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Social Justice in the Real World: Alumni Panel and Mixer


Join us a for a panel discussion and mixer with CASC Minor alumni. Panelists will share their stories and journey engaging in social justice and change work. Learn more about their academic career as undergraduate students, experience in the minor, and the challenges, and lessons learned about applications of social justice "in the real world". Light dinner served 


Alumni Panelists: 

Mark Chou: (he/him) I serve as a Strategy Specialist at Facebook. I manage large-scale and complex data collection and annotation programs for artificial intelligence and machine learning purposes, including automatic speech recognition, language translation, and Facebook’s virtual assistant across 80+ languages.Previously, I worked as the Director of Special Projects at Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate, a charter school that's a part of Uncommon Schools. In his role, I served on the operations team and served the 330 middle school students, 40 staff members, and hundreds of family members. Prior to Uncommon, I served as the Manager of the College Connections Program at the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts in its Development, Marketing, and Communications Office.I graduated from the University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and attained a minor in community action and social change in addition to writing.


Caitlyn Rize: (she/her) Caitlyn is a third year student at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and she holds a Master of Social Work with an emphasis in Community Organizing from the University of Michigan. Her career goals consist of utilizing the veterinarian-patient-client relationship to improve health outcomes for both veterinary patients and human clients, especially among marginalized populations. She has professional experience at the Michigan State University Veterinary Social Work Service, a number of animal rescues/shelters, and with VeTouch -- a completely free, student-run monthly veterinary clinic in downtown Minneapolis. She is the national student representative for the Human Animal Bond Association and she has won a number of student awards while advocating for the human experience in the veterinary setting.


Katie Corbit: Katie Corbit (she/her) is a second year Master of Public Health student in Health Behavior Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. After she graduated from CASC in 2014, she began working in Maternal Child Health and women's empowerment programs in the non-profit sector. Katie currently serves as a Research Assistant for the Detroit Urban Research Center and Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Her research interests include: community-based participatory research, reproductive justice, and community-based policy solutions. 


Mary Naoum: Mary Naoum (she/her) currently serves as the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Project Manager in the city of Detroit, supporting grassroots and institutional partners to design and implement the front-end criminal legal system reform initiative. A Master of Social Work and Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Mary has spent the past 6 years engaging with local and state organizations that promote healthy communities through ending mass incarceration and investing in the types of resources that actually keep neighborhoods strong and safe. Mary started her career working with Senator Stephanie Chang, a fellow Umich MSW/MPP alum, helping the Senator successfully win her first run for State House and then developing Girls Making Change, a political leadership pipeline for high school girls of color in the district. Mary sustains herself by nurturing friendships-- particularly her deep relationships with women who inspire her-- snuggling her nephews, and frequent deep belly laughs with her partner.


Angelizmar Rodriguez: Angelizmar Rodriguez (she/her) was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, before attending The University of Michigan to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a Master's degree in Social Work. She was inspired to pursue a career in Student Affairs after having many positive experiences working for several programs to support students outside of the classroom. Angelizmar is passionate about cultivating positive, supportive, and inclusive environments for students to learn, collaborate, and grow.

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