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Community Engaged Leaders

Class of 2023


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Gillian Lasher '23
Email: g_lasher@ColoradoCollege.edu

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Major: Undecided

Bio: I am from Fort Collins, CO, which is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With Pikes Peak right in our campus' backyard, coming to CC was a natural decision. Growing up in such a beautiful state has fueled my passion to build a career in sustainable, community-based development. My primary goal is to work with nonprofits that are focused on addressing environmental issues while creating authentic community relationships. I have loved exploring this interest through my current involvement with the Office of Sustainability and BreakOut, and with a few Fort Collins-based nonprofits in the past, such as Trees, Water & People. I love listening to music, singing in Chamber Chorus, taking spontaneous adventures, and rock climbing with my friends. I am wholly invested in living a fulfilling and well-balanced life alongside people and communities I love; I am so glad to have found such a home in the CCE.

 

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Caleb Richards '23
Email: c_richards@ColoradoCollege.edu

Hometown: Shawnee, OK
Major: Undecided

Bio: My name is Caleb Richards. I was born and raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma but now live in Colorado Springs. I am currently undeclared, but am pursuing an IDM in Intermedial Storytelling. If the IDM falls through, I intend to pursue a degree in english with a focus on creative writing. I'm considering a minor in either Spanish or music. I transferred from Boston Conservatory to Colorado College my sophomore year. I've been drawn to community service since high school, so I joined the CEL program as soon as I could. Through the CEL program, I hope to work with youth in my practiced fields of art in order to help them find and hone their artistic voice and use their that use as a means of personal expression.

 

 

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Maddi Schink '23
Email: m_schink@ColoradoCollege.edu

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Major: Undecided

Bio: Hello! My name is Maddi Schink, and I am from Fort Collins, Colorado. I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking and backpacking, as well as pass my time reading, running and playing basketball. I am also a certified yoga instructor (I teach classes at CC!). I was introduced to service in high school when I helped organize a food pantry at my high school. I became passionate about issues of food security, and since then, have loved partnering with food banks and community food justice projects. After attending Conserve School (a semester program for environmental sciences) during my junior year, I also began to connect my academic interests with community engagement and have since sought ways to advocate for and participate in sustainability initiatives. I hope to connect further with the Colorado Springs community through local organizations and policymakers to prepare me for my dream job in the nonprofit sector!

 

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Lindsey H Smith '23
Email: lh_smith@ColoradoCollege.edu

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Major: Undecided

Bio: My name is Lindsey, and I am from Colorado Springs. My experience within the Colorado Springs community includes volunteering in the OR and Rehab Unit at Penrose Hospital, prepping and serving meals at the Marian House, and helping at other organizations and events including the JDRF One Walk, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Colorado Springs Rescue Mission, Concrete Coyote, Family Promise, Care and Share, Pikes Peak Library District, and Meadows Park Community Center. My personal interests consist of skateboarding, playing the piano, and playing video games. I am thinking about majoring in Neuroscience and am on the pre-med track. I am extremely grateful to be able to join the CEL Program and cannot wait to further engage within the community!

Class of 2024

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Michael Braithwaite '24
Email: m_braithwaite@ColoradoCollege.edu

Hometown: Dover, MA
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Bio: Hi! I'm Michael and I hail from Dover, Massachusetts - about 45 minutes outside Boston. In high school, I was an officer of the Pine Street club, where I helped organize a group of students to go into Boston at 5 am on Friday mornings (before school!) and serve breakfast at the Pine Street Inn, Boston's largest emergency homeless shelter. From this experience, I gained a lot of awareness about my standing in society and an inspiration to give back to the community wherever and whenever I can! A little bit about me is that I generally just love the outdoors, but specifically I am an avid hiker and love photographing all the amazing natural landscapes that we have here in Colorado. I am incredibly excited to be part of the CEL program at CC and am looking forward to getting involved in the Colorado Springs community! 

 

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Email: e_weprin@ColoradoCollege.edu

Hometown: Denver, CO
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Bio: I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and I have always been passionate about social justice and community service. As the daughter of a teacher, I have always been around a culture of learning and service. At home, I served on a grant board that funded non-profits, worked as a camp counselor for a refugee resettlement organization, established clubs for young girls in transitional housing communities, and engaged with various non-profits through my temple. At CC I have become involved with different cohorts, such as The Immigrant and Refugee Coalition and the K-12 Education Coalition, and I can’t wait to continue engagement in the springs. I love to dance, go on bike rides, spend time with friends and family, and explore new foods!

 

Class of 2025

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Kenza Zakarya '25
Email: k_zakarya@ColoradoCollege.edu

Hometown: Morocco
Major: Undecided

Bio: Hi everyone!  My name is Kenza Zakarya. I am a first-year, winter-start student from Morocco. I lived for some time in Jordan too. I am still undecided but thinking about majoring in mathematical economics. Back in Morocco and Jordan, I have been involved in a lot of youth organizing and programming work. especially ones that tackle youth leadership and their involvement in entrepreneurship. I also started a social entrepreneurial journey back in Morocco that lasted for 3 years. I hope to continue this work in CC and I am very excited to be part of the Community Engagement Leaders team and advance its vision of bringing together effective members of the community who care about social justice and equity. I really love hiking, traveling, crocheting, and being around people. Very excited to work with you all!

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