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Leadership program

Issue Area Coordinators Program

Multi-quarter part-time
Education & Youth Development, 
Environmental Sustainability, 

The Issue Area Coordinators Program provides our most committed students with training and practice in collective leadership.

The Haas Center’s Issue Area Coordinators build partnerships among Stanford students, faculty, and Bay Area community leaders to address challenges around Affordability, Civic Engagement, Education, Environmental Sustainability, Health, and Public Interest Technology.

Talk to an Issue Area Coordinator (contact information listed below) if you are a member of an official or unofficial student group in one of the six issue areas and:

  • you want to collaborate with other official or unofficial student groups,
  • you want to collaborate with local community organizations,
  • you want to collaborate with faculty, or
  • you need funding for an activity or project that involves collaboration among student groups, local community organizations, and/or faculty.

Contact Kristy Lobo for more information or to recommend a student/issue area for the 2022–23 Issue Area Coordinators Program. Self-nominations are welcome.

202122 Coordinators

Affordability Coordinator

Charlie Hoff

Charlie Hoffs is a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering. She is passionate about addressing the barriers that prevent millions of Americans from accessing healthy, fresh, affordable food. Charlie co-founded unBox, a youth-led organization working to unite and empower young people to fight U.S. food insecurity, and she co-manages the nationwide Menus of Change University Research Collaborative (MCURC) Student Fellows program. Charlie served as Schneider Lecture Coordinator for Students for a Sustainable Stanford in 2019, and she leads trips with the Stanford Outdoor Education Program.

Contact Charlie

Civic Engagement Coordinator

Megha Parwani

Megha Parwani is a senior majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. As the ASSU Co-Director of Political Engagement and as a research assistant at the Center for Deliberative Democracy, she helped organize national and campus-wide deliberation events to promote thoughtful discussion of policy issues. During a Cardinal Quarter with Generation Citizen, Megha helped launch a global coalition of youth activists and civic educators. She is a member of the Fourth Founding Project, a cross-campus effort to engage students in efforts to strengthen U.S. democracy.

Contact Megha

Education Coordinator

Liz Aguilar

Liz Aguilar is a senior majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She is passionate about challenging educational inequity in the Bay Area, as well as about immigrant rights, particularly in detention facilities. Liz served as a tutor/mentor and fellow with the East Palo Alto Stanford Academy for three years. She has taken several Cardinal Courses on educational inequality and human rights, and she has written a senior paper on the emotional impacts of English-only instruction on bilingual children.

Contact Liz

Environmental Sustainability Coordinator

Olivia Kline

Olivia Kline is a senior majoring in Biology with a concentration in microbes and immunity. She is passionate about sustainability, environmental justice, and climate health. Olivia has served as the co-lead of Students for a Sustainable Stanford education group and is a member of Stanford Climate and Health. Hailing from rural Missouri, she has connected rural students on campus and fostered spaces for learning about rural America. Olivia is completing a Biology honors thesis on the immune effects of smoke exposure on a cohort of San Francisco firefighters.

Contact Olivia

Health Coordinator

Francesca Kim

Francesca Kim is a senior majoring in Biomedical Computation and minoring in Ethics and Technology. Born and raised in South Korea, she is passionate about cross-cultural medicine, mental health reform, and applying data-driven methodologies to enhance the patient care experience. At Stanford, Francesca has co-founded Healing Strokes art therapy, serves on the Steering Committee of Arbor Free Clinic, and is an active hospice volunteer. She is also a Resident Assistant in 680 Lomita.

Contact Francesca

Public Interest Technology Coordinator

Sam Serrano

Sam Prieto Serrano is a sophomore majoring in Symbolic Systems and minoring in Computer Science. Raised in a low-income home, Sam is passionate about EdTech projects that increase education equity in public schools, and he wants to promote ethical work within tech disciplines that are conscious of representation and access. At Stanford, Sam has volunteered with Matriculate to mentor first-generation high school students, as well as with the First-Generation and/or Low-Income Partnership to expand FLI resources and community.

Contact Sam

Emma Clark

"My Cardinal Quarter in Sámara was a stepping stone in my journey to becoming a teacher that propelled me into the world of education volunteerism and helped me cultivate greater ethical and cultural awareness."

Emma Clark, ’21, is studying psychology with minors in education and Spanish. She is an honors candidate in education. Her experiences at Stanford have included being an education issue area coordinator at the Haas Center for Public Service; a tutor for Barrio Assistance, Ravenswood Reads, and Habla; a vice president for the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Association; a community engaged learning coordinator for EDUC 104; a PsychConnect peer advisor; and a Psychology One Program teaching fellow. She has also taken several Cardinal Courses in education and Spanish. Emma is originally from Bellingham, Washington.

Emma Clark, ’21

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