Meet the 2021-2022 CBL Interns!
Sarah Ayers ‘23
Hi! My name is Sarah, and I am from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. At Holy Cross, I am majoring in History with a minor in education. My first CBL experience was in Professor Ryan’s Montserrat “Identity, Diversity, and Community” course. During my first semester I went to Heard Street elementary school where I tutored third grade students. In the Spring, I assisted an English speaking class at Ascentria Care Alliance, where I was able to connect with people who recently immigrated to America from countries around the world. Both of these opportunities allowed me to form bonds and learn about the unique experiences of members of the Worcester community. This year, I am excited to help build community among students who are new to CBL through the Affinity Group program and engage with students participating in CBL as a classroom facilitator.
Dora Calva ‘22
Hey! I’m a senior with an Architectural Studies major and an Art minor at Holy Cross. I was born and raised in Newark, NJ. I am bilingual and Ecuadorian-American. My favorite pastime is going to the gym. This past summer, I completed Columbia's GSAPP Summer Program for an Intro to Architecture course. In addition, I have worked numerous summer jobs. My involvement with CBL began my freshman year in Professor Ryan’s Montserrat course. As part of the CBL Intern community, I’ve been a volunteer for three years in Ascentria's URMP (Unaccompanied Refugees Minors Program) tutoring 14-17 year old students in Worcester, MA. This year, I will continue to be one of Ascentria’s Unaccompanied Refugees Minors Program coordinators and be a part of the Non-Profit Careers Conference. Being a part of the CBL Intern community, I will continue to learn, grow, and reflect on the Jesuit mission of Holy Cross through my intern leadership positions at school and in the Worcester community. I’m excited to be back in person for my senior year and to share a space with the intern community at the Donelan office.
Catherine Cannamela ‘24
Hi! My name is Catherine and I’m a sophomore psychology major from Wethersfield, Connecticut. I was first introduced to CBL during my freshman year through my Montserrat course called “Identity, Diversity, and Community” with Professor Ryan. For my service, I virtually visited with an elderly resident of Medway Manor, a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Worcester, through the organization of TimeSlips, a group that works to facilitate creative engagement for people with memory impairment. Though I volunteered remotely, I was able to develop a strong friendship with my Worcester resident and became more educated and involved in social justice issues surrounding elderly healthcare. This year, I’m really looking forward to serving with my fellow CBL interns to put our Jesuit mission into action in the Worcester community. I’m hoping to deepen my engagement with Worcester by learning about local nonprofits, serving as a liaison between organizations and students, and directly serving vulnerable populations. I’m so excited to find a home in the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning and join their community of compassionate students and faculty!
Rachel Enad ‘22
Hi! My name is Rachel Enad and I am from Lake Bluff, Illinois. I am a senior Sociology major and Education minor, with a Peace and Conflict Studies concentration. My current role in CBL is Community Development and Meeting Coordinator, and Dialogue Session Coordinator. My first CBL experience was through my Spanish 301 course, where I tutored and mentored native Spanish speaking students at Worcester East Middle School. This experience proved to be a highlight of my academic and personal goals, as it provided me with the opportunity to actively forge connections with the Worcester community, while simultaneously allowing me to further explore my passion for social justice within a setting outside of the classroom. This experience taught me the significance of finding common ground and immersing oneself in the community. I am very excited for the year ahead, and to be working alongside a great team of interns! I am especially looking forward to expanding my understanding of what community engagement means, through open minded dialogue and impactful relationships. I am grateful to be a part of the CBL community, and am excited to learn and grow this year!
Julianne Esteves ‘22
Hi! I am a senior biology major with a minor in religious studies on the pre-med track from Riverdale, NY. My introduction to CBL was through my "Social Ethics" class in which I spent time at the Marie Anne Center, tutoring elementary students with their homework. Taking a class with a CBL component spring of my first year was a valuable experience for understanding my course work, learning about Worcester’s residents and culture, and getting to know other students who were as interested in connecting with the community as I was. I especially enjoy leading classroom reflections and participating in the CBL Dialogue Sessions that allow students to reflect upon their service experiences in an open, reassuring way. I cannot believe this is my last year at Holy Cross, but I am looking forward to further deepening my relationships with the Intern community, CBL students, and Worcester. I am also excited for my two new leadership positions within CBL this year, serving as a CBL Placement Assistant and with the Pause Project.
