Daniel Johnson, a second-year student at Carleton College, is employed as a Fellow at Carleton's Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE). CCCE fellows assist in running the Center and they oversee a specific area of programming. Daniel's focus area is health and he is our liaison with a local health non-profit, HealthFinders. HealthFinders is a community health center that works to be an access point to anyone looking to get healthy in greater Rice County. As our HealthFinders liaison, Daniel's responsibilities include hosting on-campus information sessions regarding opportunities at HealthFinders, processing applications, setting up interviews, assisting with intern orientation and tracking our volunteers. He coordinates student reflection sessions and writes quarterly evaluations. Working with this organization provides Daniel with the perfect venue to make an impactful measure toward his belief that healthcare is a fundamental right for everyone.
In addition to his work with HealthFinders, Daniel serves as a tutor with Northfield's TORCH program. The mission of TORCH is to improve the graduation and post-secondary participation rates of Northfield's students of color, low-income students, and youth who would be first-generation college attendees. Daniel is a member of the Carleton Dining Board and Carleton's pre-medical student association.+ Read More
Natalie Tikhonovsky is a sophomore Public Health major at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She is a dynamic student and a passionate leader on campus and throughout the community. For the past five years, Natalie has worked with refugees internationally and in the United States; providing ESL classes, health and wellness programs, and disaster relief. At Furman, she has become a refugee advocate and raised awareness by founding groups and programs that educate and inspire action. Her deep understanding and exposure to the obstacles refugees face allow her to think critically about solutions and points of collaboration between diverse stakeholders.+ Read More
Alexandra Soth is a Normandale student with plans on transferring to a college or university to get her Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She is driven to social work because of her hundreds of hours of volunteering she has done on and off campus. On campus she is a Peer Mentor for TRIO Student Support Services and also does peer mentoring for students not meeting the college's Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, to help provide them with support, accountability, and resources. Off campus she has volunteered with many organizations, including a homeless shelter, domestic violence and human trafficking nonprofit, mentoring program for immigrant and refugee girls, day program for people with dementia, food delivery program for people with life-threatening illnesses, and a college and careers exploration program for under-served seniors in high school. Her experience building relationships with people and organizations in her community with make her an outstanding social worker.+ Read More
Jessica Rush, a second year student at Simmons College, wants to work so that more first generation college students can come to college equipped with financial literacy. She is committed to and works closely in her home community: planning and organizing rallies, protests and demonstrations in response to policies that target low-income communities. Jessica wants to use the knowledge she has gained from her education at Simmons to help more potential college students from low-income communities to navigate the finances behind attending and succeeding in college.+ Read More
Queenie Weesen is a student in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Moraine Park Technical College. She is passionately invested in family, community, and pursuing a healthcare career. Queenie grew up in the Philippines, immigrating to the U.S. at age 19. As the oldest of five, Queenie helped her single mother raise her siblings and care for elderly grandparents. Arriving in Wisconsin, she became a Certified Nursing Assistant for the elderly. As a role model for her own three children, stressing the importance of education, Queenie sends her CNA earnings back to the Philippines for her siblings to go to college. She creates change through leadership in AKBAYAN-FANEW - Filipino American Association of NE Wisconsin, showcasing Filipino pride in community traditions. She serves on the Campus Student Senate, and is the Districtwide Secretary. She also serves as a board member on the West Bend chapter of EAA - Experimental Aircraft Association, leading and inspiring Young Eagles. Queenie herself is a student pilot, accruing hours towards her private pilot's license. As a child, she sometimes escaped to the roof of her grandma's house, watching the airport planes flying overheard, and told herself, "One day I will fly! In America you can fly!"+ Read More
Sophie Moon is a junior at the University of Montana studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. Sophie's passion lies at the intersection between social and environmental justice and her commitment to creating positive change is unwavering. She is a strong and effective leader whose optimism is infectious. As Chair of the Board of Directors for the Montana Public Interest Research Group, Sophie transformed challenges into opportunities for growth, inspiring and energizing others to recommit to their causes. Additionally, Sophie works on a local farm through the Program for Ecological Agriculture and Society (PEAS) where she mentors high school youth who are in the correctional system while growing food for the Missoula Food Bank. Sophie has a gift for persuasive public speaking and readily uses her voice to address important issues. She recently testified during the 2017 Montana legislative session, striving to increase access to sustainable energy solutions. Not only does Sophie consistently lead by example, she patiently works to bring out the very best in others, helping her peers develop their own leadership potential. Grounded, determined, and passionate, Sophie will undoubtedly continue to be effective in her pursuit of justice and positive social change.+ Read More
Karla Fulmore, a second year student at Claflin University, is a visionary student leader, who is active in addressing issues of inequality pertaining to food deserts. She is currently working closely with fellow classmates, professors, and officials for the city of Branchville, South Carolina, in efforts to advocate for the cultivation of a grocery store chain in order to bring nutritious options to the residents while reducing and/or eliminating time spent travelling to outlying cities to obtain what they need. This includes efforts to kick-start the migration of residents and other businesses to Branchville, South Carolina, to supplement economic growth that would be associated with the project.+ Read More