The Community Action and Social Change Outreach Board fosters partnership, outreach and engagement among declared and prospective students in the minor, and help students bridge connections between their field and an ongoing commitment to social justice. Through monthly discussions and meetings throughout the academic year, students advise staff and faculty on programs and strategies that foster outreach and engagement, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. The board is composed of student ambassadors from each partner school/college represented in the minor. Each member serves as a student liaison between the minor and their major degree program by facilitating partnership and collaboration with students, staff and faculty.
Bella Rios, BS ‘20 is an undergraduate junior in the School of Kinesiology with a focus on Movement Science and Community Action and Social Change (CASC) minor. As a Chicago native, she has always been heavily involved with the Hispanic and Latinx community through her church’s spanish ministry. It was through her upbringing and community involvement that has led her to be interested in immigration policies and health disparities among the Hispanic and Latinx community. Bella is currently involved in PALMA and conversation circles run through English Language Institution (ELI).
Brandon Bond, BA ‘21 is a junior from Belleville, MI and a the Residential College double majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, Neuroscience and International Studies with a CASC minor. After graduation he intends to dual-enroll in Public Health and Social Work to pursue global health behavior and health education with hopes of helping people across the world create or strength effective health care procedures that are culturally acceptable for them. In addition to being a chair in a service fraternity he serves as the Vice President to the International Deaf and Hearing Alliance, an organization that aims to encourage more positive interaction between the Deaf and hearing community. Additionally, Brandon works as an Admissions Assistant in the RC, CGIS Peer Advisor, and Bridge Scholars PLUS Academic Coach.
Caroline Kelly, BA ‘20 is an undergraduate senior in the Ford School of Public Policy and is a Community, Action and Social Change (CASC) minor. She hopes to work at the intersection of mental health and education policy, specifically focusing on how education and mental health systems work together to improve outcomes for low-income youth. She is currently working as a fourth year research assistant with a mental health research lab in the School of Social Work. She has also been very involved in the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, and is a third year Student Advisory Board member. She hopes to continue doing research in Social Work after graduation and looks forward to being a member of the CASC Outreach Board, bringing CASC to her Ford School community as well as the larger UM Community.
Eddie Williams, BFA ‘20 is from Detroit, MI and he is a dual degree student studying Acting in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and Psychology in the School of Literature, Science, and Arts, with a minor in Community Action and Social Change. With his two interests, he hopes to find ways in which the arts can be used to help people, specifically in low income communities. He believes that the arts can be used to improve the quality of life and overall well being of individuals. He currently works as a resident advisor of the Baits 2 community and is an active member of the Prison Creative Arts Program. Through this program he has been able to facilitate theatre workshops in multiple prisons within the state of Michigan. He aspires to continue facilitate theatre in settings that could benefit from the transformative power that the arts possess.
Edward “Ted” Gibson, W ‘20 is a member of the 2020 BFA Acting class pursuing a minor in CASC. He’s a native of Westport, CT, and has been involved in numerous productions and theatre organizations here in Ann Arbor, including working with the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT “Players”) as an actor, hoping to spread awareness and education of important social matters in the Ann Arbor and University of Michigan community. Since the start of his CASC track, the values and lessons he has learned have motivated him to follow and engage in new and different stories being told in the Ann Arbor artistic community. He hopes his pursuit of this minor in Community Action and Social Change will educate him in becoming a more socially-aware and self-aware artist in the ever-changing artistic world; he has loved every step of working for this minor, and believes all students at UM, artist or not, can benefit from an interest in CASC, and that education, awareness, and dialogue are the most important things to foster in a college social setting.
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!
Rickey Shackelford, W '21 is from metro Detroit and is currently a sophomore pursuing engineering and minoring in Community Action and Social Change minor. With a specific interest in mechanical engineering, he wants to pursue a career in the space industry. Rickey is also a member of the Kessler Scholars Student Advisory Board, where he serves on the Community Service committee and is a peer mentor, a member of the National Society for Black Engineers, where he is on the Pre-College Initiative committee, competes for the Michigan club track team, does research through the Space Research department on Saturn, and is a Student Manager with Michigan Dining. Rickey hopes that through the CASC minor he will develop skills and connections that will enable him to serve his community to the fullest extent.
Sabrina Kim, BS ‘21 is from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is a junior in Computer Science in Engineering with a minor in Community Action and Social Change. She hopes to help all students have the same educational opportunities one day and eradicate the achievement and opportunity gap that exist today. Her passion for education led her to pursue her CASC minor to learn more about the education system and nonprofit organizations. She is a small group coordinator in Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.
Victoria Thach, BA ‘20 is from Lansing, Michigan and is currently a senior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She is majoring in Psychology and has two minors: Community, Action, and Social Change and Asian/Pacific Islander American studies. She is the Vice-Master Alchemist in Alpha Chi Sigma, a chemistry fraternity. Additionally, she coordinates the Michigan chapter’s volunteering through FEMMES: Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and the Sciences - the fraternity’s outreach targets, nurtures, and supports elementary-aged girls of color in their pursuit of and success in fields related to STEM. She is also the co-founder of LEAD, a student organization dedicated to multicultural coalition-building. After graduating, she is hoping to utilize her CASC minor through Michigan Advising Corp as a college advisor.
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School of Social Work
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106