Meet our Student Team

Purposeful Work Fellows

Students in this peer advisory role demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills, a deep understanding of the exploration related to Purposeful Work, and proven success in aligning their Bates experience with their future plans.  Fellows work closely with the Center for Purposeful Work professional staff to:

  • Engage first-years and sophomores to launch their exploration process
  • Educate and guide fellow students through workshops, events and drop-in hours
  • Serve as role models by sharing their own experiences
  • Assist the Center in developing strategies to fully engage students, faculty, and staff

2019-20 Purposeful Work Fellows:

Viridiana Chavez ’20

Viridiana Chavez ’20 is a senior from Chicago, Illinois. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chinese with a concentration of Knowledge, Action, and The Public Good. This past summer, Viridiana was an intern with the Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health (CIMH) at Chicago and the Illinois Chapter, American Academy for Pediatrics (ICAAP).

She participated in planning meetings for various community health organizations, developed a list a of grants for immigration initiatives, assisted a local family facing financial and personal challenges and updated Professional Training Resources for Working with Refugee and Immigrant Communities, among other projects.

When at Bates, she continues her work as a Purposeful Work Fellow while volunteering at the Tree Street Youth Center, coordinating college-prep workshops for Lewiston High School students. This past Spring, she studied abroad in Kunming, China to further her Mandarin skills and solidify her interest in global health. After graduation, Viri hopes to pursue a career in public health that caters to the accessibility of healthcare for the immigrant and refugee population.

Meg Robinson ’20

Meg Robinson ’20 is a senior from Riverside, CT. She is a Biochemistry major and Spanish minor, with a concentration in applied mathematics. At Bates, Meg is a member of the Bates EMS service, as well as a captain of the women’s water polo team. She spent the fall semester in Lima, Peru, where she studied Spanish language and Latin American culture. Meg spent this past summer conducting research here at Bates, in the solid-state chemistry lab of Prof. Geneva Laurita. Through this experience, she was able to conduct neutron scattering experiments at Oak Ridge National Lab, as well as present her research to peers and faculty. Her other work experience includes two summers spent as a medical assistant, in which she helped to assess patients and facilitate appointments. After graduation, Meg plans to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry, and continue to conduct chemical research.

El Khansaa Kaddioui ’20

Alexandria Onuoha ’20

Alexandria Onuoha ’20 is a senior from Malden, MA and studies Psychology and Dance as a double major with a GEC in The Human Body. She is Jamaican and Nigerian and loves to highlight that in her art form by expressing the cultural ideals of both countries. Alexandria is also a social justice activist and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion as shown in her leadership roles at Bates in Amandla, Women of Color, and Caribbean Student Association. This past summer Alexandria served as an undergraduate research assistant in Harvard’s Clinical Psychology Laboratory with Dr. Jill Hooley lab exploring social media, mental health, and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). During Alexandria’s free time she loves to hold dance/movement workshops and labs at a non-profit organization; Transition House in Cambridge, MA for domestic violence survivors. After graduation, Alexandria hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Psychology in order to become a professor and policy changer who wants a fair and just society.

Nell Pearson ’20

Nell Pearson ’20 is a history and anthropology double major from Brooklyn, NY. In the Fall of 2018, she studied abroad in Durban, South Africa where she worked with the former city manager and conducted research on informal recyclers’ impact on eThekwini’s waste management systems. In her spare time, Nell likes to play jazz saxophone, garden, beekeep, ski and spend time outdoors. She has previously interned with the Piedmont Environmental Council, Earth Matter NY, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, as well as the Brooklyn and New York Historical Societies. Nell hopes to pursue her interest in urban resilience and sustainability after graduation.

Nick Eaton ’20

Nick Eaton ’20 from Portland, Oregon, is an Economics and Art and Visual Culture double major with a general education concentration in Documentation and Reality. At Bates, he is President of the Fly Fishing Club, Concert Co-Chair for Chase Hall Programming Board, and Class Representative for Bates Student Government. He was a recipient of a Bates Purposeful Work internship working as a Community Manager and Business Development intern at Looptworks, a Portland, OR-based upcycling startup. Nick studied abroad in New Zealand at the University of Otago during the second semester of 2019. In his free time, Nick operates a pet sitting business and likes to go fly fishing and hiking. After graduation, Nick plans to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship.