Yadary Gutierrez ‘23
Hello! My name is Yadary Gutierrez and I am a junior. I am an international studies major with a creative writing minor. I am from North Bergen, NJ. This year I am also the Co-director of Community Relations. I was first introduced to CBL through Professor Cohen’s course “Community Beat.” In this course, a few of my classmates and I wrote about stress among the marginalized and oppressed at Holy Cross. This opportunity allowed me to learn more about the daily struggles of our diverse community at Holy Cross and how we as a community can help. This year I am excited to be a volunteer at Ascentria and to make new connections with the Worcester and Holy Cross community. I also look forward to learning more about social justice issues in our community and becoming a part of the CBL team!
Kat Hauver ‘22
Hello! I am a senior Sociology major and Business, Ethics, and Society minor from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. I became involved with the CBL through Professor Francis’ “Death & Society” Montserrat class. I had the opportunity to volunteer at Rose Monahan Hospice Home weekly, where I was able to apply the skills I learned in the classroom to the community. This helped me gain a deeper understanding of the purpose of the course. During my sophomore year, I continued to visit Rose Monahan weekly and strengthened my connection with the community. This past year, I volunteered virtually at St. Mary’s Healthcare Center. This year, I will have the opportunity to be a Community Development and Meeting Coordinator and a Classroom Facilitator. I am excited for the upcoming year and am incredibly thankful for the chance to engage with other members of the community!
Jocelyn Hernandez ‘23
Hi everyone! I am a junior English and Political Science double major from Belleville, NJ. My parents are Peruvian and Guatemalan but I was born in the US. One of my areas of interest is criminal law. At HC, I am part of the Mock Trial Team. A major goal for me is to be able to use my interest in law to one day contribute to the breakdown of many social norms and serve justice. My first experience with CBL was through my Spanish 302 course: "Espanol Para Hispanohablantes." At Ascentria, I volunteered and tutored high school, refugee students. I also played multiple games with them so that they could practice their English. I will be studying abroad in Granada, Spain this fall. Some of the things I look forward to are learning more about Spanish culture and immersing myself in different activities and traditions. For the spring semester, I look forward to continuing my work with Ascentria and the CBL community to discover more ways that I can address issues of social justice within the Worcester community.
Anthony Mabardy ‘24
My name is Anthony and I am a sophomore political science major from Lexington, Massachusetts. My first experience with CBL was in Professor Lipsitz’s Montserrat course, “The Science of Happiness”. This past spring I tutored low-income elementary school students from The Nativity School of Worcester. Despite our interactions being fully virtual, by applying my knowledge of the course I was able to make meaningful relationships with the students. Having this experience was consistently the highlight of my week. This inspired me to become more involved with CBL and the values of the program. This coming year, I am looking forward to being a classroom facilitator for some of the CBL courses and having the opportunity to connect with other students who have similar interests and experiences. This will allow me to have a space to share my experiences as well as learn from those of my peers. Additionally, as a CBL Placement Assistant I will help coordinate the Fall 2021 CBL Community Engagement Night.
Alison Maloney ‘23
Hi everyone! My name is Alison Maloney and I’m a junior Classics major and Asian Studies minor from Norwell, Massachusetts. I first became involved with CBL through Professor Ryan’s Montserrat course, “Identity, Diversity, and Community.” Throughout the year, I visited St. Mary Healthcare Center in Worcester where I was able to engage weekly with a resident in their care. It was so fulfilling to see principles discussed in class come to life as I formed lasting connections with my community partner. Through this unique opportunity, I was able to discover so much more about important topics like marginalization, disability, intersectionality, and service. Now, I am truly grateful to be serving more closely with the Donelan Office as a new intern. This year I will be serving as a Marketing Coordinator while also acting as a liaison between SPUD, CBL, and social justice initiatives at Holy Cross. Although campus may still be a bit different due to the pandemic, I’m optimistic for the upcoming year and I look forward to connecting with members of Holy Cross, Worcester, and beyond.
