Casey Tran

Campus Diversity

2011

Moved by her university’s upcoming renovation projects that will lead to the relocation of all student offices and storage space, Casey Tran is determined to ensure that the underserved, underresourced and marginalized communities on her campus are not forgotten. Concerned that these organizations and communities will no longer have easy access to the student offices/storage spaces, Casey is working to ensure that Hardboiled, the Asian Pacific American newsmagazine, can keep these groups in the discussion surrounding the relocation.

Catherine Okafor

Education

2011

Seeing a growing need in her community, Catherine started the WISE Girls camp (Women Inspiring Success and Empowering Girls) to help empower and inspire young females and teach them about topics including body image, self-esteem/self-confidence, life goals, health, fitness and more! She is also working on a College Admissions Boot Camp to provide high school students with key resources during their college admissions process. Planning both daylong camps to include several workshops and activities, the goals of these camps are to promote the success of younger generations.

Celia Burke

Civic Engagement

2011

Noticing a lack of involvement from Howard University student in campus, local, and national politics, Celia dedicated her Blueprint for Social Justice to combatting the general apathy in her campus community. Her primary goal was to connect important issues that concern individuals and organizations to civic engagement and thus spark more involvement.

Charlie Trotman

Civil Rights

2011

Charlene wanted a campus that was more aware of the actions they could take to help the LGBT Youth that live in poverty in her community. Through writing articles in the school paper, hosting forums and meetings with campus groups, she hoped to host a clothing and supplies drive that will donate necessary supplies for young people. Her hope was that this conversation continued to help create more sustainable resources for the LGBT homeless community.

Chelsea Goodly

Civic Engagement

2011

Hoping to extend her work in a local high school, Chelsea used her Blueprint to create an empowerment-driven curriculum and program to first help students become introspective and develop their personal identity, and second to actively engage these students in their communities. Coupling techniques like story-telling and community service, Chelsea was dedicated to helping students identify the own passions and thus helping them determine their own futures.

Chelsea Lunn

2011

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Chris Huff

2011

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Christian Alfaro

Environmental Conservation & Justice

2011

Christian envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy foods, regardless of gender, race, class, ability, age, and sexuality. To that end, he is building a network of people active in the seed saving and urban agricultural movement: urban farmers, environmental activists, food activists, and educators. This network will work collectively to create workshops and resources for community members to learn about farming/gardening, seed saving, and environmental justice. Finally, their work will culminate in an annual Seed Swap, an event at which community members can learn about urban gardening and get seeds to start their own gardens.

Christina Baker

Immigration

2011

Christina is committed to creating a space where undocumented women feel empowered to make change happen in their communities. She envisions a community where immigrant women feel confident in expressing and addressing the injustices they face on a day-to-day basis and feel equipped to take action. This community space will be a place where these women will feel safe from discrimination or fear of deportation a place where they can plan and implement projects that they care about.

Constance Ge

Environmental Conservation & Justice

2011

Noting that her University has a strained relationship with the surrounding community, Constance has developed a Blueprint plan that creates space for community members and University students to work together to create a community garden. Through her Blueprint, she worked to have local elementary school students garden alongside USC students to foster mentorship relationships while also filling direct needs in the community for fresh foods and helping to address the impact of Los Angeles numerous environmental problems, such as dangerously unregulated emissions of greenhouses like CO2 from the combustion of cars.