The Programming Team oversees the development of CommonGround's curriculum, training and onboarding of facilitators, coordination of workshops, and curriculum.
Aide Aguirre: Graduate Student Intern
Aide was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. She came to the US with her mom in 1990 and was undocumented for eleven years. Her experience as an undocumented student in elementary and middle school in great part informed her first-hand knowledge about racism and discrimination. She earned a B.A. in American Studies with a focus in Education and Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010; it was there that she discovered her passion for activism and social justice. She has spent the last eleven years working in the non-profit sector with BIPOC communities in Los Angeles County.
She is passionate about centering the experiences of BIPOC students in higher education, the role that institutions of higher education play in perpetuating the imposter syndrome, and creating systems that will ensure the success of BIPOC students in higher education.
Renée Boudreau: Workshop Facilitator
Renée (she/her/hers) is a junior studying Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Intergroup Relations. She was a workshop facilitator with CommonGround for two years before becoming a Program Coordinator. Renée brings this previous experience into her work as she builds agendas and supports current facilitators. Her favorite parts about CommonGround are its values of community building and mutual care, because they’ve allowed her to build meaningful relationships across differences. These relationships, she feels, have built a strong team of people who are refreshed, authentic, and work well together. And, they carry into CommonGround workshops, which allows these values to be shared with other people. In a society with systems of oppression which support individualism and division, CommonGround creates a small pocket of the world that Renée is fighting to live in.
Jordan Hunter: Program Assistant
Jordan (she/they) is a second-year undergraduate studying Sociology with a minor in Intergroup Relations Education. As the Program Assistant for CommonGround, she is responsible for evaluating CommonGround workshops. Outside of CommonGround, they work as a research assistant for the Multicultural Praxis Lab. In their free time, they love trying any of the boba places on campus and anything arts and crafts related!
Phoebe Kim: Program Coordinator
Phoebe (she/her) is a 1.5 generation Korean American who is a Program Coordinator for CommonGround. Prior to being a Program Coordinator, she was a Workshop Facilitator for CommonGround. She was drawn to CommonGround’s missions of community building and social justice education. For her first year of undergrad, she attended Bryn Mawr College before transferring to the University of Michigan in Fall 2019. She's a Sociology major with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She's dedicated to working towards liberation for all marginalized people, and CommonGround has been a facet for her to mobilize.
Jen Lopez: Graduate Student Intern
Jen is one of two graduate student interns at CommonGround. As a graduate intern, Jen oversees the development and implementation of curricula for CommonGround workshops. Coming from the Pacific Northwest, Jen graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor's degree in sociology. After graduation, she joined Teach For America (TFA) as a Spanish teacher for a local charter school in New Orleans, LA. With this introduction into the field of education, Jen pursued a position at Whitman College as the Program Advisor for the Intercultural Center. During her tenure at Whitman, Jen held the roles of Assistant Director for the Intercultural Center and the International Student and Scholar Advisor. After five years working in higher education, Jen decided to pursue a Master's degree in Higher Education. Jen is currently a first-year graduate student at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, with a concentration in diversity and social justice. Jen is committed to challenging systems and structures that perpetuate the oppression of racially minoritized people, particularly students of color at historically white colleges/universities. In her free time, Jen enjoys going on nature hikes, spending time with loved ones and is a big foodie.
Amanda Putti: Logistics Coordinator
Amanda (she/her/hers) is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in CASC. She was introduced to dialogue and social justice work in high school and has been passionate about it ever since. Outside of CommonGround, she works on developing educational material about community engagement and volunteering. In the future, she hopes to work to combat health disparities and study how disparities affect health outcomes. In her free time, Amanda enjoys running, traveling, and baking.