Hi, my name is Natalie Hernandez, and I am a first generation Guatemalan-American student and I am excited to learn about perspectives other than my own. I am a student at the University of San Diego. I have a passion for social justice and I love to travel. I recently traveled to Cuba, where I discovered my interest in salsa and political philosophy! This summer I will be joining the work of Genesis and look forward to living in the Alameda Point Collaborative community.
Josefina Jaramillo Munguia
My name is Josefina Jaramillo Munguia, but you my friends can call me Jose. I was raised on both sides of the US-Mexico border so you bet I cheer for both national teams at the World Cup. I am constantly working to become a more compassionate, curious and intentional individual. I am also an advocate for immigrant justice and a firm believer in the power of laughter. I am a student at the University of San Diego. This summer I will be joining the work of Saint Mary’s Center and look forward to living in the Alameda Point Collaborative community.
My name is Ericka Lacsamana and I'm a very energetic and smiley hugger. I love people whether it be working, helping or just getting to know them, especially if there's boba it's a happy time. I love to sing as well because I believe music adds a spice to life. I am a student at Saint Mary’s College of California. This summer I will be joining the work of Saint Anthony’s Foundation and look forward to living in the Alameda Point Collaborative community.
My name is Amy Maltz and I am a current junior at the University of San Diego studying Ethnic Studies with a double minor in Theology and Gender Studies. I love to read, learn and meet new people! I can't wait to grow and experience all that the MICAH summer Fellowship has to offer. This summer I will be joining the work of Coaching Corps and look forward to living in the Alameda Point Collaborative community.
My name is Genesis Manyari. I'm a Justice, Community, and Leadership major, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies at Saint Mary’s. I am a proud Latinx from San Francisco. I am passionate about social justice and female empowerment, I believe in the good of humanity and think we can rise up to create a better world for ourselves. This summer I will be joining the work of the Alameda Point Collaborative children and teen center and look forward to living in the Alameda Point Collaborative community.
My name is Leora Mosman and I am a rising senior at Saint Mary's College studying Politics with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. I am a Resident Advisor for first year students and I work for our Mission and Ministry Center as the coordinator for our on-campus food pantry. Speaking truth to power both terrifies and thrills me the most; I thrive off of all things activism and cannot wait to get the MICAH experience this summer! This summer I will be joining the work of Catholic Charities of the East Bay and look forward to living in the Alameda Point Collaborative community.
My name is Brianna Nielson, and I am a third year student at Saint Mary's majoring in biology, minoring in psychology, and heavily involved in both CILSA and the Honors Program. During my time at Saint Mary’s, I have sought out every opportunity I can find to integrate social justice into my studies--which is why I am so excited to be a MICAH Fellow this summer! This summer I will be joining the work of the Alameda Point Collaborative children and teen center and look forward to living in the Alameda Point Collaborative community.
My name is Janaye Perry and I am a passionate, loving and love service work. I love to have fun, and I enjoy people, the sun, veggies, good music and even better company. I am a student at the University of San Diego. This summer I will be joining the work of the Alameda Point Collaborative Farm2Market Program and look forward to living in the Alameda Point Collaborative community.
My name is Kimberly Riveros, I was born and raised in San Diego, but also spent a lot of my childhood in Mexico City. I am currently a sophomore at the University of San Diego double majoring in Sociology (with a focus on crime) and Psychology. I love the city life, going to coffee shops, and shopping. I am happiest when I am surrounded by people that I love and when I am singing and dancing. This summer I will be joining the work of the Unity Council and look forward to living in the Alameda Point Collaborative community.
My name is Daniella Santana and I am a rising Senior at Saint Mary's College, studying Psychology with a minor in Spanish. I am a first generation student oldest of four and originally from Tracy, California. I love being involved at Saint Mary's in many different areas like, student organizations, the Associated Students and much more! I am excited and thankful for this amazing opportunity. This summer I will be joining the work of the Saint Anthony’s Foundation and look forward to living in the Alameda Point Collaborative community.
My name is Alexandra Short and I am a rising Senior at Saint Mary’s College studying Social Psychology and History. I’m fascinated with how people interact and how in turn how we can make the world a kinder place through social justice and intentionality. I love my family and friends and I enjoy learning, laughing and being outdoors! This summer I will be joining the work of the Alameda Point Collaborative Farm2Market Program and look forward to living in the Alameda Point Collaborative community.
