the Standardized Testing and Reporting System scores across the time period 2010-2015. As an intern, Somayh focused on fourth grade score levels for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. She has also had the opportunity to work on the Stockton Education Coalition, whose purpose is to reform the Stockton Unified District policing system.
2016 B.S in International Relations with an emphasis on Peace and Security in the Middle East
As a 2016 Scholar, Roxanna worked with Jeanette Lim, where she had the opportunity to assist in research for the Soil, Lead and Urban Gardening project, a project that project aims to understand biological and social effects of soil lead on urban gardening. In this project, Roxanna conducted data management and quantitative analysis. As an intern, she also got the chance to assist in writing and editing the My Brother's Keeper report, which discusses preparedness for education of youth in Stockton.
2016 B.S in Community & Regional Development
As a 2016 Scholar, Stephanie worked with Valerie Chiappone, where she served as the Social Media Manager, managing Facebook and LinkedIn social media platforms. As an intern, she also had the opportunity to to work with the Department of Housing and Community Development, where he conducted research and analyzed general plans for the potential development of affordable housing units in California.
2017 Candidate for M.S in Community Development
As a 2016 Scholar, Yoshiastsu worked with Dr. Nancy Erbstein. In collaboration with the Fathers and Families of San Joaquin and various community members, Yoshiastsu had the opportunity to assist in the creation of a data repository which contained analytical tools and support efforts to increase opportunities for boys and men of color in the San Joaquin Valley. As an intern for this project, he also had the opportunity to organize data on juvenile arrest rates in Stockton, as well as helped to create a website containing data about juvenile arrest rates in Stockton.