Meet the 2022-2023 Community Outreach Fellows

Community Outreach Fellows serve as part-time members of the Harward Center staff, helping to connect the college to the off-campus community in mutually transformative ways. Each Fellow is responsible for working with Harward Center staff and community partners to coordinate and/or develop site- or issue-based volunteer programs.

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“[Working with organization staff, high school youth, Bates students and community volunteers] reminded me of the power of teamwork and the power of people of different backgrounds coming together.” – Former Community Outreach Fellow

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Gabriel Alvarez ‘23

Hometown: Brookline, Massachusetts

Major: Biology, with an Education minor

Gabe enjoys gardening on campus, and he is passionate about environmental causes, prison reentry and injustice, and education inequality.

Gabe is coordinating programming for elderly and younger disabled residents at Hillview and Lafayette Park.

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Emma Johnston ‘23

Hometown: Bradenton, Florida

Major: Biochemistry, with an Educational Studies minor

Emma has worked with Lewiston elementary schools since her first-year at Bates, when she was a BCAT. Her love for community engaged work led her to her minor in Education. In her free time, she enjoys baking and hiking. 

Emma coordinates placements for America Reads/America Counts tutors and Bates Civic Action Team (BCAT).

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Annika Mirchandani ‘23

Hometown: Weston, Connecticut

Major: Environmental Studies, with an Education minor

Annika enjoys running, baking, and exploring Maine with friends during her free time. She has worked as a Community Outreach Fellow since Winter of 2020, and also works at the Bates office of Admission.  She has been working in and with Lewiston Public Schools since 2019, and is really looking forward to her final year as a Community Outreach Fellow working with Blake Street Towers and other elder care programs.

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Lauren Nudi ‘23

Hometown: Wayzata, Minnesota

Major: Anthropology, with Education and French & Francophone Studies minors

Lauren enjoys spending time outside with friends, reading, and playing frisbee. She loves her role as a Community Outreach Fellow because it gives her the opportunity to connect with Lewiston/Auburn locals and get to know her community better. Lauren is particularly passionate about equal opportunity education and youth mental health advocacy.

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Maddie Lee ‘24

Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island

Major: Environmental Studies

Maddie enjoys cooking vegan food, reading, and gardening. At Bates, she is part of the Track and Field team and sings in an a cappella group. Maddie is passionate about food and land justice. 

Maddie coordinates Food and Nutrition Programming, which includes regular opportunities to volunteer with the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center.

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Aaliyah Moore ‘24

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Major: Politics and Africana with five concentrations including English, Racisms, and Popular Culture

Community engagement is a strong passion of Aaliyah’s that stems from her drive to give back, so she submerges herself in community-driven work every given opportunity. In addition to being a community Outreach Fellow, she works as a Racial Bonner Justice Fellow Developing community engagement relationships and opportunities that center the vision and leadership of BIPOC students and strengthen connections between the College and community organizations that prioritize racial equity, justice, and healing.  She also works in the Communications Office at Bates as the Student Liaison, where she attempts to bridge the gap between the Communications Office and students and ensure equity and inclusion. Her motto is “Success isn’t just what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do.” 

Aaliyah coordinates volunteer opportunities for legal reform and social justice.

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Anna Sarrazin ‘24
Hometown:  Berlin, Connecticut
Major: Earth and Climate Science

Along with her work at the Harward Center, Anna is a member of Bates’s garden club and the a cappella group TakeNote. Anna loves gardening, camping, hiking, and spending time with her dog, Barley. 

Anna coordinates the Book Buddies Program, which seeks to foster an appreciation of reading in local elementary school students.

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Olivia Reynolds ‘25
Hometown: Cumberland, Maine
Major: Sociology, with a minor in Education

Growing up and going to school in Maine has encouraged Olivia to get involved with community efforts to make resources more accessible, particularly to new Mainers. Olivia is excited to take initiative through the Harward Center to further the connection between Bates and the residents of Lewiston. Olivia is also a part of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams at Bates. She loves live music, the snow, good food, and the ocean.

Olivia coordinates After School Programs.

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Mary Beth Tune ‘25

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Major: Art History and English

Mary Beth enjoys participating in the Bates College Choir, cooking, and spending time outdoors. She worked with Lewiston elementary schools through the BCAT Tutoring program last year.

She loves art and looks forward to helping connect her fellow students with the Lewiston community and making art more accessible.

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Starr Bradley ’25 

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Major: Psychology with a minor in Africana

Starr has a passion for cooking southern recipes and exploring new things. At Bates, she spends the majority of her time in the Office of Intercultural Education helping first generation students build connections and get the desired help they need to succeed at Bates.

She is excited to start the year contributing her time with the Playground Pals Program.

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Nimco Jama ’25 

Hometown: Hargeisa, Somalia
Major: Biochemistry

Nimco was born and raised in Hargeisa, Somaliland. She went to Midland high school in Los Olivos, California. She is currently a Sophomore at Bates. She is interested in studying Biochemistry for now, hopefully going into public health later. She loves working with children. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, writing, and playing board games with friends.

Nimco will be coordinating the Big Brother Big Sisters of Mid Maine program!