Civic Engagement Coffee Chats

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As part of its 20th Anniversary Celebration, UCSC will be hosting Civic Engagement Coffee Chats during the school year for students to learn about the various academic and career pathways that UCSC and Office of Civic Engagement staff have taken, enabling them to use staff as a resource and sounding board in their community engagement endeavors. UCSC hopes students will gain inspiration, new insights, and perspectives in their conversations with staff that will inform their own paths.

For the fall quarter, these informal conversations about education and career choices leading to lifelong service will be held Weeks 4, 6, 8, from 2-4pm, in UCSC's conference room (5525 S. Ellis Ave. Suite 160 - ground floor of the 55th and Ellis parking garage; between Campus North and the Ratner Athletic Center). Come drop by for a chat, enjoy a cup of coffee and some snacks!

Week 8: Thursday, Novmeber 17th, 2-4pm, Coffee Chat Guests

Bridgette Davis, UCSC Advisory Board member, PhD candidate at SSA - Bridgette is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago School of Social Administration. She is a Teach For America Alum and has taught and led for ten years in middle and high schools in Atlanta and Chicago. She currently volunteers for KIPP Bloom College Prep, the Perry Ave Community Farm, supports 40 first-generation college students in their pursuit of their degrees as a program director for One Goal, interns at Care 2 Prevent, and works for the Chicago Consortium on School Research. Bridgette earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and English from Simpson College in 2003 and she is a current Point Foundation Scholar. 

Michael Harries, UCSC Advisory Board member, Pritzker School of Medicine - Michael is a second-year medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. While a first-year medical student, Michael served as the President of REMEDY, a group focused on providing cancer screening to women in Peru, founded Citizen Physicians, a group dedicated to increasing citizen engagement amongst medical personnel and served on the University of Chicago Charter Schools Health and Wellness Committee. Before attending medical school, Michael taught 9th grade physics at Urban Prep Academy - West Campus in Chicago. While a teacher he co- founded Teachers Supporting Teachers, an education non-profit organization devoted to increasing teacher retention rates by providing teachers with the support they need to succeed. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology-Neuroscience and received his Masters degree in the Art of Teaching from Dominican University in 2015. 

Nika Levando, OCE Associate Director, Neighborhood Initiatives - Nika leads and manages arts and culture initiatives that seek to catalyze neighborhood reinvestment and strengthen partnerships with University departments and institutes, local community organizations, art institutions, and neighborhood partners. Nika joined the University in 2013, after working at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Practices. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Nika also serves on the Board of Directors for the Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.