Grace Murnaghan ’20

Grace Murnaghan ’20 is a senior from Lexington, Massachusetts. She is an Economics major minoring in Chinese with a concentration in Globalization. Last summer, Grace worked at Liberty Mutual Insurance as an intern in the Analyst Development Program. There, she worked on an advanced analytics and predictive modeling team where she queried databases in SAS and built automated reports in Power BI for internal stakeholders. In the summer before her Junior year, she worked as a Business Development Intern at RateGravity (now OwnUp) through the Purposeful Work Internship Program. Grace studied abroad in Stockholm, Sweden in the fall of her junior year. At Bates, Grace is a captain of the Women’s Rowing Team and is the Residence Coordinator of Hopkins House. After graduation, she hopes to continue to work with data to create innovative solutions to complex problems.

Javier Andres Carranza ’21

Javier Andres Carranza’ 21 is from San Salvador, El Salvador, double majoring in Economics and Politics. At Bates he has been part of the Brooks Quimby Debate Council and is a member of the Student Government Committee Selection Board. Furthermore, he recently joined the Bobcat Ventures leadership team and will play an active role in this year’s pitch competition. Following his first year at Bates, Javier interned for FUSADES, a Salvadoran think tank, where he specialized on trade strategies. This past summer, Javier was a research intern at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. He worked directly with the institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, where he specialized in Latin American affairs, including trade, crime, migration, and macroeconomic policy. Next summer, Javier will be joining an investment bank in New York City as a sales and trading summer analyst.

Elizabeth Fairman ’21

Liz Fairman’ 21 is from Huntington Woods, Michigan. She is a History major and Education Minor with a concentration in law and society. At Bates, she is a member of the Women’s Rowing team, a tour guide, and assistant manager of Le Ronj. She also serves on the Budgets and Clubs Board and Student Athletic Committee. In January of last year, Elizabeth shadowed a Bates Alumni at the US Department of Defense through the Purposeful Work Job Shadow program. Last summer, Elizabeth received Purposeful Work funding to work as a Development Intern at Jewish Vocational Services in Boston. At JVS, she communicated with new and existing donors to fund ESOL and certification courses for recent immigrants. Elizabeth studied abroad in Florence, Italy, this fall, and continued her studies on the impact of immigration in Europe and the United States. She hopes to pursue a law degree and further her studies in international law and human rights.

Varun (Sunny) Piplani ’21

Varun (Sunny) Piplani ’21 is a Political Economy major from Singapore. At Bates, Sunny plays on the basketball team and is also the manager of the Ben Mays Center. In his free time, Sunny DJ’s some of the school dances as part of DJ Society. This past summer, Sunny worked for Octagon Sports Agency as an Athlete Representation & Marketing Intern in their Olympics & Action Sports Division. During the internship, he developed marketing pitches and social media campaigns for athlete tie-ins and endorsements for their current clients such as Michael Phelps and Simone Biles. He was also responsible for assisting agents with research and presentations on emerging markets among many other tasks. In the summer of his sophomore year, Sunny interned with Li-Ning/Way of Wade in Beijing, China as an International Basketball Marketing Specialist. The internship required him to assist with the planning and execution of the Li Ning and Way of Wade China promotional tour through nine cities for NBA star Dwyane Wade, CJ McCollum, and Udonis Haslem. Sunny’s dream is to become a sports agent and considers a career in this industry as a perfect opportunity to combine his passions: sports, the business behind sports, and working with others.

Joselyn Jaramillo ’21

Joselyn Jaramillo ’21 is an Economics major and a mathematics minor with a concentration in law and society. She was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. At Bates, she is the secretary of Latinos Unidos and a Student Representative of the Honorary Degree Committee. Since freshman year she has worked as the Circulation Desk Assistant and will continue to do so for the coming years. During her sophomore year, she was also a Junior Advisor to ten first-year residents in 280. This year, she was selected to be one of two students that would attend Technos International Week in Tokyo, Japan. In this two-week trip, she immersed herself into the Japanese culture along with ten sister schools and students from Technos International College. She was able to travel around Japan while learning about the power of giving. This past summer, Joselyn was an Advanced Analytics Intern at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey–the largest healthcare insurer in New Jersey. She was a part of the central line for data which resulted in being analyzed to form adequate conclusions. This spring, she is studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where she will solidify her interest in finance. Her career aspirations lie within financial services.

Joselyn is away from campus for the Winter 2020 semester.

