Learn how you can make positive change through community service. This event will provide you with an inside look at the wide range of opportunities available through service groups at UCLA and beyond. Hear from current student leaders and experts in the field; and get a chance to connect with UCLA and community groups that are looking for inspired leaders who are ready to take the next step in civic engagement. Join us to explore volunteerism and the Power of One.
Dr. Julie Sina
Julie Sina has been involved in service for decades – definitely before the cell phone was invented! In every community where she has lived, Julie has been committed to citizen leadership and service. Her volunteer work in Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia, Florida, northern California and LA has evolved from a personal connection to working with battered women and sexual assault. She has done everything from chairing fund raising campaigns to working in the kitchens to what she enjoys most – connecting with the people being served. She has served on multiple boards – but enjoys directly connecting with people the most.
To support her volunteer commitment, Julie serves UCLA as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services and prior her current position, as Chief of Staff for the College of Letters and Science. Prior to UCLA, Julie served as University Vice President at the University of Pacific, Dean of Students and the University of Florida and in multiple position at Virginia Tech, including Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid. At each university she has worked, Julie has initiated significant volunteer commitments and engagement in community.
Julie earned degrees from Virginia Tech, Iowa State and the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
Devon Dickau received his B.A. in American Literature and Culture, emphasizing in media studies, from UCLA in 2007. He is currently Senior Associate at Cause & Affect, a social-impact consulting firm working “in the business of social change. At the agency, Devon works on developing social action campaigns through research, strategy development, and campaign management for media/entertainment, corporate, and nonprofit clients.
Prior to joining Cause & Affect, Devon earned a Masters degree from Harvard, where he focused on leveraging innovative media and technology to promote social change. While there, he also worked with Center for Public Interest at Harvard, the HGSE African Education Initiative, and the WGBH Educational Foundation’s NOVA Science. Previously, he led efforts in community engagement, program strategy, and development as a full-time staff member at UCLA. He is a communications consultant in the education and nonprofit fields with experience in social media, and an impassioned HIV/AIDS activist, including work on-the-ground in East Africa.
While at UCLA, he was very involved on campus, particularly in film-related and philanthropy organizations. He owes his passion for social change to his time as a Bruin, particularly the endless hours dedicated to fighting AIDS as a committee member of Dance Marathon and Support for International Change. Additionally, his internships in the entertainment industry, jobs, and volunteer experiences while at UCLA all were pivotal experiences to creating the social changemaker he is today.
Taylor Mason is a third year International Development Studies major, with minors in Education and Public Policy. She is a member of the Afrikan Student Union (ASU) at UCLA, a student advocacy group focused on serving the interest and needs of African and African-American students on UCLA’s campus. She is currently the Community Service Coordinator for the organization, and is responsible for increasing the awareness and participation in various community service opportunities among the Union members, as well as organizing community service events. She has worked as a college counselor and mentor with students at under-resourced schools in Los Angeles since her first year at UCLA through the VIP Scholars Program. Taylor is also the Co-Chief of Staff for the Cultural Affairs Commission, an office in student government founded on the purpose of spreading cultural awareness and appreciation through various forms of art and entertainment.
Ashley Love-Smith is currently a development coordinator in the External Affairs Gift Processing Department. She has worked at UCLA for close to four years now.
Her experience with community service programs started in high school and continued on through her undergraduate career at Tulane University in New Orleans. It was there, in her work study jobs as a student teacher and tutor, where she developed my passion for helping her community. After she graduated, she worked in the fashion production and merchandising industry but she continued to volunteer her free time with community programs. She has mostly volunteered with after-school and literacy programs. Presently, she is a site coordinator for the Reading to Kids Program at Alta Loma Elementary School in West LA. She also volunteers when she can as a project leader with other organizations including the UCLA Volunteer Center, Big Sunday, and LA Works. She enjoys working in her community and she hopes to serve as role model for her peers and those younger than her. Earlier this month, she started a masters program at Antioch University and she hopes to use her degree to further her aspirations in the educational non-profit world.
Ericka Jones is a first year Political Science-Russian double major. She is very passionate about the performing arts, community service and reading and is currently involved in different groups and organizations such as the Posse Foundation, VIP Scholars and floor government. She is also very excited to begin building a UCLA chapter for the international organization known as the World Change Coalition. Her favorite thing about being on campus is having access to a myriad of opportunities, activities and being able to gain knowledge and insight through her experiences outside of the classroom.
Neil Spears is the Co-Director of the Los Angeles office of CFY, a national nonprofit that helps students, teachers, and families use digital learning tools to improve educational outcomes. This year in Los Angeles, CFY will partner with over 30 middle schools in low-income communities and provides free digital resources and trainings to 7,000 families and hundreds of educators. Before joining CFY, Neil was a sixth grade teacher and Teach For America corps member at El Sereno Middle School in east LA where he led his students to significant academic gains in the classroom. Prior to teaching, Neil was a Fellow in the innovation department at the headquarters of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life where he helped spearhead the Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative, a revolutionary national peer-engagement initiative in which UCLA was a pilot campus. Neil holds a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University.