Center for Community Engagement

Meet the Advisors

2014-2015 Engagement Advisors

Shanera Brodie ’16

Shanera Brodie.picture.jpgI participated in the Community Engagement Orientation Trip (CEOT) my first year.  It was a great opportunity to meet other students and it helped me get more closely acquainted with the town and available engagement opportunities.  I spend a few hours every week at an elementary school as a tutor through the America Reads, America Counts program; and I did a Literacy Internship in Holyoke, MA.  I am also a Peer Leader for the Boston Public Health Commission, and I am involved on campus with the Gospel Choir, Women’s Rugby Team, and Dance and Step.

Dina Cruz ’15

Dina Cruz.Headshot.jpgI have been involved in tutoring at Girls Inc., volunteering with Homeless Connect, interning through the Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer (PVCS) Program, serving on the CCE National Advisory Board and as a member of Careers in Education Professions, taking the course community based learning course: Building Community, and serving as a PVCS Coordinator.  I also started a community-based project in Holyoke, founding and managing a volunteer partnership with a local animal shelter, mentoring with Reader to Reader, and developing an ESL curriculum for adults in Holyoke.  

Samanta English ’15

Samanta English.picture.jpgI am an English major and participated in CEOT as a first year and am a Trip Coordinator for CEOT 2014. I was a Community Engagement Leader (CEL) for Girls Inc. of Holyoke and will continue there as a tutor.  I am also a Big Sister with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.



Pierre Joseph ‘15

Pierre Joseph.picture.jpgI am a proud Massachusetts native majoring in Political Science with a concentration in urban policy.  Prior to enrolling at Amherst, I participated in a gap year internship with former U.S. Senator John Kerry, specializing in education and child welfare issues. My primary policy interests include community development, housing and education policy. I serve as the Chair of the Student Board of Advisors for the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, and a member of the board of the Roosevelt Institute. I am also a 2014 Truman Scholar.

Uju Momah ‘15

Uju Momah.picture.jpgI work at Craig’s Doors Homeless Shelter in Amherst where I clean rooms for shelter attendants and prepare dinner, as well as work with the office staff to assist with grant applications and organize local initiatives, such as clothing drives and food donations. On campus I am involved with Homeless Connect where I am the Treasurer; and work as a Front Desk Team Member in the CCE.  I am also a pre-health mentor for students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. I work one-on-one with students on internships, campus resources, and offer guidance as they plan their career path.

Manuel Morales ’15

Manuel Morales.picture.jpgI am a Psychology and Environmental Studies major.  I went on CEOT as a first year student then continued to be involved in CEOT.  I was a CEOT Coordinator for summer 2013 and for summer 2014, I was the CEOT Holyoke Trip Coordinator.  I also am a volunteer at Girls Inc. site in Holyoke, and am a Video & Sound Engineer for Amherst’s Athletic Department; as well as a Budgetary Committee Member for AAS.


Nell Patterson ’15

Helen (Nell) Patterson.picture.jpgI am a volunteer for the Vela Scholars Program at Amherst Middle School tutoring students who are struggling academically. In addition, I am in my third year as an Athletics Liaison (AL) at the CCE. As an AL, I work to promote community engagement in the Athletics Department. One of my main roles is advising members of the Athletics Team Engagement Leader (ATEL) program on how to motivate their teams surrounding community engagement.  I did a public service internship with Breakthrough Collaborative Greater Boston during summer 2014 teaching classes to middle school students from Cambridge Public Schools.

Juleon Robinson ‘15

Juleon Robinson.picture.jpgI was part of A Better Chance tutor program during my sophomore fall, and work as a Front Desk Team Member in the CCE. I was an intern with the Amherst Satellite Health Center advisory board, working to bring a satellite health center to Amherst to provide healthcare for underserved populations in the Pioneer Valley. I am also a board member of the Student Community Engagement Fund (SCEF), which helps to fund the numerous engagement activities that invigorate the campus.


Leah Thompson ’15

Leah Thompson.headshot.jpgI am pre-med majoring in History.  I am a Community Engagement Leader (CEL) for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and I enjoy volunteering in the ER at Cooley Dickinson Hospital for the past 2 years.  I also am involved in the Amherst College Women’s Chorus, where I serve as Treasurer.  I am an Oregon native who loves running, yoga, cooking, and hiking.


Gabriela Vieira ’16

Gabriela Viera.picture.jpgI have been involved in Reader to Reader, mentoring high schools students about literature, where I monitor a forum for 2-3 books, reading along with the students. I am co-president of “World Read,” a subset of “Reader to Reader” that focuses on promoting literacy globally. As a group, we fundraise, spread awareness, and create literacy workshops for other education organizations on campus.  I also tutor with the program A Better Chance which allows me to work one-on-one each week with a  student who has moved to Amherst to live and study. I am involved in Amherst ED Pros, a program that focuses on education reform and policy.