Lauren Cantrell – Academic Major: Public Health; Engagement Focus: Internship, Alternative Spring Breaks, and Volunteerism
Cantrell, a UNF Brooks College of Health graduate from Ormond Beach, Florida,
has shown exemplary devotion when working in the Jacksonville community through
several organizations including the Humane Society, Ospreys in Action, and
Health Designs. Over the past two years Lauren has committed and invested her
time in different service organizations. Her work has been focused on
humanizing homelessness, finding puppies forever homes, and conducting health
screenings as well as health coaching.
Anna English – Academic Major: Nursing; Engagement Focus: Community-Based Learning
English, a UNF School of Nursing graduate from Jacksonville, Florida has shown
great dedication to improving the community through her own service as well as
recruiting others to join in her mission.
She began her endeavors with community-based learning at the Way Clinic
in Green Cove Springs. She has been
instrumental in building the relationship between UNF and Beaches Emergency
Assistance Ministry (BEAM) to combat food insecurity, and has served the
American Red Cross in recruiting future nursing volunteers for the local
chapter's disaster services. For two years, Anna has worked diligently in the
community to address medical and nutritional needs while inspiring other
students to work together to create even better outcomes.
Kelsey Hayward – Academic Major: Public Health; Engagement Focus: Community-Based Research and Volunteerism
a UNF graduate from the Department of
Public Health, grew up in Orlando, FL. During her time in Jacksonville, she has
worked to serve the Jacksonville community by volunteering her time at a wide
range of places. She has worked at the
MS society to help prepare for their annual bike race and later spent time at
the Poison Information Center at UF Health Jacksonville. Her most rewarding experiences were mentoring
a high school student through Communities in Schools and serving as a research
intern at the Lucy Gooding Pediatric Neuroscience Research Center.
Whitney Huston – Academic Major: Health Science; Engagement Focus: Internship, AmeriCorps National Service, and Volunteerism
, a UNF Department
of Public Health graduate from Jacksonville, FL has shown extended dedication
to her community through her service to a variety of organizations including
the American Red Cross of Northeast FL, the Northeast Florida Healthy Start
Coalition, the Health Planning Council of Northeast FL, and the Arc
Jacksonville. For over 3 years, Whitney
has served the health needs of her community though health education, health
planning, and health promotion.
Ayshka Rodriguez – Academic Major: Electrical Engineering; Engagement Focus: Community-Based Research, Volunteerism, and Outreach
, a graduate of
UNF’s School of Engineering from Jacksonville, FL has worked with many
organizations in promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to
young minority students in the Jacksonville area. Through organizations like the Society of
Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the
College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction, Ayshka found a motivation
for outreach and a use of technical knowledge in the electrical engineering
field that has positively impacted the Jacksonville community.
Kate Sanchez – Academic Major: Criminal Justice; Engagement Focus: Community-Based Learning, Alternative Spring Breaks, and Volunteerism
a UNF School of Criminology and
Criminal Justice graduate from Key
has enjoyed spending her time in Jacksonville engaging fellow Ospreys in
conversations that promote an understanding of complex social justice issues.
She has achieved this as a two time facilitator for the Hicks Honors College
refugee project and as a two time site leader for Ospreys in Action, an
alternative spring break program discussing poverty and homelessness, and
farmworker's rights. In her senior year, she has taken this passion into the
Jacksonville community as an intern for the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center
and as co-founder of Project S.H.O.U.T, a grant project aimed at combating the
stigma of mental health by engaging middle school students in activities that
challenge their preconceived notions of mental health and mental illness.
Jacob Turner – Academic Major: International Business; Engagement Focus: Volunteerism, Philanthropy, and Community-Based Work-Study
, a UNF Coggin College of Business
graduate from Jacksonville, Florida, has demonstrated outstanding commitment
working with special needs students in the Jacksonville community through his involvement
with a variety of organizations including The Arc Jacksonville, On Campus
Transition, Surfer's for Autism, Down Syndrome
Association of Jacksonville, and AmeriCorps. For nearly four years, Jacob has
volunteered with the On Campus Transition and worked with The Arc Jacksonville
to provide mentorship to students with developmental and intellectual
disabilities as they transition from high school into college.
Marie Whitley – Academic Major: Health Science; Engagement Focus: Internship and Volunteerism
, a UNF Public
Health graduate from Ormond Beach, Florida, has immersed herself in the
Jacksonville community by working with variety of populations and organizations
including: the Congenital Heart Walk, American Heart Association, and Duval
County Health Department. Marie was able to focus her passion for wellness and
prevention in the community through the Y Healthy Living Centers, a partnership
with First Coast YMCA and Baptist Health. For nearly two years, Marie has
exhibited her voluntarism and passion for patient care at Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville in various departments such as the Operating Room Suits,
Radiology, and the Emergency Department.
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