Staff

Coordinator/Director

Cameron's originally from Vermont and CEPA students don't let him forget it. After studying Sociology and Community and International Development as an undergrad at UVM, he taught high school Math and Spanish at a small boarding school in the Berkshires. After teaching for two years, Cameron moved to Portland, OR and worked a bunch of different jobs - he made wine, was a cook, a bike messenger, worked at an immigrant and refugee organization, and worked in a therapeutic elementary school. He returned to the east coast to pursue a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at UMass and recently graduated in May of 2013. Cameron likes all things VT, like cheddar cheese, maple syrup, and Ben and Jerry's. He loves snowboarding and riding his bike.

Cameron's been with CEPA for almost two years, and he loves it. His favorite thing about CEPA is the people that make up the organization - he says: "they are full of purpose, drive, principle, but more than anything, compassion for each other and for challenging their community to be better." Cameron's most memorable times with CEPA are when everyone comes together to support each other in actions, retreats, etc. Not surprisingly, Cameron thinks he has the best job on campus, and says he would challenge anyone who says otherwise!

Campus Culture Core Team Leader

Major: English & Sociology

Year: Senior

Years with CEPA: First Year

Favorite Thing about CEPA: CEPA MAKES MOVES!!

Goals: Making UMass more student friendly.

Favorite Movie: Brink!

 

Policy Specialist

I hail from the Dirty Jerz (yes, I put MassHoles to shame) and am a junior pursuing a dual degree in Linguistics and Economics with a certificate in Civic Engagement and Service Learning. I became involved with the Center for Education Policy and Advocacy as a Vote Coordinator during the 2012 election season, and continued work throughout the 2012-2013 school year with the Access and Affordability Core Team. I enjoy the work I do with CEPA because the people involved get it, and because student activism is rad! I also love spending time in the office; there is constant teaching/learning, laughing, and, of course, wobbling. Aside from my role as Policy Specialist at CEPA, I am also a Pisces, RA, volunteer at The Literacy Project, professional salad-maker, H2O Enthusiast, and I enjoy crafting (specifically paper crafts), going down the Shore, horseback riding, eating (hmu for Greeno/EFoods/Peoples'), waking up early, and shoes. I am also unhealthily nostalgic and sentimental, as well as obsessed with UMass history, so I'm thrilled to be working with such an exceptional group of socially aware, highly motivated, politically informed students to create a year of monumental change.

Organizing and Training Director

I am a senior Biology major. I really became a part of CEPA on March 5th, 2012. My favorite thing about CEPA is the fun we have doing some pretty serious work. Also, the dancing.  My most memorable moment with CEPA was the United States Student Association's Legislative Conference. Holla back, I got yo' back. In the past, SLAP has worked to unionize 03 workers and maintain the Peer Mentor position. We hope to continue to work on issues of economic justice both on and off campus. I want all of CEPA to love socially conscious rap. I love Star Wars, It's A Wonderful Life, spending all night in the library, and long soccer games on the beach.

Access and Affordability Core Team Leader

I am a junior Social Thought & Political Economy (STPEC) and Economics major also pursuing training in facilitation through the University Alliance for Community Transformation (UACT).  I work as an RA in Elm House, but campaigns with CEPA is really where the important action happens!  I try to bring anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-sexist, non-herteronormative values into my work, but I am a work in progress!  In the most recent summer I was very fortunate to intern with a labor union in the Pioneer Valley, which afforded me opportunity to hone my organizing skills.  For the health of mind, body, and spirit I bicycle, sail, cook and eat with friends, nap often, shoot photography occasionally, read newspapers daily, and practice meditation.