Nina Schneider

University of San DIego

Nina Schneider, a third-year student at the University of San Diego (USD), is an active and engaged leader committed to creating positive social change in the larger San Diego community. Through USD's Mulvaney Center, Nina was selected, among numerous student leaders, to serve as the Director of the Youth Engagement Initiative. In her role she has become an advocate for improving the system of education as well as a leader to her peers. By exposing other students to San Diego's local K-12 school system, Nina works to transform the lens through which fellow college students come to understand education including quality, access, and equity among many other elements.

In addition to her exemplary work as Director, Nina is active and engaged in a wide range of social issues, which include: greater advocacy for San Diego's local Jewish community, racial equity work, efforts to combat poverty, and civic dialogue. She has a deep understanding for the complexity of each social issue and their intersections, and her wisdom rests far beyond her years. Nina is currently majoring in Sociology and Environmental Studies, with the aspiration of connecting her studies to the advocacy her community, in particular, young person's educational rights.

Nina Schneider's community engagement, passion for social issues, and desire to follow a career path dedicated to marginalized communities illustrates her values. She embodies USD's commitment, as a Roman Catholic institution, to advancing academic excellence, creating a diverse and inclusive community and preparing leaders who are dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

Dr. James Harris
University of San DIego

Personal Statement

My name is Nina Schneider and I am a Junior at the University of San Diego. As a child, I was raised in the greater Los Angeles area. Family, or truly a sense of community is something I've always held dear to my heart. Growing up as a triplet, I consider myself very attune to the needs of others. Empathy along with relationship building informs the ways in which I engage with all whom I encounter. The same sorts of values I grew to establish in my household quickly spread into education, where I found my passion connecting with youth, both through the outdoors, in nature and with horse, and inside of the classroom. In the years that I have been at the University of San Diego, I continue to actively pursue and deepen my passion for learning, where I now serve as the Director of the Youth Engagement Initiative, housed in the Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action. What I enjoy most about my role is the opportunity that I have to positively touch the lives of young people here in our San Diego community. What an honor it has been.

Nina Schneider
Sociology and Environmental Studies: Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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