Neala Berkowski: I am a junior studying Spanish and have a community action and social change minor. The community based learning courses and groups I have been a part of have taught me more than any other classes than I have taken at U of M. Being able to explore my interests in Spanish, immigration reform, and social work through CBL has been an invaluable experience. My participation in Semester in Detroit last spring was a life-changing and has led to my continued involvement in the city. I am currently working with Michigan United, a social justice group based in southwest Detroit, on their immigration reform team. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, running, and hanging out with my friends. Sometime after graduating, I hope to earn a masters degree in social work or a law degree and go into community organizing.
Tasneem Bhindarwala: My name is Tasneem (Tas) Bhindarwala and I am a junior at U-M studying International Studies and Program in the Environment. Within my majors, I specifically focus on environmental policy and law. After I graduate, I intend to pursue a law degree with the hope of working in the field of immigration law. Outside of my studies, I am a member of SAGE, specifically in the Curricular and Course Design subcommittee, where we work with graduate students to help edit their syllabi for CBL classes. For the past three years I have been a part of SAAN (South Asian Awareness Network) - participating as a conference facilitator and on SAAN CPT. I also work for housing as a Diversity Peer Educator. Currently, I am studying abroad in Madagascar, furthering my CBL and experiential learning experiences and also rekindling my love for the outdoors and swimming in the Indian ocean!
Katey Carey: I'm a junior in the Residential College studying PitE with a minor in Urban Studies. This year I'm a returning SAGE Member, as well as the student leader of SAGE's Curricular and Course Design team. I'm an alumna of the University's Semester in Detroit program (Winter 2014 cohort) and I'm also the Recruitment Coordinator for SiD. During my time spent in Detroit, I tutored and developed community-based lesson plans and service projects with Detroit youth at Detroit Cristo Rey High School through my SiD internship with Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit. I've served as a peer-mentor for CEAL's Engelhardt Fellows program and I'm part of the student planning committee for the University's Tri-Campus Student Summit that will take place during the winter 2016 semester. I'm also a Graham Sustainability Scholar. I enjoy hiking, trail running, writing, sharing stories and traveling. In my future, I want to be an educator and/or a wilderness therapist. I also want to make community-based learning and engagement work part of my life long-term.
Jeane Em Dubose: I'm a Chicago native and a junior in the LS&A. I'm majoring in History with a focus on medical history and minoring in Community Action and Social Change. I'm currently developing my honors thesis which focuses on the eugenics age in Michigan and the relationship between mental health and gender. I would like to eventually attend graduate school and receive a dual degree in public health and divinity. Ultimately, I want to lead a public-health/mental-health national non profit. This is my first year participating in SAGE and I'm so excited. I currently work at Palmer Commons and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. I am an alumna of the Michigan Community Scholars Program.
Lello Guluman: I am a Junior in the College of Literature Science and the Arts studying International Studies and Program in the Environment. My focus is on Global Health & the Environment in African countries. I would like to pursue a career in public health as it is developing as one of my passions but I'm also interested in research, engaged learning, diversity, inclusion, and justice. I am a part of African Students Association, Amala Dance Group, Graham Sustainability Scholars, and an alumna of Michigan Community Scholars Program. One of my short-term goals is to go to Ethiopia next summer, and a long-term goal is to figure out my next steps after graduation.
Hadiya Williams: I am an undecided LS&A Sophomore but my interests lie in Political Science, English and African American Studies. I have a genuine passion for advocacy and education of social issues such as race, gender, and education equality. I work at Trotter Multicultural Center as a consultant for “A New Trotter”. I dedicate a lot of my free time to a student organization called “PILOT”, which focuses on leadership development. With PILOT, I’ve been able to reach communities outside of campus and help high schoolers (majority first generation students) not only get accepted to the University of Michigan, but attend this university. My dream is to attend Law school and help people/communities around the world!