Community Service Committee
Are you interested in doing direct service involving not only Filipino issues but also the surrounding community with a group of awesome people? In addition to continuing our efforts to cultivate these relationships with community organizations like PAWIS (Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants), we also aim to engage in direct service within the surrounding communities. This includes collaborating with Challah for Hunger, SPOON (cooking breakfast for the Opportunity Center), the Haas Center, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Asian American Donor Program, and more! CommServe also organizes events like Mano Po, a program to honor Filipino veterans, and the annual CommServe/Kababayan environmental justice dinner to raise awareness and funds for indigenous communities in Mindanao. By mobilizing the greater Stanford community to reach out to the underserved, with a special focus on our Filipino brothers and sisters, we celebrate the spirit of bayanihan that is endemic to the Filipino heritage. Join CommSwerve! You'll make a difference and have a blast!
Hey everyone! I’m Naomi, a sophomore born and raised in the wonderful city of Manila. That is, until my family moved to Southern California when I was 12. When I actually find myself with free time, I often spend it watching food videos, reading translations of Japanese dystopian novels, and napping outdoors in the sunshine. I define true happiness as waking up knowing that you can accomplish things today and do absolutely nothing tomorrow. Community service has always been an established part of my life-- volunteer work helped me gain a sense of identity within my community and realize the impact of service when extended to an international scale. During my freshman year, I served as a frosh intern for CommServe, and it was through that experience that I truly discovered my new pamilya at Stanford. Since then, my desire to serve the community alongside the amazing individuals of PASU has only grown stronger, and it is something that I aim to cultivate during my term as one of this year’s CommServe co-chairs.
*as described by current PASU co-chair Roland Centeno* Janzoille (jane-zoy-LEE) Sotero (sawt-EE-row) is happy to be a co-chair for the Community Service Committee. She was born in New Jersey, but considers Sacramento, CA home. Swerving the people is an important part of her life and being a part of this committee in PASU allows her to pursue her passion for service while also learning about Filipino culture and issues along the way. She also works in the Diversity and First Generation Office, where she is able to be part of a group that supports first-generation and/or low-income students and creates a more interconnected community at her new home of Stanford. Janzoille looks up to her fellow co-chairs, who act as role models and constant sources of guidance in her life (especially Roland, he's super cool). She lives by the motto "treat yo self" and is an eternal source of sass and shade. An explorer, she can be found on a Saturday randomly wandering the law school, or exploring internally to figure out what to do with her life. Janz loves hanging out with friends, eating good food, and being late to CommSwerve meetings.