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UCR Sends Delegation to Service Conference


UC Riverside Sends Delegation to Public Service Conference

The Clinton Global Initiative University selects 13 students to attend the April event in San Diego.

(March 29, 2011)

(Top, l-r) Cynthia De Leon, Sara Crowder, Christy Charles, (Row 2, l-r) Anthony Bowers, Stacey Lumabao, Fortino Morales III, (Row 3, l-r) Cheng Ung, Paige Stevens, Serkadis Krohm, (Row 4, l-r) Jayson Fitter, Elizabeth Tizcareno, Nicholas Sakover and Ariel Reyes.Enlarge

(Top, l-r) Cynthia De Leon, Sara Crowder, Christy Charles, (Row 2, l-r) Anthony Bowers, Stacey Lumabao, Fortino Morales III, (Row 3, l-r) Cheng Ung, Paige Stevens, Serkadis Krohm, (Row 4, l-r) Jayson Fitter, Elizabeth Tizcareno, Nicholas Sakover and Ariel Reyes.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Thirteen UC Riverside students selected to participate in the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative University have returned from the conference, held April 1-3 at UC San Diego.

The program is a project of the Clinton Global Initiative and is designed to challenge college students and universities to tackle global problems with practical, innovative solutions. Former President Bill Clinton established the CGI in 2005 and spoke at the conference. Conference participants proposed “commitments to action” that they will accomplish in the following year in one of five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, alleviating poverty, and public health.

Chancellor Timothy P. White said he is proud of the students selected – the largest delegation yet from UC Riverside – and of the faculty and staff who mentor them.

“Our students are using their education to improve the lives of people at home and in communities around the world,” he said. “Their projects make a difference and reflect UC Riverside’s commitment to community engagement and to providing experiences that teach our students to be global citizens.”

The students’ participation was supported financially by the Honda Grant of the University Honors Program.

The UCR delegation included students majoring in the sciences, the social sciences and humanities. Participating UCR students were:

• Cynthia De Leon, a second-year student majoring in environmental science, from Corona. She is involved in Sustainable UCR's Community Garden and has been a part of the team that created UCR's Urban Garden Seminar through the Honors Program. She will promote a student-run cafe that would provide healthy, sustainable choices on campus.

• Sara Crowder, a senior majoring in global studies and Spanish, from Lake Arrowhead. She is interning with the Riverside-based nonprofit Child Leader Project (CLP), Norte Vista High School division in Riverside. CLP began with high school students in a poor, rural community in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu and has grown to include students in Riverside and Mexico.

• Christy Charles, a third-year anthropology student pursing minors in peace and conflict studies, and sociology, from south Los Angeles. She is part of the 900 Magnolia Project, which provides weekly mentoring and college advising to students at Riverside’s Ramona High School.

• Anthony Bowers, a senior majoring in psychology, from Lancaster. He works for AmeriCorps, which provides service to the eastside community of Riverside. He has spent three years as a mentor and two years as a tutor, and works with students at Ramona High School through the 900 Magnolia Project.

• Stacey Lumabao, a third-year biological science major and creative writing minor, from Highland. She is the secretary and publicist of the student organization Project Josh and Friends, which delivers stuffed dogs and books to comfort children at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

• Fortino Morales III, a senior majoring in environmental science with a concentration in social science, from San Diego. He is the past leader of Sustainable UCR, a student organization that promotes sustainability on campus through grass-roots organizing and political action. He helped coordinate the development of a community garden on campus.

• Cheng Ung, a fourth-year political science/international affairs and sociology major, from the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. She is an intern with the Child Leader Project and is helping to coordinate the Send Us to India (SU2I) program, which prepares nine local high school students for a two-week study-abroad experience with CLP partners in India.

• Paige Stevens, a third-year biology major, from Loma Linda. During her freshman and sophomore years she pioneered a community service organization on campus called Project Josh and Friends, which seeks to bring comfort and hope to children at the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

• Serkadis Krohm, a third-year student majoring in psychology, from Riverside. Born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, she wants to participate in community service on a global scale and volunteers with the Child Leader Project. She is raising money to enable low-income students in Riverside to work on social justice issues in India through CLP’s Send Us to India program.

• Jayson Fitter, a third-year biology major, from Apple Valley. He is vice president of Project Josh and Friends, which aims to ease the fear of the hospital experience for children at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. He hopes to generate interest in starting Project Josh and Friends clubs on other campuses.

• Elizabeth Tizcareno, a second-year environmental science major, from North Hollywood. She and two teammates will co-facilitate a research seminar focused on community gardens in Riverside in the spring quarter. Student participants will do faculty-mentored research, learn and practice horticulture the UCR community garden, and collaborate with local organizations that are working on similar projects.

• Nicholas Sakover, a senior majoring in political science/international affairs, from San Diego. He is president of the UCR chapter of Global Medical Brigades, the world's largest student-led, health and sustainable development organization. He has traveled with the group to rural villages of Honduras for two years, and this summer will implement a new model that will provide a wider range of health care.

• Ariel Reyes, who is completing a bachelor’s degree in media and cultural studies, from La Ceiba, Honduras. He is vice president of Global Medical Brigades. The expanded model of health care the UCR chapter proposes includes more medical tests and more time for patients with their doctors, which will improve the quality of health care.

Also representing UC Riverside is Samantha Wilson, a 2009 UCR graduate who works at the university as the coordinator of undergraduate research in the community. Wilson, a Riverside resident, developed the Child Leader Project, which supports child and youth collectives that create safe spaces for young people and their allies in Riverside, India and Mexico to reflect, connect and take action on social issues that matter most to them.

CLP has been recognized and awarded grants by the Community Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative meetings in 2008, 2009 and 2010. CLP was also featured on CNN Local Edition and honored by the International Relations Council of Riverside, where Wilson serves as a board member.
From left: Fortino Morales III, Paige Stevens, Samantha Wilson, Cheng Ung, Nicholas Sakover, Serkadis Krohm, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dallas Rabenstein, Christy Charles, Sara Crowder, Elizabeth Tizcareno, Cynthia De Leon, Ariel Reyes and Stacey Lumabao.    Enlarge

From left: Fortino Morales III, Paige Stevens, Samantha Wilson, Cheng Ung, Nicholas Sakover, Serkadis Krohm, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dallas Rabenstein, Christy Charles, Sara Crowder, Elizabeth Tizcareno, Cynthia De Leon, Ariel Reyes and Stacey Lumabao.

Attending the Clinton Global Initiative University in San Diego are: (top, l-r) Cheng Ung, Serkadis Krohm, Christy Charles, Nicholas Sakover, Cynthia De Leon, Anthony Bowers, Kathryn Jones (director of student affairs for the Honors Program), Jayson Fitter, Ariel Reyes, (bottom, l-r) Samantha Wilson (coordinator of undergraduate research in the community and founder of the Child Leader Project), Sara Crowder, MDS Shiva (coordinator of the Child Leader Project-India), Fortino Morales III, Elizabeth Tizcareno, Paige Stevens and Stacey Lumabao.Enlarge

Attending the Clinton Global Initiative University in San Diego are: (top, l-r) Cheng Ung, Serkadis Krohm, Christy Charles, Nicholas Sakover, Cynthia De Leon, Anthony Bowers, Kathryn Jones (director of student affairs for the Honors Program), Jayson Fitter, Ariel Reyes, (bottom, l-r) Samantha Wilson (coordinator of undergraduate research in the community and founder of the Child Leader Project), Sara Crowder, MDS Shiva (coordinator of the Child Leader Project-India), Fortino Morales III, Elizabeth Tizcareno, Paige Stevens and Stacey Lumabao.

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