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"CSUCI Corps had a great impact on me. The program exposed me to many things I was unaware of. The workshops we did helped me understand steps I needed to take to take care of myself mentally and physically and informed me about grad school and other opportunities. I am so grateful that I was able to be apart of a great program that allows you to make an impact on your community."
Nathalie Huerta, CSUCI '19, Liberal Studies and Mathematics

"Being part of CSUCI Corps allowed me to work alongside some amazing people who did all they could to help me succeed." Hailey Moore, CSUCI '19, Education

CSUCI Corps is a community service initiative and collaboration between the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and the Federal Work Study program and CCE community partners. The program advances community service with student leaders by providing them employment opportunities at area non-profits, schools or the CCE to meet community needs in education, literacy, mentoring and volunteer recruitment.

The primary goals of the CSUCI Corps programs are to:

  • build and support a network of community-committed students from CSUCI in their academic, civic, and professional development while increasing their community involvement in meaningful ways;
  • foster connections between the University, its students, and the community; and,
  • provide pathways for CSUCI students entering graduate school or the workforce.

To advance these goals, the CCE provides biweekly Student Success Seminars focusing on topics such as: civic and interpersonal development, graduate school, undergraduate research, and professionalism and public-speaking, as well as networking opportunities.

CSUCI Corps members must:

  • Be a current CSUCI student;
  • Attend summer orientation;
  • Attend bi-weekly Student Success Seminars on Fridays throughout the academic year;
  • Commit to working 15 - 20 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters;
  • Have at least 2 semesters left in your academic career at CSUCI and make a one-year commitment; and
  • Have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher.

Meet Our 2019-20 Corps Members

  • Rudie

    Rudie Soto

    Rudie Soto is a Junior studying Psychology with a minor in Communication and plans to graduate in May 2020. He chose CSUCI because it was close to home. He is the in his family to go to college. Rudie serves at the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo in Academic Homework Support. He believes that being involved in the community is important because it makes the community more united.

  • Jasmine

    Jasmine Ruiz

    Jasmine Ruiz is in her Junior year studying Early Childhood Studies and plans to graduate in May 2020. She chose CSUCI because it was close to home, but far enough. Jasmine is the first in her family to go to college, and she enjoys interacting with children. She intends to start her own business as a child-care provider. Jasmine serves at the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo in Academic Homework Support. She believes that it's important to stay connected with the community to spread humanity because of its nature to come together.

  • Julissa

    Julissa Espinoza

    Julissa Espinoza is a Senior studying Business and plans to graduate in May 2020. She chose CI due to the hands on experience and the support of faculty and staff for student success. Julissa is currently an America Reads Tutor at Somis Union School District and assists school aged children with their homework and reading skills. She wanted to work with school aged children because she loves being a part of their success and teaching them how to discover their potential. Julissa has a heart for service and enjoys helping others. After graduation, Julissa hopes to put her degree to use and work for a company that can help her grow. She is ultimately hoping to work at a big company who is employee driven where she can contribute her own ideas.

  • Jaymie

    Jaymie Olea

    Jaymie Olea is a Junior studying Psychology and plans to graduate in May 2021. She chose CSUCI because the Campus is small and community oriented. Jaymie is the first one in her family to attend college, and she is passionate about helping others. She intends to continue to a graduate program and to do volunteer work. She serves as an America Reads Tutor at University Preparatory School; and she believes that it's important to be involved in the community in order to get a better understanding of others and their struggles.

  • Ledi

    Ledi Salinas

    Ledi Salinas is a Senior studying Sociology and plans to graduate in May 2020. She chose CSUCI because is close to home and it was more affordable than other CSUs. Ledi is a leukemia survivor and received an allogeneic bone borrow transplant in 2015. She intends to continue to a graduate program at CSUN and work towards her career aspirations. She serves as an America Reads Tutor at University Preparatory School; she believes that it is important to be involved in the community because it makes people conscious about social issues and in the community.

  • Evelyn

    Evelyn Michelle Garcia

    Evelyn Michelle Garcia is a Junior studying Anthropology and Biology and plans to graduate in May 2021. She chose CSUCI because of the great Anthropology program and small campus. She is the first in her family to go to college. She Intends to apply to a graduate program at George Washington University and to do an internship at the Smithsonian Museums. Evelyn also plans to pursue a Ph.D. and work internationally. Evelyn serves at University Preparatory School as an America Reads Tutors. She believes in helping children to reach their potential and beyond.

