Center for Community Engagement

Meet the Advisors

2014-2015 Engagement Advisors

Shanera Brodie ’16

I 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.

Stephanie DeClue '17

My name is Stephanie DeClue and I am a Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought major at Amherst. I am from New Canaan, Connecticut and I have always been interested in community engagement. I have been working for the CCE as a Community Engagement Leader for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program since my sophomore year and I tutored in the Vela Scholars Program during my freshman year. I have been matched in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program with my Little, Shug, for about two years now. On campus, I am also involved in the yoga club and work as a tour guide for the Admissions Office. 

Cheryl Wan Rong Lim '16

Hi my name is Cheryl, and I am a Political Science and Economics double major across the world from Singapore! My involvement with the CCE has included joining CEOT every year, first as a participant, and then thrice as a trip leader. I have also volunteered with Girls Inc and the Amherst Survival Center, and am currently a CEL for VELA. Prior to entering Amherst, I took a gap year to volunteer with different Cambodian NGOs, scheduling events and learning how NGOs operate. I would love to share my stories with you, and am extremely interested in learning about yours too!

Jessica Maposa '17

My name is Jessica, and I’m Junior Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought major from North Grafton, Massachusetts. I’ve been involved with the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) since orientation of my first year at the college. I’ve been a Community Engagement Orientation Trip (CEOT) Tripee, a CEOT Trip Leader, and currently a CEOT Coordinator.  Through the CCE, I’ve served as a tutor to grade school children through Girls Inc. and Connections, programs in Holyoke.  Last summer I was a Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer intern at MotherWoman, and this summer I completed a Civic Engagement Scholar (CES) funded internship at the Bronx Defender as a Policy and Community Organizing Intern.  In addition to all of this, I work the front desk at the CCE, so come in and say hi.  

Manuel Morales ’16

I 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.

Athri Ranganathan '16

My name is Athri Ranganathan, and I am a senior at Amherst College. My first introduction to AC community engagement was as a tripee in the Community Engagement Orientation Trip, CEOT. While at Amherst, my community engagements have taken form in different ways, often through niche positions within clubs rather than well-established positions in community engagement groups. These experiences have given me insight in how to identify engagement opportunities in organizations that are not ‘community engagement’ orgs as such, and tailor those opportunities to specific wants. If you are interested in self-stylizing a community engagement position, or finding ways to engage with the community in organizations that don’t normally do so, I can help you think outside the box and create something new.