My name is Indira Galvez Guzman and I am an International Relations major minoring in French at the University of San Diego. I plan to graduate in December 2017. I have triple citizenship; I am Bolivian, American, and Peruvian. I am passionate about social justice and I hope to obtain my Ph.D. someday. My hobbies include listening to music, watching TV, and reading fiction. This summer I will be joining the work of Bayview / Hunter’s Point Community Legal and look forward to living in the Alameda Point Collaborative community.
My name is Jacob Turnrose, I am currently a junior at SMC working towards a major in politics and a double minor in Sociology and Theology and Religious Studies. At my time at Saint Marys, I have been heavily involved in The Collegian, our student-run newspaper. I am the current Culture Section Editor. In addition, I am passionate about social justice, vegetarianism, and vinyl records among other things.
I am my own favorite comedian! I am a compassionate and loving person who has a really big heart. I refer to my brain as a library of tid-bits of information about a ton of different, often non-relevant things.
My name is Debby Romero. I am a third year at the University of San Diego, double majoring in Spanish and Sociology. I am from Anaheim, CA but have roots in Toluca, Estado de Mexico. I have a big heart, but an even bigger family that inspires me each and everyday be compassionate and critical.
My name is Samantha Samson and I am majoring in Global and Regional Studies (something like international relations) with hopes to earn a concentration in social justice at Saint Mary's College of California. I am Bay Area born and raised. Sunny days beach trips, good food, and my dog make me the happiest, but so does knowing I have the potential to leave a positive impact on others.
My name is Maddie Yocum, and I am a rising Senior at Saint Mary's College, studying Politics with a minor in Economics. I am on the pre-law track and hope to one day pursue non-profit law. I am heavily involved in the community at SMC as a part of CILSA, the Associated Students, and a Resident Advisor. I find I am at my best when I am serving others. I seek out meaningful experiences and intentional connections, which is what brought me to the Micah Program. I cannot wait for all that God has in store for me this summer, and am so thankful for the opportunity I have to continue to love on His people.
My name is Abreal Simmons and I am a junior at St. Mary's College of California. Social Justice is one of my passions and I look forward to the MICAH experience!
I am currently a sophomore at the University of San Diego working towards a double major in Economics and Philosophy. I'm a lover of people, music, and being outdoors.
Jawara "Duce" Mills
I'm a hip hop head and an aspiring hip hop artist. I love music, I love to laugh and I'm excited!
My motivation in life comes from the hope that one day I can positively impact the lives of others. I am an Allied Heath major hoping to help people through my love of science and health. I love talking with people, hearing their stories, and finding something to laugh about.
My name is Jocelyne, also known as Jashy by friends. I was born in the US but raised in Mexico with a binational upbringing in the borderlands of Sonora and Arizona. I am passionate about social justice and I love engaging with new communities and exchanging stories and experiences.
My name is Serena DeTorres, and I am a second year student at Saint Mary's College studying Justice, Community, and Leadership with a concentration in Leadership for Social Justice. I love to dance, sing, promote social justice, and make people happy. With everything I do, I make sure that it contributes to my core value of implementing meaningful work.
I am a Junior at USD majoring in English and minoring in Theology and Religious Studies. I am a student leader in University Ministry, and care deeply about the values of Spirituality and Social Justice. Through University Ministry I have been fortunate enough to have my worldview widened by immersion experiences in Tijuana, Mexico, and am concerned about changing the perception of border and immigration issues. I love to read, travel, surf, play basketball, and try exotic cuisines. I recently studied abroad with Semester at Sea, and am hoping to teach internationally after I graduate.
Where are they now: Ardi graduated from SMC in the spring of 2016 and shortly thereafter was hired by SMC to be an Admissions Counselor.
I am Ardi Samonte. I am a 5'11'', filipino male that has a big heart to serve others. I love photography, videography, making music, being active, and making an impact on peoples lives. At the end of the day, if I was able to put a smile on someone's face, that puts a smile on mine.
With the foundation of Micah 6:8 as our principle statement, I can honestly say that I learned in a two month intensive fellowship how to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly.
C. Kim Sierra
Where are they now: Kim graduated from USD in the spring of 2016 and is now serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Alameda Point Collaborative and SMC.
Kim is currently a student at the University of San Diego working towards an International Business Major and a double Minor in French and Leadership with a Non-Profit Management certificate. She loves to travel and experience new cultures and recently studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence to improve her French. She is passionate about social justice issues and one of her favorite things to do is visit Southwest Key, an immigrant youth shelter, to do activities and share stories with the children.
