Volunteer Center Fellows ’18-’19

Miriam Trejo

Miriam is a third-year Sociology major. She is pursuing a minor in Spanish. She is a DACA recipient, a Dreamer. She was born in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, México and she is proud of her roots. She hopes to attend graduate school in order to pursue a masters in Social Work. She wants to give back to the community that helped and motivated her to attend UCLA. Children are the future and she wants to help children and their families in vulnerable situations. She is learning to speak and write in Korean. She is highly involved in her church in her hometown of East Los Angeles and she is an alto in her church’s choir. She loves her family and her community.

Kelsey Holmes

Kelsey is a third-year Political Science student pursuing a minor in Civic Engagement. One day she aspires to combine her passions for law and public service as a lawyer with her own non-profit organization someday dedicated to providing food and other basic necessities for struggling communities anywhere and everywhere. Outside of her time in the Volunteer Center she is a Director in Swipe Out Hunger, an organization fighting food insecurity on and off campus. She advocates by presenting to institutions on how to mitigate current food resources in order to effectively support those in need. She also spends a lot of her time with UCLA’s Mock Trial team, a competitive traveling team that analyzes cases and performs as lawyers and witnesses in tournaments across the nation. She is also found representing our students as an Undergraduate Representative on the Student Conduct Committee under the Dean of Student’s Office. Kelsey loves to discover new destinations, good food, and great music.

Alondra Perez Arrezola

Alondra is a second-year International Development and Business Economics major. She is also pursuing a minor in Entrepreneurship. Alondra is a devoted activist who is passionate about the five pillars of service: food security, health and sanitation, clean water, alternative income and education. From traveling to Ecuador to help with ME2WE water projects to hosting health fairs in Mexico, Alondra is passionate about making a difference in the world around her. Alondra is also a proud West Coast native as she was born in Oregon, raised in Washington and now resides here in California to pursue her dreams. As an aspiring entrepreneur, Alondra has a love for business and hopes to one day own a for-profit organization that gives back to those that need it most. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching her younger brothers play soccer– Visca Barca! She hopes to share her passions, learn from others and inspire a vision of change and the UCLA Volunteer Center is the perfect place to do so.

Rowan Hong

Rowan is a 4th-year Anthropology major. She is the co-president of L.A. Stop the Traffik, a UCLA-based chapter of the international charity Stop the Traffik which is dedicated to combating human trafficking through education, advocacy, and fundraising. She hopes to maximize L.A.S.T.’s impact this year by shifting the club’s focus from passive awareness-raising campaigns to volunteering, working to dismantle systems of exploitation by supporting striking workers, and by engaging in non-violent direct action in response to the Trump administration’s unconstitutional immigration policy and anti-woman agenda (both of which deter victims from reporting traffickers). A survivor of CSA, she considers her role in bringing her abuser, a serial predator, to justice to be the most difficult thing she has ever done and her greatest accomplishment. She plans to attend law school and devote her life to protecting the innocent by putting predators and sex traffickers in prison and fighting the unjust criminalization of sex trafficking victims. In her spare time, she plays CK2, writes bad poetry, and speculates about unsolved crimes on Websleuths forums.

Seerat Jajj

Seerat is a third-year Neuroscience major with a minor in Global Health. She’s currently a Site Development Coordinator for Alternative Breaks, an organization that provides hands-on service about social justice issues, ranging from youth homelessness to environmental conservation, and education to create more active citizens on campus. With plans to pursue medicine and public health in the future, she is also a research assistant at a neurophysiology lab on campus and loves to teach math to her students at Mathnasium. Seerat enjoys being involved in her community by volunteering at Cedars-Sinai and helping out older adults with memory loss at OPICA. In her free time, she likes to paint, read, hike, and travel around the world.

Mona Farzan

Mona is a third-year Political Science major with a double minor in Education Studies and Public Affairs. She loves education and has wanted to be a teacher since she was around 5 years old. She hopes to teach middle school or high school after receiving a Master’s degree and then get involved in the policy that shapes public education in California. For two years she has welcomed new first-year and transfer students to UCLA during the summer as a New Student Advisor. She is also a captain for Foundations Choreography, an organization that allows beginner and intermediate dancers to grow and train in urban dance and hip-hop. She is a tutor and a mentor with several organizations including UCLA BruinCorps and the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program, which both focus on under-served communities in Los Angeles. In addition, Mona is a Research Assistant with The Friendship Project, which studies whether diverse friendships in elementary school children reap social and academic benefits. She is also a member of Baha’i Club at UCLA and serves her community through this platform. Outside of school, she loves to read, eat chocolate, and watch the Lakers and 49ers.

Madeleine McKee

Maddie is a third-year Environmental Science major. She is a programming director for UCLA’s Community Service Commission, a branch of USAC, which gives resources to over 30 student-run service groups and organizes several service-based events on campus. Maddie also volunteers weekly at a multiple sclerosis center in Westwood. She hopes to one day become a physician assistant and help people be the best they can be. Maddie loves travelling, spending time with friends, painting, and listening to music.

Savannah Shumock

Savannah is a third-year Premed Bioengineering major. Her hope is to one day work in the field of medicine as a doctor in the pediatric intensive care unit. At UCLA, she is proud to be a part 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. She enjoys spending her time volunteering at Ronald Reagan Medical Center, as well as performing research on campus which aims to use engineering techniques for spinal cord repairs. Through the Biomedical Engineering Society she has been able to combine science and service by attending outreaches to local Los Angeles schools and organizing experiments for young students to participate in to teach them about science, medicine, and technology. She looks forward to beginning her Junior year and all she will get to do with the Volunteer Center this year.

Mathew Ralph Santiago

Mathew is a fourth-year Political Science and Communication Double Major. During his time at UCLA, Mathew has served as a Resident Assistant in Saxon Suites and as a New Student Advisor for over 200 Bruins. Mathew is currently a part of the Student Alumni Association in the External Relations Committee as well as a member of the Pre-Law Society. He was also the Social Media and Marketing intern for UCLA Government and Community Relations as well as a Development Intern for the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Outside of UCLA, Mathew has interned for United States Senator Dianne Feinstein and is currently interning for the sixth best public relations firm in the West. In his free time, you can find Mathew adventuring the outdoors, trying new foods, or exploring to new places.

Jared Ngao

Jared is a third-year Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology student. His goal is to be a pediatrician in the future. 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 fellow Bruins as possible. He currently works as a Residential Assistant in Sproul Hall and volunteers with Care Extenders and the Community Service Commission’s Vietnamese Community Health. Jared also is a research assistant in the Cai Laboratory in the Department of Anesthesiology. In his free time, Jared loves to watch and play basketball and read books.

Anahita Sehgal

Anahita is third-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 undeserved individuals into insurance. In addition, she is a volunteer tutor for Project SPELL wherein she tutors several members of the housekeeping staff of UCLA’s dorms to help improve their conversational proficiency and grammatical skills in English. Anahita is also a Research Assistant at David Geffen School of Medicine’s Radiation Oncology Department wherein 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.

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