Sarah Du Pont ’21

Sarah du Pont ‘21 is a Psychology major, with minors in Japanese and Rhetoric. She was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, before entering Bates. At Bates, she is the treasurer of the Bates Sailing team and is the Vice President of the Asian American Student in Action (AASIA). She works as the sports photographer for the Bates Student newspaper and is a Psychology Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Psychology. Her hobbies include photography, playing tennis, and watching Korean dramas. This past summer, Sarah completed a Purposeful Work internship in Phetchabun, Thailand, where she developed psychological profiles of students in a primary school, to help teachers and parents design individualized learning programs.

Sarah is away from campus for the Winter 2020 semester.

Digital Marketing Assistants

Students in the position demonstrate knowledge of Purposeful Work and have the desire and skills to creatively inform their fellow students about Purposeful Work. Digital Marketing Assistants work closely with the Coordinator or Marketing, Operations, and Outreach in order to:

  • Increase general knowledge of Purposeful Work as well as of specific events

  • Curate the Instagram @batespurposefulwork and maintain a strong student following and engagement

  • Photograph Purposeful Work events (on and off-campus)

  • Create print marketing materials

  • Implement other marketing and outreach as needed

2019-20 Digital Marketing Assistants

Jin Wei ’20

Jin Wei ’20 majors in Religious Studies and Economics with a Dance concentration. He is from Liuzhou, China. At Bates, he enjoys building a sense of campus community and has served as Residence Coordinator and Junior Advisor at the Office of Residence Life. He is passionate about promoting campus social life and has served as Student Programming Fellow and Late Night Program Coordinator at the Office of Campus Life. His variety of interests and enthusiasm led him to serve as President of Sangai Asia Club, Water Sports Director of Outing Club, AESOP leader, and Community Liaison of both Video Game Club and International Club. He actively seeks ways to engage in the community and has been a tutor/mentor at Big Brother Big Sister, Tree Street Youth, Lewiston Middle School, and Lewiston High School. He loves exploring career possibilities and has completed 8 job shadows through the CDIP program. Jin participated in the Purposeful Work Internship Program twice. Last summer, he was a Product Marketing Intern at HealthcareSource in Woburn, MA. The summer before, he was a Research Intern at Larkin Trade International in Beijing, China. He would like to pursue marketing in the food tech space.

Mary Corcoran ’22

Mary Corcoran ‘22 is a sociology major and Spanish minor from Brookline, Massachusetts. At Bates, Mary is a tour guide, a writing fellow, and competes for the Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams. For the past summers, Mary has worked as a counselor at an arts camp where she teaches dance to kids. Through Purposeful Work, Mary also had the opportunity to intern at Family Reach in Boston, a nonprofit dedicated to alleviating the financial burden of cancer.

Purposeful Work Office Assistants

The Purposeful Work Office Assistants collaborate closely with the center’s professional staff to provide premium customer service to students, alumni, employers, and other constituents. This position offers an excellent opportunity for students to develop communication, marketing, and organizational skills, and to gain an understanding of the center’s career and internship resources, services, and opportunities.

2019-20 Office Assistants:

Ryan Lizanecz ’20

Ryan Lizanecz ’20, is a politics major and music minor from Portland, Maine. He is the current Student Body President and is Vice President of the Deansmen, Bates oldest a cappella group. Over the past two summers, Ryan worked in Congresswoman Chellie Pingree’s office and as an environmental policy intern at the New England Environmental Finance Center. He is currently planning to attend law school in the fall of 2020. 

Luis David Molina Rueda ’20

Luis David Molina Rueda ’20 is from Cabra (Cordoba) Spain. Though much of a Spaniard at heart sometimes, he completed his last two years of high school at the United World College in Mostar, an international high school for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a Theater and Latin American Studies double major. Whether theater or acappella, much of his extracurricular involvement at Bates can be summarized in an apology: “Sorry. I can’t, I have rehearsal!” This past summer, he completed a Purposeful Work arts administration internship at SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME. He hopes to pursue a career in the performing arts post-graduation.

Sukanya Shukla ’20

Sukanya Shukla is a senior at Bates College. She is an international student from Dehradun, India, pursuing a double major in theater and psychology with a GEC in the human body. She is the president of the Bates Bollywood club and choreographs for student-run shows and cultural events. She also volunteers at various organizations in the Lewiston community. In the past, she has interned at the Latika Roy Foundation, Dehradun and Camp Akeela, Vermont and Soulitaire, Dehradun. She is a strong advocate of the arts and believes in making it an accessible source of entertainment and performance for everyone. After Bates, Sukanya hopes to move to Boston to explore the world of theater in the city and practice her craft.

