Arezou Akbarpour is a third year Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology major. This year, she is serving as a Resident Assistant in Rieber Vista and the ORL Representative to the Volunteer Center Fellows. She is the Staff Director for the Student Wellness Commission committee, SEARCH. SEARCH, Students for Education and Research on Contemporary Health, is SWC’s newest committee dedicated to educating and relaying vital health information to the UCLA student body. She served as a Team Green Coordinator on the Hill and is a proud advocate of sustainable practices.
Tiana Austel is second year a Psychology major and Housing Government Representative for the De Neve “EF” Community. Passionate about nonprofit work, she is involved with UCLA’s Swipes for the Homeless and the Community Service Commission’s newest venture, the “Facing Project,” a project attempting to raise awareness of the hardships in obtaining a higher education. She also serves as a conversationalist for Humans of UCLA and is a leader within Intervarsity Bruin Christian Fellowship. Outside of school, Tiana is a competitive figure skater who competed at the national level for 8 years before achieving Team USA status and competing overseas in Germany, France, and Austria for the 3 years following. Trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary, and tap, she is currently learning a variety of different styles of ballroom dances such as swing, tango, and salsa and enjoys writing and performing spoken word on a weekly basis.
Tracy De los Santos is a fifth year Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Major and Philosophy Minor. She is the Community Programs Office representative to the Volunteer Center Fellows. She is currently the External Chairperson of the Community Programs Office Student Association, an organization that oversees 30 community service projects that specialize in education, social justice, and health. She is also the Chairperson for the Student Risk Education Committee, which focuses on risk management and safety for student groups at UCLA. She was the Outreach Director of the Latino Student Health Project, which provides free basic medical screenings and health education to underserved communities of Los Angeles and in Tecate, Mexico through quarterly health fairs and health clinics that they organize.
Adam Drown is a senior studying Mathematics/Economics with a specialization in Programming, and minoring in Environmental Systems and Society. He is a Program Director of Mentorship at UCLA, a non-profit organization that pairs with Volunteers of America to provide a big-brother/big-sister mentor relationship with K-12 students in the underserved area of North Hollywood. Adam also serves as a teacher in the UCLA Math Department’s Los Angeles Math Circle, a program that teaches higher math to gifted young students to expose them to fascinating math and prepare them for competitions. When he has free time, Adam enjoys cycling, jazz bass, hiking, and film.
Lauren Fravor is a fourth year majoring in Physiological Sciences. She is currently serving her second term as Vice President of Ritual and Fraternity Appreciation for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. Lauren spent a week in Panama administering basic medical care to the indigenous people through Global Medical Brigades. She is a student assistant at UCLA’s Young Research Library and has been involved in projects with the Volunteer Center since her freshman year. Lauren’s favorite thing to do is attend the Volunteer Center’s One Bus, One Cause events with her sorority sisters.
Andrew Rosenstein is a fourth year film major at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He has been active in the UCLA Bearing Witness Program since his freshman year. He has worked to document the stories of Holocaust survivors, creating three dimensional maps of their stories on the hypercities platform, audio guides for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, and most recently a photography exhibit about the survivors’ interactions with students at UCLA for the Museum. He has also co-organizes the UCLA Circle of Friends program, which forms relationships between students with and without disabilities. He worked with the program for four years in high school and has continued to work with the program throughout his time at UCLA. He also has experience in public service through interning in the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Andrew is looking forward to co-leading the UCLA Volunteer Center’s Three Pillars, One University program this year, and has worked with the Center since his freshman year to take photographs and video at various service events including shadowing the Chancellor at UCLA Volunteer Day.
Joseph Tran is a third year Psychobiology major. He is the current Co-President and Co-Music Director of YOUTHphonics A Cappella, a service-oriented a cappella group that dedicates its efforts to teaching a weekly music class at Fairfax High School to fill in for their choir program lost to California budget cuts. YOUTHphonics is also involved in serving both the UCLA and Los Angeles community by singing and volunteering, pairing the two together for a unique, fun experience. He has been doing research in the ALIVE research lab, studying learning and memory in the context of virtual reality. For the next two years, he plans on conducting research on Autism at the Semel Institute. He is also a member of the Alumni Scholars Club, and has been both a participant and coordinator of the Volunteer Leadership Program.
Albany Vega is a fourth year Comparative Literature major. Currently, she serves as president of Lambda Theta Nu, a Latina-based sorority that aims to open the doors of opportunity within education to women leaders through conferences, academic seminars, and professional workshops. She is also a Latino Greek Council representative, a position in which she serves as the direct liaison between her sorority and the Council for community events. Outside of greek life, Albany advises her fellow Bruins on their academic concerns as an Academic Advancement Program Peer tutor. She enjoys Zumba, Greek Mythology, and all sports.
Cynthia Wong is a fourth year Physiological Sciences major and Community Service Commission representative to the Volunteer Center Fellows. As the USAC Community Service Commissioner, she leads the largest student-run and student-initiated service organization in the nation, a commission which oversees 34 service organizations ranging from education and mentorship to health and special needs. Cynthia has also been actively involved in Project Working for Immigrant Literacy Development, a CSC project which provides English tutoring to first and second generation immigrant students in Rosemead and mid-city Los Angeles, since her first year at UCLA. In addition to working with CSC, Cynthia is also the Vice-Chair of the Student Risk Education Committee for the 2014-15 academic year.
Angel Zhao is a fourth year Psychology major and the co-director for USAC Student Wellness Commission’s Health, Nutrition and Fitness Committee. HNF provides educational events that teach students how to stay fit, maintain a nutritious diet, and strive for overall well-being. Angel also volunteers with Project Working for Immigrant Literacy Development as a tutor to help kids improve their reading levels, basic grammar skills and writing abilities. Angel is a volunteer for UCLA Unicamp, which is UCLA’s official student charity that organizes annual summer camps for kids from low-income families. As a Volunteer Center Fellow, she hopes to inspire and encourage more students to volunteer in the UCLA community.