Christoph Zepeda Speaks at CHSS Annual Fall Meeting

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 13:16

The College held its Annual Fall Opening Meeting on August 21 to mark the start of the academic year. Dean Alvin Alvarez opened the meeting with a talk that underscored the College’s commitment to student success.

Other speakers were Circle of Excellence Committee representative Celeste Rivera; representatives of University Development’s Corporate & Foundation Relations team; and CHSS Associate Director of Development Ashley McCormack.

A highlight of the meeting was a series of speakers who spoke passionately and candidly about their personal backgrounds, challenges they have overcome, and how their education and experiences have transformed their lives.

Aileen Andrade, a health education student, talked about the inspiration she drew from her parents — immigrants from Ecuador and El Salvador who taught her "how to fight and push forward." She wants a career in public health and would like to continue her education and pursue an MPH.

Christine Nevarez has had a lifelong love of working with children. She discussed the challenges she faced as a parent attempting to balance school, work and family, and having to interrupt her education multiple times. She now has her B.A. in Child & Adolescent Development, and says she no longer sees barriers, because she knows how to overcome them.

Deep Singal, a student in dietetics, knew he wanted to pursue a health-related career like others in his family. He was drawn to dietetics because it would give him the opportunity to assist patients. His experience includes working as a volunteer intern at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He has learned how dietetics can be a driving force in preventive and rehabilitative care.

Christoph Zepeda, a counseling student, discussed the challenges that inspired his desire to give back. “Statistically, I shouldn’t be here,” he said. His goal is a career in mental health counseling, and he would like to serve LGBTQQIA patients. He noted the importance of the caring professors who have supported him in his journey.

Republished from: CHSS News