The Community Engagement Ambassador Program (CEAP) program selects four students with strong leadership skills and a demonstrated commitment to community engagement will be selected to serve as Ambassadors. As part of a prestigious leadership cohort, these Ambassadors will work with DCS professional staff to build the capacity of all Brandeis community service clubs.
Focus Area: Partnerships & CollaborationSarah Ernst '20 is a rising senior from Doylestown, PA, double majoring in History and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, with a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Sarah became involved with Waltham Group as a coordinator for Community Connections in Spring 2017, and she also volunteers with other programs such as Big Siblings and Service Without Borders. Sarah is excited to work on expanding the relationship Brandeis has with its community partners in her position with CEAP. Outside of volunteer work, Sarah can be seen walking her dog on campus, solving New York Times crossword puzzles, and listening to music on full blast.
Focus Area: Assessment & ImpactKyra Frazier ‘21 is majoring in Anthropology with a minor in African and African American Studies (AAAS). She is from Atlanta, Georgia where she found her love for service through volunteering with Beta club in high school. As a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship and a Fellows Advisory Board member, her years at Brandeis have been filled with planning and participating in service events including workshops for JFK Middle School 8th graders on college preparation as well as packing hygiene kits for women's shelters in Boston. She has also spent many of her days off campus volunteering with the Waltham Group's Companions to Elders (C2E) at Marist Hill Nursing Home and JF&CS Memory Cafes. She is excited to take on the role of Assessment and Impact in the ambassador cohort and looks forward to serving the Brandeis community through her new position.
Focus Area: Training & RetentionMatt Nadler ’20 is from Austin, Texas and majoring in Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP). Matt brings a passion for change leadership to CEAP, with previous experience rebranding and increasing the use of technology in the TAPS (Teaching Assistants in Public Schools) program as one of its coordinators, implementing the new Executive Board structure in Waltham Group as its President last year, and working on the President's Task Force for the future of Brandeis. This year, Matt is excited to design programs to train and inspire new service leaders and volunteers and serve as a resource for community service clubs on campus to deepen their engagement with the communities they serve. Outside of community service, Matt can be found tutoring students in math, science, and test prep, taking in the beauty of New England's four seasons (especially fall!), or trying to finally get his dog to understand how a video chat works.
Focus Area: Marketing & OutreachReika Oshima ‘21 is a Biology and HSSP major from New York City's Chinatown. When coming to Brandeis, she didn't know that Brandesians have such a huge involvement with community service, and was lucky to find endless opportunities for herself. She volunteered for Splash! at Brandeis as a freshman, and as a sophomore, became a Splash! coordinator as President of Education for Students by Students (ESS). At the one-day Splash! event, she and dozens of other Brandeis undergrads taught a class about anything they wanted to over 100 youth from the Waltham community. She continued expanding her teaching experiences by volunteering with Language and Cultural Enrichment (LaCE) of WG and English Language Learning Initiative (ELLI) to help both adult and youth English Language Learners become confident in their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. With ESS, Reika also leads the production of the annual TEDxBrandeisUniversity event, where the ideas of Brandesians are showcased. As an ambassador for marketing and outreach, Reika is excited to find ways to get Brandeis excited about community service and help service groups on campus spread word about the great work they're doing. Outside of community service, you can check out Reika always munching on snacks while studying in the library, reluctantly hitting the gym or chilling on a hammock outdoors on a warm day.