Issue Area Coordinators Program
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,
- to collaborate with local community organizations,
- to collaborate with faculty, or
- 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.
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.
Civic Engagement Coordinator
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.
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.
Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
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.
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.
Public Interest Technology Coordinators
Lee’Shae Lawson is a junior majoring in African and African American Studies. She is excited about Public Interest Technology because it is a broad, emerging field that intersects with many other industries to create new ways of operating and interacting with marginalized communities. Lee’Shae has worked in data privacy compliance and now works to connect students with opportunities to use technology in a way that reduces harm and bias and centers improving people’s lives. She is also involved in musical theater and is a Resident Assistant for Toyon Hall.
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.
Check with the organization to see if they have remote opportunities available at this time. For alternative suggestions, contact an advisor
Not sure where to start, or need help finding an organization to work with? Contact an advisor
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