Honors Fellows for Social Change

Learn more about our inspiring cohorts of honors fellows who are using their education to serve their communities and create a better world.

Meet Our Fellows

Teddy Lee

Cohort 2 (2020)

As a future nurse, Teddy hopes to combine his interests in technological advances and social justice to interrupt the current health care field and better support underprivileged communities.
Bismark Asare

Cohort 2 (2020)

Bismark Asare is the founder of the GodAsares foundation in Ghana, which provides sanctuary for people living with HIV/AIDS. He has also worked to empower children and women in the northern and southern rural regions of Ghana.
Erika Torres

Cohort 2 (2020)

With a longtime commitment to community building, Erika takes inspiration from a line in the novel “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven:” “No story sits by itself. Our lives connect like threads on a loom, interwoven in ways we never realize.”
Tesla Holman

Cohort 2 (2020)

Tesla’s hope is to use her mathematical sciences degree to educate people on how the meat and dairy industries affect climate change and to propose some possible solutions to the climate crisis.
Jenica Salvador

Cohort 2 (2020)

Jenica places high importance on empowerment and education as a means to social change and believes that the evils of the world are perpetuated mostly through ignorance of social issues. She aims to utilize her degree to spread awareness and to advocate for disadvantaged populations.
Tyler Tamai

Cohort 2 (2020)

Tyler’s educational journey has spanned numerous areas of focus, including homelessness, poverty, and mental health disorders. He has provided care for several diverse populations, including those who find themselves homeless and those struggling with substance abuse disorders.
Alexandra Cohen

Cohort 3 (2021)

Alexandra works outside of school as the executive assistant for Accomplishment Coaching and as the producer of guest and artist relations for its media company, Accomplishment Media, and the Coaching Show Podcast.
Keith Fricke

Cohort 3 (2021)

Keith says that his own strengths lay in taking a team, finding its strengths, building an atmosphere of trust and collaboration, and then coming together to exceed expectations.
Sarah Murray

Cohort 3 (2021)

For several years, Sarah conducted research on mental health and on the mental health care system, which translated into her current goal of attaining a law degree so that she can work effectively with underrepresented communities in navigating California’s legal system.
Tyler Salyer

Cohort 3 (2021)

Tyler has increasingly become invested in progressive social movements that are fighting for civil and economic equality for everyone, regardless of race, gender, class, or religion. He is specifically interested in voting rights and activist work.
Kris Sharpe

Cohort 3 (2021)

Kris is committed to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged communities and is invested in, among other issues, immigration reform, the wealth gap, environmental protection, and racial and LGBTQ+ justice.
Leslie Torres

Cohort 3 (2021)

Leslie’s ultimate goal is to become an elementary teacher and to work to ensure every child gets an equitable education regardless of their demographic. She hopes to motivate children to become critical thinkers and instill in them the desire to learn.
Cole Vitolano

Cohort 3 (2021)

Cole strives to promote the creative arts in American society in the hopes that it will foster a holistic healing of injustice across the nation and encourage a cultural commitment to humanitarianism.
Candice Wagenleitner

Cohort 3 (2021)

After losing her oldest son, Candice made the commitment to give something back to the international community where she sees a huge need for simple things that Americans take for granted, such as access to clean water and basic medical care.
Karyn Wells-Leigh

Cohort 3 (2021)

Karyn has had a rich set of life experiences that includes working as an educational and freelance interpreter in Denver, then after having three children and moving to Portland, Oregon, she became a certified childbirth educator and labor and delivery doula.
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