SMMIP 2016-2017

Leopoldo Albea

LeopoldoLeo is a third-year Sociology major who is passionate about using media to bring awareness to social issues. Leo is especially interested in film, photography, and graphic design. He is currently the Artistic Director for Samahang Modern, the Public Relations Coordinator for Samahang Pilipino Cultural Night, and a member of the John Wooden Center Board of Governors. In the future, Leo plans on working with nonprofit organizations that use art to break social stigmas and stereotypes. On the daily, Leo can be found dancing with his team in UCLA parking lots, working on his Instagram aesthetic, or watching his fictional role model, Leslie Knope, in “Parks and Rec.”

Arda Bedoyan

ArdaArda is a fourth-year Financial Actuarial Mathematics major and Film, Television, and Digital Media minor. She has been a part of UCLA’s Armenian philanthropic sorority, Alpha Gamma Alpha, for the past two years, in which she organizes events that serve underprivileged communities in Greater Los Angeles. She also works with Alpha Gamma Alpha to raise funds for various orphanages in Armenia. Arda hopes that whatever career path she chooses, she will always have the opportunity to give back to her community and be able to put a smile on people’s faces. In her free time, Arda enjoys spending time with her family and counting down the days till Christmas!

Ipsita Dey

IpsitaIpsita is a fourth-year Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics major pursuing a minor in Anthropology. Ipsita is currently working on her senior thesis on domestic violence in South Asian immigrant communities. She volunteers as a research assistant and study director at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and as a research associate for the Fellowship for International Service in Health (FISH). She also serves as a Volunteer Center Fellow. Ipsita recently co-developed “Silver Linings,” a self assessment app for mental health patients. She is passionate about sustainable development and hopes to use her interdisciplinary education to study promising community-based social interventions.

Shawn Diaz

ShawnShawn is a second-year Business Economics major and intends to pursue minors in both Environmental Systems/Society and Theater. He is a proud barista on campus and the Treasurer for UCLA Rally Committee. Volunteerism has been crucial to Shawn’s character, and in particular is passionate about social justice and sustainability in the Greater Los Angeles area. Shawn has previously volunteered with the UCLA Volunteer Center through One Bus, One Cause and Operation Gratitude. He hopes that through this internship, he will gain the technical skills to turn his passion for service into a marketable asset for future professional endeavors. When he’s not studying or working, you can find Shawn binging on “The Office” or exploring local hiking trails.

Vivian Duong

VivianVivian is a second-year Psychology major working towards a minor in Education Studies.  In the future, she hopes to educate the public on mental health issues and how to actively cope with them. Vivian is very excited to expand her graphic design skills and to utilize those skills with organizations she is involved with. She is a member of Kappa Psi Epsilon, a cultural organization that focuses on academics, culture, and community engagement. She has been involved in UCLA Samahang Philipino Culture Night and The Southeast Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention (SEA CLEAR). In her free time, she enjoys learning about random animal facts, having amateur photoshoots, jamming on her ukelele and guitar, and playing tennis.

Madison Feldman

MadisonMadison is a second-year in the school of Social Sciences, and is pursuing a Food Studies and Civic Engagement double minor. Madison hopes to apply the skills she learns from SMMIP to assist inspiring nonprofit organizations. She is passionate about raising awareness of food sustainability and its environmental impact. Madison is a member of the International Surf Lifesaving Association. Over winter break, Madison will be in Indonesia educating coastal communities on ocean safety and teaching live-saving techniques. In addition, Madison is currently on the Student Giving Committee, in which she reaches out to campus groups and community members to raise funds for UCLA programs.

Jordyn Grusd

JordynJordyn is a first-year Communications major. She hopes to find opportunities that encompasses her passion for public relations, event planning, and marketing. As a new student, she is excited to participate in future volunteer opportunities with fellow Bruins. In New Jersey, Jordyn volunteered as a mentor to special needs cheerleaders and promoted safe driving around her community with Red Bank Catholic. She is also a new member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and is looking forward to participating in their philanthropic events. Jordyn has been to over 65 countries and plans to visit many more. She enjoys learning about cultures, seeing new places, and broadening her world perspective.

