Meet the 2023-2024 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.
“[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
Kai Harris ’26
Hometown: Ridgefield, Connecticut
Major: Environmental Studies
Kai enjoys photography, nature, tennis, snowboarding, art, and fighting for environmental/social justice. He hopes to use his privilege of working in the art position to connect Bates and the local community together to spark passion and excitement for the arts, along with creating meaningful connections between students and local residents.
Kai will be coordinating arts programming.
Ulyses Hernandez Felipe ‘24
Hometown: Portland, Oregon|
Ulyses coordinates programming with ethnic community-based organizations (ECBOs).
Nimco Jama ’25
Hometown: Hargeisa, Somalia
Nimco was born and raised in Hargeisa, Somaliland. She went to Midland high school in Los Olivos, California. She is currently a Junior at Bates. She is interested in studying Biology and Spanish for now, hopefully going into public health later. She loves working with the Lewiston community in different programs. In her free time, she enjoys biking by the river, running, writing, and playing board games with friends.
Nimco coordinates food access programming.
Leslie Jimenez ’26
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major: Politics with a minor in French
As a community-oriented person, Leslie has worked with the Harward Center since her freshman year and is a dedicated advocate for Lewiston youth. Prior to becoming a Community Outreach Fellow, she worked at Connors Elementary School as a BCAT. On campus, she is a member of Snaggletooth, Bates’ student-run literary magazine (She highly encourages you to read!) and enjoys taking walks around the Lewiston area.
Leslie will be coordinating programming at Tree Street Youth.
Trinity Monstwillo ’26
Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon
Major: Politics with a Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor
Trinity enjoys tea, reading, and spending time with family. She is a sophomore studying institutional politics and plans to attend law school after her time here. She knew she wanted to get more involved in the Lewiston/ Auburn community after participating in the Middle School Lunch program her first year.
She values building relationships with the community and is excited for that to deepen within the coming years.
Trinity coordinates programming at Lewiston Middle School. She also coordinates volunteer opportunities related to athletics.
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 and Marketing Office at Bates as the Student Liaison, where she attempts to bridge the gap between the Communications and Marketing 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.
Ava Petrin ‘24
Hometown: Leeds, Maine
Major: Politics with a minor in Japanese
Ava was born and raised in Leeds, Maine (15 minutes away from campus!) and attended Leavitt Area High School. As a local student, she cherishes giving back to the community that has shown her love, kindness, and support her whole life. She is interested in Constitutional Law and learning Japanese, hopefully living in Japan periodically in the future. In her free time, she enjoys bingeing One Piece, cooking new recipes, and spending time with her farm animals back home.
Ava coordinates mentoring programming.
Annie Robinson ’26
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Annie loves hiking, baking, going on picnics, and especially meeting all the dogs on campus. Freshman year, she joined the frisbee team and fell in love with the Book Buddies program at Connors Elementary School.
Annie is excited to be more of a part of the Lewiston-Auburn community this year by coordinating the Playground Pals program.
Anna Sarrazin ’24
Hometown: Berlin, Connecticut
Major: Earth and Climate
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.
Samuel Skinner ’26
Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota
A former BCAT himself, Samuel has worked in education both in Lewiston/Auburn and in his hometown of Saint Paul. His goal is to eliminate barriers between Bates and the community it inhabits through community-engaged work. When he’s not involved with the Harward Center, he’s usually cooking up a storm or hiking with the Bates Outing Club.
Samuel coordinates placements for America Reads/America Counts tutors and Bates Civic Action Team (BCAT) members.
Emily Walsh ’24
Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Major: Neuroscience with a Public Health concentration
Emily has been engaging with the Lewiston/Auburn community since her first year at Bates as a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and a volunteer at Clover Nursing Home, which have been some of her favorite parts of her Bates experience! She also works as a rehab technician at a local brain injury clinic and a research assistant for a developmental cognitive neuroscience lab. When not doing these things, she loves hammocking with friends, spending lots of time in Commons, and exploring all around Maine.
She is very excited to be coordinating programming for older adults this year, with a focus on brunches at Blake Street Towers, and hopes that many of you will get involved!