Public Service Center

Mike Bishop

Interim Director

bishop@berkeley.edu

Responsibilities

  • Manage staff and financial resources and represent the Center to the university community and external stakeholders including community partners and alumni
  • Provide general oversight including orientation, supervision, coaching, evaluation, and ongoing professional development to a staff team of 10 who formulate, implement, and assess 50+ experiential-based service programs and projects
  • Develop strategic partnerships with faculty, academic advisers, and deans; advise faculty, staff and students in integrating community based learning into research and academic course content

What makes you passionate about working with students?

I am committed to offering students—especially those who come from low-income backgroundsopportunities to practice democracy by providing high quality, transformational learning experiences that help them to develop professional and practical leadership skills. I strongly believe in the Center’s mission to connect people through shared learning and collaborative action for social justice. Students are the young change-makers who can strengthen democracy and move our society toward the beloved community.

Interests/Hobbies

  • Gardening
  • Community-based work, including supporting Catalyst Project and Caus a Justa Just Cause
  • Hiking and beachcombing

Rosa Garcia

Administrative Assistant II  

garcia53@berkeley.edu

Responsibilities

Finance area of University Village, dealing with daily invoices, blu-card purchases reconciliation of the general ledger, giving and receiving new vendor information, reconciliation of The village garden and the VRA (village residents association) check book, back up staff at the front desk for move in and out of University Village family student housing assisting resident with family issues and maintenance issues after school activities for children. Translator for Spanish speaking custodial staff. Assisting all co-workers whenever needed, with other issues work and non-work related time allowing of course.

What makes you passionate about working with students?

It is never boring working with Students they all have their own story.
University Village Family Student Housing is unique in every-way when dealing with Student issues, because it involves the whole family from everywhere around the world ( cultures, religion, food, habits good and bad ones) everyday life can be a new experience for them coming to the United States for the first time. I love my job and helping and assistant Students every day, in any way I can.

Interests/Hobbies

I like to swim & go to the gym.
I love my African love birds.
I like my pet’s dogs and chickens.
I like to knit in my spear time.
I enjoy quite time at home in my favorite chair and fall asleep or take a nap in the middle of the day.
I totally enjoy time with my one and only son Steven whenever he has time for me.


Suzan Akin

Interim Assistant Director; Faculty & Graduate Student Programs Manager

suzanakin@berkeley.edu

Responsibilities

  • Co-Lead the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship Program with Victoria Robinson, Director of American Cultures.
  • Support faculty and graduate students in incorporating community-based work into their teaching and research.
  • Coordinate communications, outreach, and operations for the Public Service Center.

What makes you passionate about working with students?

College is a unique time and place--things that students experience now can shape who they are and what they choose to do. I am always energized by the passion that students show for making things happen, especially when it comes to creating social change. I am excited every day to be part of creating opportunities that help students discover their strengths, values, and passions, and to support them in figuring out how to contribute to creating a just and equitable world.

Interests/Hobbies

  • I love pretty much anything outdoors: hiking, swimming, biking, etc.
  • I'm a runner and have also done triathlons.
  • Photography

Muttika Chaturabul

Government and Civil Society Program Manager

mootix87@berkeley.edu

Responsibilities

Oversee the Public Service Center’s government and civil society internship programs including Cal in the Capital, Cal in the Local Government, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

What makes you passionate about working with students?

Student activism at Cal shaped the social and political understanding of my life narrative. Student organizing exposed me to a various mechanism of advocating for communities experiencing issues such as social injustices, economic inequality, and political under-representation. My experiences as a former student at Cal keeps me grounded and remains the driving force of all my career trajectories in making education accessible and relevant to students.

Interests/Hobbies

I enjoy going on traveling adventures, exploring new eateries, and spending time in good company.


Rajelin Escondo

Service Coordinator for Student Groups

rescondo@berkeley.edu

 

Responsibilities

Rajelin advises all new students interested in engaging with public service as well as the Student Initiated Community Projects program where 32 student groups receive grants and focused advising to carry out their service mission across the Bay Area. She also advises the Residential Service Initiative, supporting service engagement within on-campus housing, as well as the student coalition groups such as Berkeley Service Network and the Human Rights of the Incarcerated coalition.

What makes you passionate about working with students?

It is my deepest passion to support students in engaging with their community in a way that is true to their story and personal identities while supporting community needs. I believe that community engagement can be a powerful experiential learning opportunity that develops students’ sense of agency in affecting positive change and in actualizing their own dreams. It is my hope that their experience shapes a critical social consciousness and supports their continued engagement.

Interests/Hobbies

I try my best to maintain a mellow disposition by meditating, exploring new beaches, yoga, attempting arts and crafts projects, eating good food, and spending quality time with friends.


Carrie Donovan

K-14 Programs Manager

carriedonovan@berkeley.edu

Responsibilities

  • Coordinates partnerships with local public schools and youth programs, including BUILD reading tutoring and creative arts partnerships through CREATE.
  • Advises students interested in supporting education, including student groups that sponsor mentoring, tutoring, or teaching programs.

What makes you passionate about working with students?

Students can be incredible mentors to youth. I love helping Cal students discover their gifts as educators. It's incredibly powerful to them share their own love of learning with others.

Interests/Hobbies

Reading fiction especially by first-time authors, dance, collage, & creative writing.


Fela Thomas

Student Leadership Programs Manager

fthomas@berkeley.edu 

 

Responsiblities

  • In collaboration with PSC staff and Student leader, lead the Centerwide Student Leadership Training and Development Model
  • Co-Lead with a Student Director the Bonner Leaders in Direct Service Program
  • Co-Lead with a Student Director the East Bay Community Builders Program
  • Manage the Haas Leaders Program and Scholarship

What makes you passionate about working with students?

Students’ excitement about learning ways of engaging with the surrounding communities feeds my passion to do this work. Supporting their engagement in a collective process with various communities to address pressing problems continues to keep active my passion for Student Development and Social Justice work.

Interests/Hobbies

  • Working for Justice
  • Learning histories of people
  • Cooking
  • DJ'ing