  • Andreya

    Andreya Martinez

    Andreya Martinez is in her Senior year studying Performing Arts and Theater; she plans to graduate in December 2020. She chose CSUCI because of the peaceful environment and small campus. She is the first one in her family to attend a four-year institution and intends to pursue a career in acting after graduation. She serves at University Preparatory School as America Reads Tutor. She believes it is important to be involved in the community because it allows people who share the same interests to network and help those in need.
  • Xochitl

    Xochitl Ordaz

    Xochitl Ordaz is a Senior studying Business with plans to graduate in May 2020. She chose CI because of the one-on-one connections with faculty. Xochitl is serving as an America Reads Tutor at University Prep Charter School. She was drawn to this role because it gave her the opportunity to give back to her community by encouraging children to read and excel in school. She believes that it’s important to invest in the community because when you are down, you will have people to support you. After graduation, Xochitl plans to work at the city of Palmdale as an analyst for local businesses and then eventually move out to LA County to open her own roller rink and drive-in movie theater.

  • Estrella

    Estrella Organiz

    Estrella Organiz is a Senior studying Biology with plans to graduate in Fall 2019. She chose CI because she appreciated the small campus feel and the numerous resources that the campus and faculty offered her. After she graduates, Estrella plans to apply for a Masters Program in Cell and Molecular Biology. Estrella is currently an Academic Homework Support tutor at the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo. She enjoys working with young students that have a desire to learn and eventually wants to become a professor. Estrella find her role rewarding when the young students practice critical thinking to solve math problems or find a good book that they don’t want to put down.

  • Viviana

    Viviana Pimentel

    Viviana Pimentel is in her Junior year studying Biology with a minor in Chicano Studies, and she plans to graduate in May 2021. She chose CSUCI because of the home-feel atmosphere, and the campus culture. After she graduates, Viviana plans on going to Physician Assistant School outside of California. She is currently an America Reads Tutor at the Somis Union School District and helps young children to enhance their reading skills. She believes it is important to be involved in the community to provide a positive impact and to fight change and diversity.

  • Alexandra

    Alexandra Dye

    Alexandra Dye is a senior studying Early Childhood Education, and she plans to graduate in May 2020. She chose CSUCI because of the small class sizes and community atmosphere. Alexandra intends to continue to a credential program that emphasizes transitional Kindergarten. She serves at the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo in Academic Homework Support. Alexandra enjoys interacting with children at the Boys and Girls Club because it helps her grow as a person and as a future teacher.

  • Julissa Romero

    Julissa Romero

    Julissa Romero is a Junior studying Sociology and Spanish with plans to graduate in Spring 2021. She chose CSUCI because of the small campus size and proximity to her home. After she graduates, Julissa plans on to going to graduate school. Julissa serves as an America Reads Tutor at the Somis Union School District. She has many years of experience volunteering with the Somis schools and felt that the CSUCI Corps program would be a great opportunity to work with students more closely, continuing to be a positive role model for them. Julissa wants to be a social worker in the future and believes that it is important to be involved in the community to stay connected with others and help make a difference.

  • Alyssa

    Alyssa Sanchez

    Alyssa Sanchez is a Senior studying Psychology and plans to graduate in May 2020. She chose CSUCI because of the small campus size and the proximity to the beach. She serves as an America Reads Tutor at Somis Union School District; and believes that getting involved in the community can force you to be aware of different issues that are affecting others. Alyssa wants to pursue a career that involves making a difference and working with kids.

  • Langstone

    Langston Chavez

    Langston Chavez is a Senior studying History and Business; he plans to graduate in May 2021. He chose CSUCI because of the small campus size, proximity to home and to the beach. After he graduates, Lagston plans to apply to law school or an MBA program. He currently serves as an America Reads Tutor at Somis Union School District. Langston believes that being involved in the community is important because it helps people to become more conscious of community needs and issues.

  • Andrea

    Andrea Mayer

    Andrea Mayer is in her Junior year studying Chicano Studies and plans to graduate in May 2021. She chose CSUCI because of the high-quality education and learning experience the school offers. Andrea intends to continue to a graduate program that emphasizes public service and integration of Chicano Studies. Andrea serves at the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo in Academic Homework Support. She enjoys interacting with children with diverse background and ethnicities.

  • Jennifer

    Jennifer Corpus

    Jennifer Corpus is a Junior studying Psychology and plans to graduate in May 2021. She chose CSUCI because of the great campus community. After she graduates, Jennifer plans to on going to graduate school, and to work with young adults who are struggling with their mental health. Jennifer currently serves as an America Reads Tutor at University Preparatory Charter School. She believes it is important to be involved in the community in order to learn new things and to become more socially conscious.

  • Zakiyyah

    Zakiyyah Willis

    Zakiyyah Willis is in her Senior year studying Health Science. She chose CSUCI because of the small campus feel and the abundant opportunities it offers. Zakiyyah has plans to graduate in May 2020 and engage in more research as well as go to graduate school for an Epidemiology Program. She serves as the Peace Corps Ambassador at CSUCI, providing thorough details as well as hosting events and informational sessions on the Peace Corps program. She was drawn to this role because she wanted to learn even more about the Peace Corps so she could be able to educate others on how they can serve their global community. Zakiyyah has a passion for community service and giving back because she believes the skills you gain by serving others can be applied to other opportunities that come in life.
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