Ran(Ivy) He

IvyIvy is a fourth-year Applied Mathematics major who is working toward becoming a data scientist. She loves volunteering and helping people. She volunteers as a tutor with Bruin Initiative, in which she helps high school students with limited resources prepare for SAT. She was introduced to the UCLA Volunteer Center after participating in a One Bus, One Cause event, during which she helped beautify the bike trail of Bellflower. Currently, Ivy is one of the Peer Advisors in the UCLA Career Center, where she enjoys helping students who have questions about careers, internships, and their resumes. In her free time, Ivy likes trying restaurants with high Yelp ratings or watching popular TV shows/movies.

Nikhita Jaaswal

NikhitaNikhita is a first-year Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) major who is interested in pursuing a career in medicine or public health. Being new to UCLA and California, she excited to gain insight of the community and discover all that Los Angeles has to offer. She holds a strong passion for volunteerism and helping out in the community, and has participated in InterAct, Junior Achievement and Best Buddies throughout high school. She is excited to learn new marketing and social media skills that will allow her to positively influence the community and participate in philanthropic efforts. When she’s not watching Netflix, Nikhita loves to cook, travel, play tennis, and most importantly eat foods of mass variety and quantity.

Ellen Kang

EllenEllen is a fourth year Psychology major who is interested in pursuing a career in marketing and Public Relations. She has a passion for the arts and volunteering, and has been involved with UCLA UniCamp, UCLA Korean Culture Night, and Samahang Modern. For two quarters last year, Ellen studied in Rome and Madrid, where she used art and interactive games to teach English to children. Ellen hopes to continue using the arts to make an impact on the community. Ellen also works at the Student Activities Center, where she corresponds with various on-campus organizations and eats breakfast burritos with her coworkers. In her free time, Ellen enjoys laminating and eating all types of food.

Christy Li

ChristyChristy is a fourth year Dance and Psychology double major who hopes to pursue a career in the performing arts and nonprofit sector. She recently served as the Administrative Director of Samahang Modern, a competitive hip hop dance team at UCLA and is currently the Volunteer Services Intern at the Venice Family Clinic, a UCLA-affiliated community clinic for the underserved community of Los Angeles. She believes art can create social change and would like to use her social media and marketing skills to educate and mobilize the Westside community. During the school year, you can find her napping in Kaufman or eating at il Trammezzino.

Corey Ly

CoreyCorey is a second-year Environmental Science Major. He is a Financial Wellness Peer with the Office of the Dean of Students, an office devoted to the personal and intellectual development of students; an Internship Peer Advocate at UCLA Career Center, a department that provides information on careers and internships; a proud brother of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity; and a Fellow with the UCLA Volunteer Center. In addition to service, he is the Marketing Directory of the Facilities Commission and a member of the Student Wellness Commission’s EARTH. Both organizations are committed to sustainability and student safety. In his free time, he loves rearranging the decorations on his wall and looking through old pictures.

Ashly Mohankumar

AshlyAshly is a fourth year Psychology major and Education Studies minor. Throughout her college career, she has immersed herself in a variety of organizations including Undergraduate Student Association Council (USAC), Indian Student Union, UCLA Homecoming, Bruin Resource Center and Medical Literature Society. Ashly currently serves as the Academic Affairs Commissioner with USAC and is committed to empowering the student voice, increasing dialogue across communities on campus, as well as improving accessibility to academic resources. She’s always had a passion for marketing and would like to take her social media skills to the next level with SMMIP! In her free time you could find her at a Kanye concert or eating unhealthy amounts of Taco Bell.

Alejandra Pena

AlejandraAlejandra is a third year Psychology major and Spanish minor. She plans to become an educational psychologist to help improve education practices among young students. She enjoys helping others and volunteered as a move-in assistant during UCLA’s Move- in Weekend, which consisted of thousands of incoming freshman! She enjoys participating in the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program, in which she receives advice from alumni and gets an insight of the goals she can accomplish with her degree. Alejandra is interested in learning new social media and marketing skills that can help her explore new career options. In her free time, you will most likely find Alejandra at Disneyland.

Wendy Trang

WendyWendy is a second year Business Economics major. She works as the Administrative Assistant for the Southeast Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention (SEA CLEAR) project and has been involved with Community Programs Office (CPO), in which she explored issues affecting Southeast Asian communities. Her interest in community service began in high school as a volunteer with Special Olympics. She strives to continue giving back to the UCLA community with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and SMMIP. Wendy is very excited to develop her marketing skills and work alongside wonderful community advocacy organizations! In her free time you could find her binge watching “Suits”, practicing hand lettering, or playing tennis.

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