Community Service and Civic Engagement Awards 2018

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 - Tyler Rho

Tyler Rho with Chancellor May

As a member of Homeless Outreach through Prevention and Education and founder of the nonprofit organization, Swaddles for Sweethearts, Tyler has and hopes to continue to always prioritize the needs of her community, wherever she may be at the time. In 2010, she founded Swaddles for Sweethearts, a non-profit organization that donates blankets and nursing pads for premature babies. Upon arriving at Davis, she joined HOPE, a homeless outreach club that strives to create sustainable change by providing the homeless and low-income community with educational and emotional support. She hopes to dedicate her life to taking care of others by practicing medicine and using her experiences to connect with and grow alongside her community.

Undergraduate - Jennifer La

Jennifer La with Chancellor May

As the head of the pharmacy of Willow Clinic, a student-run clinic that serves the homeless population of Sacramento, Jennifer educates clinic members on drug information and patients on diabetes, nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, social services and more. In addition, her research has ranged from understanding the ways poverty affects children's physical and mental health to the ways social support affects children's stress. By incorporating social aspects of health into health care, she uses her curiosity and knowledge toward implementing programs to reduce health care disparities within her community, such as helping homeless patients enroll for Medi-Cal, counseling them through motivational interviewing, and connecting them to other resources that may not be readily accessible to them.

Undergraduate - Samantha Mong

Samantha Mong with Chancellor May

Samantha has been involved in various organizations for community services, ranging from translating for the underserved Asian population in a student-run clinic and volunteering in hospitals, to caring for children, college students and elderly in the local church she attends.  Samantha hopes to integrate her Christian belief with her career goal, and desires to spread the love in her community, specifically in the healthcare field where she sets her career choice in the future.

Undergraduate - Eori Tokunaga

Working as a research assistant for the Child and Adolescent Abuse Resource and Evaluation Center (CAARE) has been an important part of Eori Tokunaga’s educational experiences outside of the classroom at UC Davis. Taking the theories that she has learned throughout her courses and combining them with her experiences working with marginalized communities on campus, she is better able to use her critical analysis skills in a research setting and create plans with the team at CAARE to present her own research poster. Of the several research experiences that she has had, CAARE has been one of the most influential spaces she has been in that has further empowered her to pursue my goals in the field of social welfare.

Graduate - Nazeela Awan

Nazeela Awan with Chancellor May

As a future primary care physician, Nazeela realizes the impact of social determinants on health and the need to build community partnerships to best serve the community, especially underserved communities. She has learned so much by working at a free student-run clinic, Shifa Clinic, as well as by establishing the Street Medicine program at UC Davis School of Medicine, Transforming Education and Community Health Track.  While building partnerships with the local community, she has also learned the need to become an advocate for marginalized groups, especially through social justice, as well as impact policies that create and perpetuate health inequities and health disparities.

Registered Student Organization - Project RISHI

Project Rishi with Chancellor May

Project Rural India Social and Health Improvement (RISHI) promotes the sustainable development and growth of rural Indian communities. They identify issues central to their target communities and provide the resources to implement solutions through extensive field research and on-campus initiatives. Along with their village population in India, they strive to make a difference on campus. Project RISHI at UC Davis collaborates with Rural Education and Action Development (READ), a nonprofit based in towns they work in. Their projects, which have been developed via the needs of the population, center on menstruation education, diabetes, income generation, coding and hygiene and sanitation.