Volunteer Center Fellows ’17-’18

Adriana Hardwicke

Adriana is a fourth-year International Development Studies major. She is the current Co-Executive Director of Bruin Partners, an organization that provides tutoring and mentoring service to middle school and high school students in Los Angeles. Additionally, she serves as the Commissioner for the Community Service Commission (CSC), one of the fourteen undergraduate student government offices that currently stands as the largest student-run, student-initiated service organization in the nation. Adriana also served as the Vice President of Community Service for Kappa Delta Sorority, and is a competitor for UCLA’s Club Gymnastics team. In her free time, she also enjoys skiing, traveling, and sampling all of the flavors at every ice cream shop she comes across.

Anahita Sehgal

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Anahita is second-year Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics major and hopes to pursue a minor in Public Affairs. She currently works with Connecting Californians to Care-Undergraduate as a Certified Health Insurance Enrollment Counselor to increase health insurance literacy and enroll under served individuals into insurance. In addition, she is a volunteer tutor for Project SPELL wherein she tutors several members of the UCLA residential housekeeping staff  to help improve their conversational proficiency and grammatical skills in English. Anahita is also a research assistant at the David Geffen School of Medicine Radiation Oncology Department where she studies cancer stem cells and radiation mitigation. When she’s not busy with schoolwork, she enjoys binge-watching sitcoms and taking naps. Moreover, she loves all kinds of dessert and firmly believes that ice cream is the solution to most problems

Corey Ly

Corey is a second-year Environmental Science Major. Dedicated to helping others, he is a Financial Wellness Peer in the office of the Dean of Students, a team devoted to educating students from how to prevent financial crises from arising to how to buy your first car. Additionally, he is an Internship Peer Advocate at Career Center, a group of students who provide others with resources with the search for internships. Lastly, he is a proud brother of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity. Outside of service, he is involved with the Facilities Commission as one of the marketing directors, as well as 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.

Jared Ngao

Jared is a second year Undeclared Life Sciences student. His career goal is to be a physician. Jared has been an active and enthusiastic volunteer since his high school years in the nearby San Fernando Valley. He joined the Volunteer Center Fellows to share his passion for community service and his desire to help others with as many of his fellow Bruins as possible. He currently serves as a Volunteer Coordinator for Bruin Run/Walk and is a member of Care Extenders and Vietnamese Community Health. In his free time, Jared loves to watch and play basketball and read books.

Kaela Cohan

Kaela is a fourth year Human Biology and Society major. In her time at UCLA, she has enjoyed exploring topics of the mind and identity through working in a neuroscience lab and engaging in neuroethics research. Currently, Kaela is the Director of Internal Programs for the Community Service Commission at UCLA and looks forward to connecting UCLA students to service opportunities in that capacity. Kaela discovered a passion for service through volunteering at the MS Achievement Center at UCLA and fundraising for the annual MS Walk. This experience, along with volunteering at the Venice Family Clinic and her coursework at UCLA, has broadened her worldview with regards to the social determinants of health, access to care, and inequities in the healthcare system. She hopes to both expand on and apply this knowledge through a multifaceted career in medicine, health policy, and public health. In her free time, Kaela enjoys outdoor adventures, reading a good book, and spending time with friends and family.

Kevin Tran

Kevin is a fourth-year Business Economics Major and Entrepreneurship Minor. In hopes to go into the field of marketing after college, his involvement in service has stemmed from his passion in marketing and publicity. In the past, he’s served in several publicity committees for the Community Service Commission and the Vietnamese Student Union’s programming events, including the Vietnamese Culture Night and Southeast Asian Admit Weekend. His passion in service directed him to learn more about food insecurity in the Greater Los Angeles community as he participated in Alternative Breaks. As Kevin transformed from a general volunteer to an active citizen, his biggest takeaway from service is to process and reflect upon the causes and effects of social issues, and what possible solutions we can present to address them. Now in the UCLA Volunteer Center in his role as a Volunteer Center Fellow, Kevin hopes to inspire this mindset in new volunteers so they can also understand the bigger picture of service.

Mathew Santiago

Mathew is a third year Political Science and Communication Studies Double Major. He is currently a Resident Assistant in Saxon Suites and is the Residential Life Representative for the Volunteer Center Fellows. Mathew was also a New Student Advisor last summer and helped welcome incoming freshmen to UCLA and is currently a mentor through the New Student and Transition Programs. He also serves as one of the Creative Directors for the Student Alumni Association. Hoping to go into politics in the future, Mathew is an active member of the UCLA Pre-Law Society and was an intern for UCLA Community and Government Relations through the Social Media and Marketing Program. Mathew is also a campus ambassador for Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit that serves members of the armed forces at home and overseas through care packages and letters. Outside of school and work, Mathew enjoys traveling, going on adventures, and hanging out with family and friends.

Maya Ram

Maya is a fourth-year World Arts and Cultures Major and Public Health Minor. She enjoys baking large amounts of chocolate chip cookies and drinking green tea. Maya has truly enjoyed her service experiences at UCLA, especially her involvement with Alternative Breaks. Through this program, she has spent her last two spring breaks in San Francisco expanding her perspective on the social determinants of health and healthcare access in under-resourced communities. She has applied her learning from Alternative Breaks to a reproductive justice program in LAUSD called Sex Squad, which engages high school students in art-making and storytelling surrounding the topic of sexual health. Maya also serves as a GRIT Peer Coach through the Bruin Resource Center, which has fostered her passion for promoting self-care, mindful living, and wellbeing within the UCLA community. In the future, Maya hopes to continue learning from personal narratives and to share those stories to create social change.

Savannah Shumock

Savannah is a second year Pre-Med Bioengineering major. Her hope is to one day combine her passion for service with her love of science and technology by starting a nonprofit organization that designs new and improved prosthetics for our veterans. At UCLA she is proud to be apart of her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega’s philanthropy committee, which raises money and awareness for domestic violence survivors, the Society for Women Engineers, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. Through the Biomedical Engineering Society she has been able to combine science and service by doing outreach to local Los Angeles schools and organizing experiments for young students to learn  about science, medicine, and technology. She spent the summer back home in Hawaii, where she assisted with cardiovascular research at the University of Hawaii, and attempted to spend almost everyday at the beach. She looks forward to beginning her research in the Seidlits Research Lab at UCLA, and participating as a Volunteer Center Fellow.

Sylvester Foley

Sylvester is a second year Biology major. His passion is medicine and one day hopes to become a physician. Driven to serve his community, he is a myUCLAhealth Ambassador, a group that educates patients about myUCLAhealth so they are better prepared to interact with their doctors through technology. He also serves as the head of logistics on his program’s Executive Board. In addition, he is currently the President of Delta Terrace where he works closely with the Resident Director and Resident Assistants to ensure the best for his fellow residents. He is also working on an independent research project through the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. In his free time, Sylvester enjoys listening to K-pop music, hanging out with friends, and running.

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