CSUDH Students & Faculty Share What Inspires Them to Give Back

CSUDH Students & Faculty Share What Inspires Them to Give Back

October 9, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


>>I feel like before,
I was just by myself. I’m not going to get distracted
by anything or anybody. I’m just here on a mission. That’s what I thought. But I started to realize that I
don’t want to be just a student. I want to be like a
motivation to somebody.>>I love my job. I wanted to be able to have
a place, like a laboratory on campus that people
could actually get hands-on into making a difference. The CSUDH Urban Farm is
one part of the operation that we’re building here,
and we have energy systems, we have food systems, we
have transportation systems. And we’re trying to make
them more sustainable.>>I started to volunteer a lot
to just let myself get exposed to different things
that I wasn’t used to, to get out of that comfort zone.>>One of the reasons
I teach here is because my own artwork
has a really strong tie to the LA community. There’s some really
amazing artists who live and work in South Los Angeles. They want to work
with our students and when they actually
meet these artists, it’s like very transformative. They start to realize that
their time here at CSUDH isn’t about finding something new to
make art about, it’s actually about how to shape and engage
the community with the things that are already
important to them.>>I want to become
an orthopedic surgeon and right now I have an
internship at Kaiser. That’s one of the
things I want to do in the outside world is
just to help the community. I’m not only changing my life, but I’m also changing
other people’s lives.>>It is that thing of like I
want to get up and work hard to change things for the
future, to make things better. I want to interact
with my community. How does this small system that
we’re building out here relate to the larger regional system? Because ultimately that has
to happen for the entire city, the entire country,
the entire world.>>My name is Devon.>>My name is Jonny.>>My name is Jenney
and I’m a Toro.