How Organizing Can Help Us Get Through the Recent Events in Tennessee—and Activate Our Local Community
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Let’s get to know Asteroid Toles and Chauntel Santillan, our College Corps interns!
Asteroid and Chauntel come to us through our partnership with University of the Pacific’s newly-launched College Corps program. The program pairs students in Stockton with local organizations and then provides them with hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for meaningful community service.
Asteroid Toles (uses they/them pronouns) is from Cleveland, OH, and is in their second year as a transfer student majoring in music industry studies. Asteroid has years of volunteer experience working as a tutor, serving in community gardens and feeding the unhoused. In their free time, they like to read, write, play Sims 4 and take long walks around campus.
Chauntel Santillan is from Lathrop, and she is a second-year student studying pre-pharmacy. She loves volunteering and serving others in the community. Chauntel also enjoys participating in the Filipino culture club, Kilusan, and dancing with groups on campus.
Currently, Asteroid and Chauntel are collaborating on social media infographics to educate people about community resources. Asteroid is also focused on connecting UOP’s LGBTQ community with Faith in the Valley.
“What I love most about Faith in the Valley is that the organization cares about people in the community as genuine people—not just as statistics or as problems that need to be solved,” Asteroid said. “There is an emphasis on empowering people so they can make good decisions for themselves and their families.”