April Zinober

Civil Rights

2011

By partnering with her organization Students for a Better Society and the local Latin Cultural Community Center, April worked through her Blueprint to make sure that undocumented women in the Dallas area were aware of safe options they have access to if they find themselves as victims of domestic violence. By researching, educating, hosting forums, and providing educational materials in high volume areas, she worked to empower the women in undocumented communities to help them realize that they have worth as individuals and are deserving of safe and happy lives.

Ariel Boone

Economic Justice

2011

Ariel envisioned a public university whose values of global service never overshadowed its commitment to the long-term health of its local community, by engaging in ethical banking and socially responsible investment practices. Fighting against the ever rising tuition costs and the irresponsible lending practices of large financial institutions who supply loans to college students, Ariel is dedicated to raising action and awareness about these dangerous practices on her campus and eventually across all of California through her Blueprint.

Athena Matyear

Civic Engagement

2011

Athena’s vision for the city of El Paso is to be a place that fosters informed and active communities that will work together to build power and develop leaders in order to ensure that no voices are muted and no communities are marginalized or underrepresented. To that end, Athena is working to build a broadbased coalition of progressive organizations to register, educate, and mobilize voters in the 2012 election. It is her goal that the coalition become a place for like-minded organizations to to achieve common goals, share and receive useful skills and information, and to develop new leaders to carry this work forward.

Barry Weinberg

2011

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Belle Yan

Civic Engagement

2011

Belle’s work addresses the lack of collaboration and coalition building between different ethnicities within the Asian American Pacific Islander communities on and off campus, especially in immigration communities. She is also addressing the language barrier that one must overcome to pass the naturalization test, and striving to ease the economic barriers that arise in the process of taking and passing the naturalization test by offering free and incentivized naturalization exam preparation courses. As part of the program, Belle wants to heighten and promote civic engagement on the part of those she is serving, so that they will be empowered and know what rights and privileges they have as citizens and how to utilize those rights and privileges, especially the right to vote.

Bere Villela-Nava

Civil Rights

2011

Berenice’s work on campus is focused on creating a campus climate that is intolerant of sexual assault, non-consensual sex, and victim-blaming. She is working to build a culture of community accountability and a network of support for survivors of violence. To these ends, Berenice is creating opportunities for students to engage in conversations about these issues through the implementation of a SlutWalk event that will bring visibility to victim-blaming and assault on campus, “Consent is Sexy” workshops, and a broader publicity campaign, working in collaboration with the sexual assault prevention coalition on campus. In concert with these efforts, Berenice will also be working with student government, service providers on campus, and departments of Student Affairs and Residential Life.

Bird Caviel

2011

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Carmen Rodi

Environmental Conservation & Justice

2011

Carmen’s Blueprint centers on the creation of a “free store” on Colorado College’s campus. In an attempt to reduce waste on campus, Carmen hopes to create a center on campus where students can give away used items and pick up other items, creating a cash-free model of consumption and minimizing the impact that campus life can have on the environment. She hopes to work closely with the Facilities Department and the Office of Sustainability on campus to ensure that the free store will stay in operation long after she graduates.

Caro Vallejo

2011

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Casey Clowes

Campus Diversity

2011

As a member of the Greek Community and an advocate for the LGBTQ community at Arizona State University, Casey’s mission is to create a relationship of acceptance and understanding between the two communities. Driven by the homophobia she notices in the Greek Community, Casey believes that education and awareness will help her campus community progress.