Current and Former CEAP Ambassador Projects

CEAP 2021-2022 Cohort 

Introducing the new Community Engagement Ambassador Program cohort for the 2021 - 2022 academic year! 

Olivia Combs '23 (Assessment, Advocacy, & Civic Engagement) 

Hi! My name is Olivia Combs, and I'm a junior here at Brandeis. Although I'm undeclared, I'm planning to double-major in Sociology and Biology with a minor in English. I'm originally from Chattanooga, TN, where my love for community development work took root. At Brandeis, I continue to develop that passion by volunteering with Brandeis Buddies, Hospital Helpers, and Prospect Hill Kids' Club. On campus, you can find me getting my daily bagel from Einstein's, studying in the library, or singing with Proscenium A Cappella! I'm a firm believer that everyone has something to offer their community, and I'm looking forward to helping people realize their potential in that capacity! I am so excited to join the CEAP team, and I can't wait to work together to advance our community as a whole. 

 Lauren O'Keefe '22 (Training & Volunteer Retention) 

Hi, my name is Lauren O'Keefe and I am a senior from Cleveland, Ohio. I am double majoring in Biology and HSSP, and I hope to attend a Physician Assistant program after college. At Brandeis, I am a Waltham Group Coordinator for Prospect Hill Kids' Club and a member of Rather Be Giraffes acapella group. I am so excited to join the CEAP 2021-2022 team and work collaboratively with my cohort to meet the needs of the Brandeis community!

 Ashna Kelkar '24 (Marketing & Campus Outreach) 

Hi! My name is Ashna Kelkar and I am so excited to be a Community Engagement Ambassador in the Marketing and Campus Outreach position. For me, the pandemic highlighted the importance of service work and the devotion to the improvement of our communities. Inequities in the accessibility of resources was emphasized during the past year, whether it be healthcare, technology, education, or food. It fundamentally changed the way we socialized, causing communities to break a little and connections to be limited. I am excited to be in this position to build a stronger Brandeis community, improve accessibility to important resources, and further equality on campus and beyond. In addition to this role, I am also part of the Student Union, the Waltham Group, and a dance team on campus called Chak De. You can also see me studying at the science center, drinking coffee at Einstein's, or getting super excited over any dog on campus!

Kim Ligon ' 22 (Partnerships & Community Organizing)

Hi, I'm Kim Ligon! I am a senior double majoring in Education Studies & Psychology with a minor in Hispanic Studies! I was born and raised in Long Island New York. In Waltham Group, I served as the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, a coordinator for Kids Connection, one of the 19 programs and a volunteer for TAPS, Brandeis Buddies and SPECTRUM. This year, I am serving as the 2021-2022 Waltham Group President! Through my work in service I have learned the importance of building connections and partnerships. I believe that by doing this, you increase resources for the communities you're working in and that is what I want to do. I want to increase resources for all Brandeis students but really focus on our marginalized, BIPOC, women, LGBTQ+ and other minority students. I look forward to doing so by collaborating with other organizations and groups as well as forming trainings and resources for faculty to better meet the needs of these students. I am so excited to be a part of this cohort for my last year at Brandeis.

CEAP 2020-2021 Cohort Projects

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the third cohort of Community Engagement Ambassadors have been working towards its shared mission of being innovators to improve the symbiotic relationships between Brandeis, Waltham, and global communities. This is achieved through making resources available and accessible, building awareness on campus about CEAP,  building connections between all service programs, and working to improve the quality of community engagement. 

CEAP 2019-2020 Cohort Projects

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the second cohort of Community Engagement Ambassadors have been working towards its shared mission of being innovators to improve the symbiotic relationships between Brandeis, Waltham, and global communities. This is achieved through making resources available and accessible, building awareness on campus about CEAP,  building connections between all service programs, and working to improve the quality of community engagement. 

CEAP 2018-2019 Cohort Projects

In its pilot year, the four selected 2018-2019 Community Engagement Ambassadors served an integral role within the Department of Community Service. They each strengthened Brandeis’ overall community engagement impact through coordination across service clubs and campus and community partners.