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Please view the descriptions of the service projects down below!

C.A.R.N.A.L.

Group Members:

Alejandro Anguiano and Jose Alcantara

Description:

Our project aims to acknowledge the challenges that first generation Latino male students face in higher education. Our goal is to create a support system in which this specific group of students can come together and feel welcome. Recent studies have shown that the number of male Latinos graduating is significantly lower than that of other races. In addition, when compared to the female Latino population it is evident that the number of males graduating from higher education is a lot lower than it could be.

            Our project involves not only students but also a group of staff and dedicated faculty. As of right now we have Professor Peshkoff, Oscar and Augustine working alongside us. We have 8 active student members and approx. 18 students on our email list who are classified as expressed interest. At this point we are focusing on ways to empower our students and prove to them that they belong in higher education as first generation students. We plan to achieve this by creating several bonding events and discussions in which we will also incorporate and celebrate our cultures. Professor Peshkoff has volunteered to lead discussions around our culture and its history, while Oscar and Augustine are leading the bonding as well as the academic aspects of this project. As the students Alejandro and I are working on planning upcoming events and establishing long term connections with the rest of our student group.

Hawk Swap

Group Members:

Felicia Martinez, Sonia Leca, and Katherine Mendoza

Description:

We intend to help provide access to new or gently used clothing on campus to students in need. To do this, we must rely on a donation based “swap” system from staff, students, and possibly off-campus organizations. Our intentions are also to become an established organization with a space on campus that is possibly under the Equity Center or combined with the Hawk Spot. Our major intention is to have this “project” become permanently established at CRC in hopes to provide to the students in need. Our goal is to collaborate and combine the other necessity-based organizations to provide food, clothing, and shelter under one collaborative organization.

GOALS                                               

  • Establish a point system (To encourage students to “swap” clothing rather than just taking clothes if they are able to do so)
  • Create a Google form to keep track of students
  • Obtain space to hold clothing
  • Advertisement of the Hawk Swap
    • Mass e-mail, flyers/poster, class presentations
  • Set up our events on an established schedule
  • Collaborate with Homes for Hawks and the Hawk Spot to become a combined establishment for necessities- food, clothing, shelter
  • Encourage students to donate

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Hawk Talks

Group Members:

Anastacia Dobson Bell, Chris Adams, and Jun Li

Description:

  1. Concept
    1. Create a series of media content, which include video footage, radio/podcast content, written material (such as a newsletter or online blog), and more.
    2. Media, art, and entertainment is arguably the biggest industry in the world and this is especially so given the prevalence of social media.
  2. Goal
    1. To connect with our student body in a way that they can receive based on a cultural and generational approach.
    2. To help bridge the gap between students, staff, faculty, administration, and the community with the goal of encouraging further accessibility, access to valuable resources, and forming social, professional, and educational relationships.
    3. To help our campus and community grow stronger and more secure in our ability to succeed as individuals and a whole when we are able to connect with one another.

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Homes For Hawks

 

Logo for service project, "Homes for Hawks"

 

Group Members:

Malisha Blakes, Jonathan Leong, Bryan Mai

Background and Mission
Housing insecurity poses a challenge to all college students and their ability to perform academically. Housing alone equates for the largest expense an individual can accumulate in the course of their life. With California’s high housing costs, rising rental rates, and a lack of streamlined support services, students often find themselves having to prioritize their financial commitments over their academics.

As a college campus, our commitment is to our students. Homes for Hawks aims to be the bridge between campus faculty and the community, in assisting our students with access to affordable housing options and services.

Goals

  • Survey student sentiment towards current housing situations
  • Implement effective methods to deal with student housing insecurities and concerns
  • Raise awareness on-campus and in the community about student housing concerns
  • Establish a physical prescience on CRC’s campus and website
  • Establish a streamlined student equity service that addresses the basic needs of students

SPEAK

Group Members:

Graciela Castañeda and Emilia Murillo

Description:

For our service project, we will be partnering up with S.P.E.A.K, a student organization at UCD, to potentially branch onto or campus. S.P.E.A.K. stands for Scholars Promoting Education Awareness and Knowledge. Our purpose with this student-run organization/club is to promote awareness throughout our campus about our UndouScholars, Immigrants, and Mixed-status student population. Alongside UCD S.P.E.A.K. and our CRC Dream Center we would create an extra support system for our students. The club would allow and provide our students within an atmosphere where they can feel welcome and save and potentially create a sense of community and family.

Take it Easy

Group Members:

Megha Khanna, Abigayle Neria and Kimberly Lesieur

Description:

Everyone knows that college can be a stressful time for students transferring from high school or returning back after being in the workforce. The purpose of this project is to help CRC students relieve and manage their stress, by attempting to provide services during the school year and especially during stressful times such as midterms and finals. In order to figure out the students’ needs, we started an informal research by talking to several students amongst various age groups around campus, in which we learned that students would prefer having fun events to de-stress. Based on the research conducted, we are planning to have enjoyable/relaxing interactive activities that can help students to relieve their stress. Some events will include bringing dogs on campus (that we plan to have around March), having an art and music therapy day, and guided meditation. Along with fun activities, we plan to have seminars that would help students and staff members to become more aware of stressors and how to deal with them effectively. We are hoping to collaborate and discuss with different professors, counselors, and other faculty that can provide us their expertise as well as resources in regards to stress relief. We are working with the UNITE program over at ARC, in contacting and getting the service dogs needed for our “Paws (Pause) & Paints day. The budget intended for this project (as of now) would be used towards art supplies, decorations, and flyers. 

Unity Day

Group Members:

Sahl Kazi

Description:

Unity Day is intended to be an annual event that is open to all CRC students and facilitated by CRC Peer Mentors as well as CRC professors and counselors. CRC’s first Unity Day is set to take place on April 5th, 2019 in WINN 150, from 10:00 am-3:30 pm. This event is a day-long, self-contained experience; all participants must be registered to attend and enjoy a powerful, impactful and moving event, in which snacks and lunch will be provided. The purpose of this event is to break down the walls that divide us and to ultimately become unified as a community. With help from the Culture Competence & Equity Committee, along with the Club & Events Board, the day-long event will be filled with sensitive and open-minded activities. The students will participate in hopes of exploring themselves and others, comforting one another, gaining new perspectives and increasing understanding amongst each other. Concepts such as mental wellness, self-awareness, tolerance, inclusion, and self/communal growth will be advocated and practiced. These concepts will appear through activities such as guest speakers, open-mic discussions, and most importantly, interactive and engaging tasks that are to be completed in the form of teams. All participants should leave this event feeling rejuvenated and holding a refreshed awareness of their own strengths, along with the strengths they hold as a unified community.