Where are they now: Suze graduated from SMC in the spring of 2016 and is currently living and serving in Minneapolis, MN as a Lasallian Volunteer.
Hi, my name is Suzanne Denson and I am currently a junior, Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance. While at Saint Mary’s I have enjoyed a lot of amazing volunteer opportunities through Janterm, the Lasallian and Santiago Living learning communities, and CILSA’s Saturday of Service. I am looking forward to spending this summer with an incredible community of SMC and USD students as a part of the Summer Fellowship Program. One of my favorite quotes is from Mother Teresa, “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
Being a part of the MICAH Summer Fellowship has been truly a transformative experience for me.
Where are they now: Dimitri is a senior at SMC and is continuing his Psychology studies. He is a Resident Advisor for the Santiago Living/Learning community on campus.
I am a very focused and driven individual. I strive to do my best in all areas of life and don't settle for mediocrity. I am also an avid sports fanatic. Go Yankees!
Where are they now: Kelly is now the full time "Changemaker Teacher" at the San Diego Collaborative Charter School - A USD Partner.
Kelly Lonergan is a recent USD graduate, where she studied English Literature and was a student leader in the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness, and Social Action. She is an avid reader and writer, a lover of yoga and English Breakfast tea, and is 22 years into her lifelong quest to find the perfect cup of hot chocolate.
Where are they now: Sam is now a senior at USD. He is an active leader in USD's Outdoor aAdventures Programs and is one of the Co-Directors in the Mulvaney Center.
I am someone who is concerned about environmentalism and food justice. I believe in love and having fun, and that anyone can find freedom wherever they are at any time.
Where are they now: Madison went on to win USD's Woman of Impact award in 2015 and is now a senior at USD.
I am a sophomore originally from a big family in Minnesota. I am studying Visual Arts and Art History, and love the way that art allows us to explore ourselves and our surroundings in an experiential way. I'm so excited to be a MICAH fellow, and am most looking forward to exploring how to build a sense of community in which people are free to exist as authentic versions of themselves.
Where are they now: Ryan is now a junior at SMC and is continuing his Integral Studies Program. He is a team leader in CILSA's Jumpstart Program.
My name is Ryan Villegas. I went to Damien High School in Southern California and I am currently a freshman in the Integral Program at St. Mary's College of California. Attending St. Mary's was an amazing decision because it helped me realize the value of community and how I can make a positive impact in the community. I'm grateful for the Lasallian core values that embody St. Mary's values, which greatly influenced my decision to serve through MICAH during the summer of 2015.
Where are they now: Tara is no a senior at SMC and is continuing her Psychology studies. She is a Engaged Learning Facilitator for CILSA.
My name is Tara Chacko. I am a sophomore at St. Mary's College and have a passion for social justice. I am friendly person and love getting to know people.
Where are they now: Zayra is a senior at SMC and is continuing her Politics Studies. In the summer of 2016 she spent a month living and serving at Maranyundo Girls School in Nyamata, Rwanda. Zayra is currently practicing her leadership capacities as a Senior Intern for CILSA's Social Action Leadership Team (SALT).
Hello, my name is Zayra Rivera and I am currently a first generation student at Saint Mary’s College of California, class of 2017. I am also highly connected to my hispanic heritage due to being born and raised on the east side of San Jose, California. Even as a young girl, I have always been passionate about education because of my upbringing and family values. As a Politics major with a minor in Spanish, I hope to pursue a career related to social justice in the future.
Where are they now: Eddie is now a senior at USD and is continuing his studies in Sociology. He is also working with USD's Ethnic Studies Department actively bringing awareness the Dakota Access Pipeline issue happening in Standing Rock, North Dakota.
Orange County born and raised, Eduardo Cervantes is a compassionate people person with a strong desire to help. Having endured many grave hardships throughout his journey from childhood into young adulthood, Eduardo is equipped with patience and perseverance. Still growing and developing as a leader, he is a passionate and creative individual with a willingness to learn and a thirst for knowledge.
Where are they now: Nance is a Co-Director in the Mulvaney Center at USD and has just recently completed the LSAT.
Nancy Sandoval is a sophomore at the University of San Diego and is majoring in Political Science and Spanish. She is passionate and dedicated to community involvement and looks forward to exploring how to implement the law to solve social injustices. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and spending time with family and friends.