Maya Church ’20

Maya Church is a senior from Atlanta, Georgia and is majoring in Gender studies with a double minor in education and dance. Her studies have furthered beyond the gates of Bates College, she has spent time in various cities in Brazil and South Africa during her time at Bates. She has a continuing passion for communication and experiencing difference in culture amongst people. Maya has been a participant of the purposeful work program, working as an investor relations and strategic communications intern for Okapi Partners LLC, a specialty advisory firm in New York City.

At Bates, Maya is a chairperson of the Martin Luther King Day committee and is an intern of the Next Step program at Tree Street Youth Center as part of her education minor. She also has been active in Bates Civic Action, Dinner table, Amandla, and Women of Color throughout her four years. After graduation, Maya plans on pursuing a global communications career.

Lily Scott ’21

Lily Scott ‘21 is a Psychology major with general education concentrations in: Digital and Computational Studies (DCS); Knowledge, Action, and the Public Good; and Children, Adolescents, and School. At Bates, Lily was previously a tutor for the DCS program and now acts as a member for the Student Conduct Board. She also competes for the Varsity Women’s Swimming and Diving Program at Bates and enjoys utilizing her free time cooking or volunteering. For the past few summers, Lily has spent her days on the beach as an ocean lifeguard and more recently has just finished up a Human Resources internship for a non-profit called Changing the Present. Lily is looking forward to her last two years ahead at Bates and making the most out of her time left in Lewiston, Maine!

Kyle Larry ’21

I’m Kyle Larry. I’m a rising junior with a double major in politics and psychology, and a minor in African American studies. I’m originally from Chicago. Through Bates, I’ve been able to travel abroad to Brazil during short term, as well as Virginia and Washington D.C. through the job shadow program a part of Purposeful Work. I am a part of the student newspaper, SPARQ, and the varsity squash team.

Collin Pember ’21

Collin Pember ‘21 is a Junior from Pepperell, MA. He is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy and is doing a GEC in Law and Society. Collin is a student representative on the Honorary Degree Committee and a facilitator for the Dinner Table. When he is not studying Collin enjoys co-hosting a radio show, playing rugby for the Bates club team, and spending his time hiking and enjoying the outdoors. The last two summers Collin has had two internships in Portland, ME. In the summer of 2018, he had a Purposeful Work sponsored internship with the New England Environmental Finance Centers, leading his own project for the organization. This past summer Collin worked for Portland Research Group, a market research group located in the Old Port and was able to get a real taste of what it is like to work in a business environment. Collin is excited to make the most of his next two years at Bates!

Munashe Machoko ’21

Munashe Machoko is a junior from Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. He is majoring in Biochemistry, pursing a Mathematics minor and doing a concentration in the Chinese language. At Bates, Munashe is a member of the cricket team and also plays club soccer. He has been involved with the Academic Resource Commons as a tutor for Biology and has worked in both the Kruse Neurobiology lab and the Greene Computational Visual Lab at Bates. Last summer, he worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as a research student in the Gastrointestinal Surgery Unit. His interests lie in Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals. Outside of classes, Munashe enjoys watching sports and writing fiction.

Mary Corcoran ’22

Mary Corcoran ‘22 is a sociology major and Spanish minor from Brookline, Massachusetts. At Bates, Mary is a tour guide, a writing fellow, and competes for the Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams. For the past summers, Mary has worked as a counselor at an arts camp where she teaches dance to kids. Through Purposeful Work, Mary also had the opportunity to intern at Family Reach in Boston, a nonprofit dedicated to alleviating the financial burden of cancer.

J. Daniel Kim ’22

J. Daniel Kim ‘22 is a Sophomore from Queens, New York. He is double majoring in Economics and Mathematics. J Daniel serves as the treasurer of AASIA and also a member of the club soccer team. The summer going into his Sophomore year, J Daniel had two Purposeful Work internships. As a financial analytics intern at Calcbench, he learned how to read financial documents, as well as construct a variety of financial industry reports using SQL and Excel. As the Operations intern at BioSig Technologies, J Daniel learned about the emerging market of biotechnology, implemented productivity software platforms, updated financial websites, and created a database by using SQL and Python 3. These two experiences have solidified his interest in financial services.