Valentina Maza ‘23
¡Hola! I’m a junior majoring in International Studies with a minor in Education and a concentration in Peace and Conflicts. I was born and raised in Venezuela but moved to Delaware a few years ago. My CBL journey started through a class named ‘’Social Ethics’’ during my freshman year. I volunteered at the Marie Anne Center where I taught English to non-native speakers. As an English learner and immigrant myself, my site was an opportunity to connect back with my community and reflect on our experiences while learning. This year, I am excited to be serving as a Coordinator for Worcester Public Schools Transition Program.
Patrick McQuillen ‘23
I am a Junior, History major with a minor in Deaf Studies from Natick, Massachusetts. Throughout my first year at the college I became involved in the CBL community through Professor Ryan’s “Identity, Diversity, and Community” Montserrat seminar, and my engagement at the Ascentria Center where I led “conversation classes” and assisted teachers with their various needs throughout the school day. The opportunity to work with immigrants opened my eyes to many of the hardships that immigrants can face on a daily basis and inspired me to apply for the CBL Intern role. During my sophomore year at Holy Cross, and first year as a CBL intern, I was given the opportunity to participate in Professor Sterk Barrett's course, "Community Engagement and Social Responsibility." This seminar helped me recognize how a variety of social justice issues (Like immigration, homelessness and incarceration) are interconnected to each other . Outside of CBL, I am a member of the Holy Cross Club Rugby team. This year, I look forward to learning more about the college's teaching values by assuming the role of marketing intern and classroom facilitator.
Fernanda Perez-Alvarez ‘24
Hi everyone! My name is Fernanda and I'm an undeclared sophomore that is interested in the biology major. I was born and raised in San Jose, California. I am Mexican-American as well as bilingual. I was first introduced to CBL through my Spanish 302 class, "Espanol Para Hispañohablantes" with Prof. Cañigueral Batllosera. Sadly I took this course my first semester during the pandemic (when it was still relatively "new"), and it was a bit difficult to get in touch with some students and volunteer my time. However, I am extremely excited to be serving as a CBL Intern and helping other students so they may have an empowering experience during their CBL courses. This year I am excited to be a Community Development and Meeting Coordinator as well as a Classroom Facilitator. I am super excited to be serving alongside the other CBL Interns and getting to know the Worcester community.
Emily Taylor ‘22
Hello! I’m a senior psychology major and neuroscience minor from Hopkinton, Massachusetts. My involvement with CBL began my very first semester at HC when I took Pr. Ryan’s Montserrat course, “Identity, Diversity, and Community”. I’ve since had the opportunity to work alongside ESL students in the Worcester Public Schools through volunteering in second and third grade classrooms at Woodland Academy and helping juniors and seniors at Claremont Academy with exam prep. The connections that I made at my CBL sites very meaningfully contextualized my coursework and fundamentally changed how I view service, and I’m so fortunate to have had the opportunity to further my involvement with the Donelan Office as an Intern. This year, I will assist in coordinating the annual Non-Profit Careers Conference as well as serve as a classroom facilitator. I’m looking forward to gaining more first-hand experiences that build upon my studies in a way that brings me closer to my community, both on campus and in Worcester.
Morgan Vacca ‘23
Hi! I am a junior accounting major from Canton, CT. My first year I became involved with CBL through Professor Guth’s “Social Ethics” class. I had the opportunity to volunteer at Dress for Success in Worcester, where I was able to participate in the promotion of female empowerment and economic independence. In my first year at Holy Cross, I also spent time connecting with the Worcester community through serving meals at the Mustard Seed Catholic Worker House. These experiences have shaped what I’d like my last two years at Holy Cross to look like, and even my years beyond that. As an intern this year, I look forward to serving as a Dialogue Session Coordinator and WPS Transition Coordinator.