Meet Our Volunteers
Meet a few of our campus members who are giving back to the community. To share your volunteer story, email email@example.com.
Sneha Jayaprakash, who recently graduated with the Class of 2016, wants to change how volunteers connect with local nonprofits. While at UC San Diego, Jayaprakash teamed up with fellow service-minded students to design a mobile app, Giventure, that would make it easy for volunteers to find service opportunities that match their skills, interests and schedules.
Ella Goldweber is a volunteer guide with UC San Diego's Visitors Tour Program, which provides free tours of UC San Diego for the general public. Goldweber has a nearly 25-year connection with the campus. She was a social worker at the UC San Diego Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Center. Working at the Hillcrest hospital location, Goldweber explained that she did not know much about the main campus. She wanted to learn more about UC San Diego’s history and give back, which is why she decided to volunteer as a tour guide.
For graduate student Andrew Lanez, volunteering at Howard Pence Elementary School for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service was particularly special, as Howard Pence was his elementary school. Lanez joined a group of volunteers painting inspirational murals alongside the main quad. The murals depicted colleges and universities to reflect the school’s mission of promoting a college-going attitude among its students. “It feels awesome giving back because this is the place where I used to learn,” says Lanez.
Staff member Jacqueline Azize-Brewer was looking for an opportunity to volunteer with her then 7-year-old daughter when she heard about the UC San Diego volunteer night at the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Nearly two years later, the volunteer night has become an activity that Azize-Brewer, her daughter and her mother look forward to each month.
Heryang Lee and Terence Tse
UC San Diego students Heryang Lee and Terence Tse are co-directors of Seismic Outreach, an academic program that teaches local sixth graders about earthquake science and engineering in a fun and engaging way: by building K’NEX structures and testing them on a mini shake table. The volunteer-run program aims to help young students become effective communicators and more engaged citizens, and inspire them to choose engineering careers in the future.
For Scott Primack, a staff member with UC San Diego Housing, Dining and Hospitality, one of the best parts of volunteering is the joy that comes from sharing his knowledge with others. Primack volunteers as a docent on the Hornblower Adventure during the grey whale season, representing the San Diego Natural History Museum and sharing his enthusiasm for local marine and bird life. He also serves as an usher at the La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe and the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre; assists with data entry for the Veterans Village of San Diego Stand Down; helps out at the San Diego Food Bank and volunteers for various campus activities.