Founding Fellows ’09-10

Lydia Avila

Lydia Avila is a fourth year Geography/Environmental Studies and Psychology double major who is originally from La Puente, California. She has been volunteering in Latinas Guiding Latinas (LGL) as a mentor for middle school girls since the first quarter of her first year at UCLA. Lydia is currently LGL’s Executive Director and the Community Programs Office Student Association (CPOSA) Internal Chairperson.

Farhan Banani

Farhan Banani is a fourth year Economics major. He has been involved with two Community Service Commission (CSC) projects: Project Literacy and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Farhan now serves as Community Service Commissioner representing service organizations on the Undergraduate Students Association Council as well as providing resources, training and support for the twenty projects under CSC, and he is proud to serve and be a part of the Los Angeles Community.

Mark Dakkak

Mark Dakkak is a fourth year undergraduate majoring in Mathematics. For several years he was involved in and eventually led Project Literacy, one of the largest community service groups at UCLA. Mark helped found the Global Health Equity Initiative and is currently a caseworker for the clients of the UCLA Mobile Clinic. Mark hopes to pursue a career that combines social justice and health care.

Eva Leidman

Eva Leidman is a fourth year undergraduate majoring in International Development Studies. She is also the director of the Global Health Committee of the Student Welfare Commission and the Global Health Equity Initiative. Through these organizations and others, Eva has worked to promote volunteerism domestically and internationally.

Anthony Nguyen

Anthony Nguyen is a fourth year Biology major. He is a director of the Asian Pacific Health Corps at UCLA and also serves as External Chair of the Community Programs Office Student Association which oversees 24 student-initiated, student-run organizations working in numerous underserved communities around Los Angeles and beyond.

Alesha Unpingco

Alesha Unpingco is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in English. She is the Marketing and Recruitment Director for Project Literacy, and manages the Online Marketing feats of both the USAC Community Service and Cultural Affairs Commission. Alesha utilizes various forms of social media and creative marketing strategies to promote volunteerism throughout the Los Angeles community.

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