Center for Community Learning


    Meet Shayne Walton, Student Advisory Board Member for CCL
Shayne is a graduating 3rd year at UCLA. She study Political Science with a minor in Civic Engagement. Throughout her time at UCLA, she interned at PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) for a year and a half through the Center for Community Learning. She currently is the Civic Engagement Minor Student Ambassador and is passionate about encouraging other students to get involved in the many communities of Los Angeles.

"During my first year at UCLA, I kept trying to find a way to work within the greater Los Angeles community. There were a lot of surface level opportunities around campus, but nothing ever seemed like the right fit. During fall quarter of my sophomore year, I took Civic Engagement 50SL and 100SL. It immediately felt like these classes helped me perfectly connect higher-level academic theories to service work. From these service learning courses, I started to intern at local organizations such as People Assisting the Homeless (PATH). Working at PATH was an incredible experience for me. I learned so many skills from the incredible development team. We worked to improve outreach, volunteer/client satisfaction, and house as many people as possible. I'm excited to use the experience of the minor working as a teacher in an underserved school district of New York through Teach For America."

    Meet Jesse Flores, Student Advisory Board Member for CCL
Jesse is a fourth year Geography major, involved in Residential Life as a Resident Assistant and the Healthy Campus Initiative and Center for Community Learning as liaisons for the Hill. Through the Center for Community Learning's Astin Scholars program, Jesse has been engaged in service learning for over a year and a half with Kindred Spirits Care Farm, a nonprofit that works to promote healing, education, and a sense of community via care farming.

"What motivates me to engage in Los Angeles are the stories that I hear from those Angelenos whom I collaborate with in working to achieve social justice. When I leave myself open to learn from community members and hear what experiences they have to share, I receive a better understanding of the inequities that exist in and around the city. It is this storytelling that I seek when engaging in diverse communities, such as John R. Wooden High School, whom I collaborate with in maintaining a school farm via the nonprofit, Kindred Spirits Care Farm. At Wooden High School, I farm and learn alongside continuation students whose conversations keep me learning how to better help communities as an activist. Through my grassroots work with nonprofits across Los Angeles such as Kindred Spirits, I hope to learn how to implement policies that meet the needs of those whom have historically been oppressed."

    Meet Maya Ram, Student Advisory Board Member for CCL
Maya is a third-year World Arts and Cultures major and Public Health minor. She is involved with UCLA Alternative Breaks, which engages in service-learning immersive experiences during spring break.Through this program, she has spent her last two spring breaks in San Francisco expanding her perspective on the social determinants of health and healthcare access in under-resourced communities. Maya also serves as a GRIT Peer Coach through the Bruin Resource Center, a Volunteer Center Fellow, and does mentorship and research with the Art & Global Health Center.

"While exploring my passions, I have found a deep interest in sexual health and reproductive rights. My work inside and outside the classroom has shown me that youth are key to changing the common cultural narratives on the complex, inter-sectional, and urgent topics. Working with youth in LAUSD has been my greatest educational experience at UCLA. I learn from their narratives, I am constantly challenged to be aware of my privilege and position, and I live for dialogues with youth that lead to new understanding. I engage because it is an opportunity for me to step outside of the UCLA bubble and participate in conversations I wish I was having about sexual health in high school. Working with youth motivates me to listen to perspectives that are different than mine and value the learning process."

    Meet Celeste Romano, Student Advisory Board Member for CCL
Celeste Romano is a fourth year Human Biology and Society Major with Public Health and Latin American Studies Minors. She serves as the Co-Executive Director of Project Literacy and the Assistant Commissioner of the Community Service Commission, in each role forging relationships between the campus and greater Los Angeles community. Through the Center for Community Learning, Celeste developed a seminar course titled "Power, Privilege, and Perspectives: Examining the Dynamics of Community Service in Los Angeles," which she will teach in Spring 2017.

"I have been involved in service activities for the majority of my life, but it was only after arriving at UCLA that I began to critically consider the purpose and impact of service. I realized that my experiences working with the community provided me with a broader worldview, one that complemented classroom studies while challenging me to understand the depth of structural inequities. Traditionally service is understood as a way of giving back to the community; I engage in Los Angeles because I see service as a partnership. When I work with children and adults through Project Literacy, the line between tutor and learner, volunteer and community partner, blurs, and we become friends--equal stakeholders in a global community."