Community Service and Civic Engagement Awards 2017

The Community Service and Civic Engagement Awards are given in recognition of student organizations, undergraduate and graduate students who have given dedicated service to others that is substantial in breadth, quality and time commitment. The honoree’s service has resulted in a substantive and positive community impact. The honorees excel not only in the areas of leadership and scholarship, but also apply abilities in innovative ways to improve the lives of others and demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion. The service recognized has impacted the campus, local, national and/or international communities.

First Year - Nina Quach

Nina Quach

Nina Quach is our First-Year Student recipient. Performing community service has had a great impact on both the animal community Nina serves and herself. To be a part of several organizations helping animals is a very rewarding cause, especially for Mercer Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless, where Nina has served a significant portion of her time. There is a very large homeless pet population, and it is inspiring to note that Nina not only helps out homeless animals, but also the homeless community by making sure their pets are cared for.

Other places she has volunteered are: 3R Rescue, where she walks, socializes, and trains dogs to get adopted; the San Jose Animal Care Center, where she helps prepare animals for surgery, performs post-operative care procedures, assembles surgical packs for surgery, and assists in examinations of incoming stray animals; the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, where she socializes with small animals; and the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, where she cared for several wild animals providing specified diets, a clean enclosure, and medication. Through her service, Nina also helped release rehabilitated patients back into the wild. Her love for animals is clear, and we celebrate her service to various efforts that support their health and wellness.

Undergraduate - Funke Aderonmu

Funke Aderonmu

Through her service, Funke Aderonmu channeled academic training, research and communication skills to effectively support organizations working to advance sustainable development and cross-cultural engagement on a global scale. Her service includes International House, where she facilitated the English language conversation class; Freedom from Hunger, where she drafted an instructional toolkit for orchestrating peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, conducted research on themed fundraisers and compiled findings into a statement of recommendations and best practices, and developed training materials for digital storytellers in preparation for pilot projects in Peru and Burkina Faso.

Funke also served as a Blum Center Poverty Alleviation Summer Fellow at Bright Green Renewable Energy, where she spent four weeks in Nairobi working on a clean energy project. In Kenya, she conducted consumer product testing research on eco-friendly cooking fuels targeting middle- and low-income communities. She also founded a blog for Bright Green and contributed digital content and articles to expand online outreach and education efforts to new users. 

Undergraduate - Ryan Borden

Ryan Borden

Ryan Borden’s service includes the chancellor's Undergraduate Advisory Board, where he meets with the interim chancellor to advise on major initiatives that impact student life and experiences at Davis, and Phi Delta Epsilon, raising money for Children's Miracle Network to provide operations and treatment for children in need at UC Davis Health. He was the BloodSource student co-director, where he ran quarterly blood drives, and volunteered as the Mind Spa wellness ambassador, for which he ran two Mind Spas on campus and provided resources to help students de-stress.

Ryan’s commitment to quality health care for underserved communities is clear. He teaches patients to live healthier and prevent diseases, volunteers at an underserved elementary school in Sacramento to teach health and nutrition, and raises awareness about preventative health as a member of Recognizing Illnesses Very Early and Responding. He supports research on vascular determinants of Alzheimer's as part of the Villablanca Laboratory. Ryan also went to Central American countries to provide primary health care to underserved communities through membership in Global Medical Brigades. This past year, he traveled to Nicaragua and co-led the brigade. 

Undergraduate - Murtaza Khan

Murtaza Khan

Murtaza Khan began volunteering at Clinica Tepati, a student-run clinic, during his freshman year. By his second year, he was elected to the pharmacy committee of the clinic. After witnessing the struggle patients in the clinic experienced to buy vital medication, he implemented the Patient Assistance Program and the Sustainable Medication Program, both of which help uninsured patients get the medication they need. In addition to his work at Clinica Tepati, Murtaza is the founder and president of the Narrative Pre-Health Club where he created Pre-Health Student Stories, the nation’s first journal of narrative medicine at the undergraduate level.

Graduate - Marsha Alisudjana

Marsha Alisudjana

As a student teacher at Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School, Marsha Alisudjana, the graduate student recipient, served students not naturally motivated to learn—those who claimed to hate math, and who might not be as well behaved. She hoped the comments she wrote on tests, encouragements, and efforts had an impact on those students. As a member of the Student California Teachers Association, she was able to spread knowledge on education best practices and share resources, including sponsored conferences and scholarships, with students at UC Davis and all over the state. With the hope of creating a world where people are kind and supportive of one another, she aspires to continue working with and for her community. She is excited to make this change through teaching math in the future.

Registered Student Organization - Clinica Tepati

Clinica Tepati

Clinica Tepati operates through efforts of an all-volunteer staff with health professionals at various steps of their careers. Founded by a group of undergraduate and medical students in 1974, Clinica Tepati has supported the uninsured, underserved, and underrepresented population of Sacramento for the past 43 years. The clinic emerged out of the Chicano Movement of the 1970s, when students witnessed health disparities among migrant farmworkers around the Sacramento area and organized to serve their community.

To this day, Clinica Tepati thrives under a three-part mission statement of health care service to the community, education, and advocacy. As the state of healthcare policy continues to be in flux, Clinica Tepati remains a safety net for those who cannot access primary care. The clinic is free of charge and provides culturally humble, equitable healthcare for all. Patients are not only grateful for the care they receive, but also the empathy, dedication and competence of the passionate staff. While service is the main component of the clinic, education is equally pronounced, empowering patients to better care for and manage their health.