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CASC Advisory Board

The Community Action and Social Change Student Advisory Board is comprised of student leaders in the minor who offer perspective and guidance through direct counsel on program initiatives, strategic planning, and partnership efforts with the School of Social Work. Through bimonthly meetings with CASC staff and faculty, advisory board members provide critical feedback loops on all major program areas and new initiatives to ensure alignment with the minor’s mission and vision. In addition to providing counsel to the minor, the advisory board review and develop innovative social justice education programs that engage CASC minor and School of Social Work students, as well as the broader campus community.

Elsa Borrello

Elsa Borrello, BBA ‘20 is an undergraduate junior with a major in business, a minor in CASC, and supplemental studies in environmental sustainability. While growing up in Saginaw, Michigan, a city facing many economic and social challenges, she witnessed the many ways small businesses and organizations can drastically impact community. In addition to her involvement on the CASC student advisory board, Elsa is a member of Net Impact, an organization dedicated to furthering social impact and sustainability through business. In the summer of 2017, she interned at Voices for Earth Justice, an urban garden and environmental justice nonprofit in Brightmoor, Detroit. She learned about some of the ways in which communities of color are unproportionately targeted and affected by negative environmental impacts. Through the process, she was exposed to many forms of community organizing. These experiences have helped shape Elsa’s passions in food access and economic empowerment through financial inclusion.

Hope Crystal

Hope Crystal, BBA ‘21 is an undergraduate sophomore studying business with a minor in Community Action and Social Change (CASC). As a Chicago suburbs native, Hope became very interested in social justice during her junior year of high school when she did a research paper on the non-academic spending of her public high school. Through this paper she realized how large of a divide there is between the funding of her high school and the Chicago Public Schools. She aspires to make a positive social impact and help the Chicago Public Schools through her business career. She was eager to join the CASC minor during the first semester of her freshman year and has taken an active role in the CASC minor. She is involved in Lean-In, Sigma Delta Tau sorority, and is part of both the CASC Outreach Board and the CASC Advisory Board. Please reach out to her if you have any CASC-related questions!

Logan Ziegler

Logan Ziegler, BBA ‘19, is an undergraduate senior studying business with a minor in Community Action and Social Change. Originally from Dearborn, Michigan, Logan grew up in a very diverse community that shaped who he is as a person today. With his business degree and CASC minor, Logan hopes to utilize his education in the nonprofit sector following graduation, working with underserved and underrepresented people. Currently, Logan is volunteering at the Hikone Community Center, which is an after school program that is a part of the Community Action Network (CAN). On the CASC student board, Logan has helped start a volunteer initiative that we hope will launch this semester.  On campus, Logan is also a member of the Mind Matters Mental Health Initiative at Ross, which puts on events throughout the year focused on de-stressing during exams and ending the stigma surrounding mental health awareness.

Payton Watt

Payton Watt, BS ‘18 is an undergraduate senior studying Biology, Health, and Society with a minor in Community Action and Social Change (CASC). While growing up in Ann Arbor, she volunteered with underserved communities in soup kitchens and local shelters. Payton saw firsthand the oppression that individuals faced, and it led her to co-founded Michigan Movement, during her sophomore year. The student organization aids individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty in Ann Arbor. Since then, she has advocated for and done research on economic mobility, food access, disability, and affordability both on and off campus. She is a member of the CASC student advisory board, a research assistant at Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan and is currently applying to MPH programs for health management and policy.

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