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Every other week, UVA Public Service recognizes students involved in public service in various ways, whether through volunteering, community or civic engagement, activism, social entrepreneurship, service-learning coursework or research, and other co-curricular service activities and interests.
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Hoos Serving: Vedat Dilek

October 16, 2022 - 11:12am

Vedat Dilek is a fourth-year in the McIntire School, majoring in Commerce with a Finance concentration. Vedat is the co-president of Blossom Together, a student-led humanitarian organization that supports living standards in third-world African countries. Founded in 2018, Blossom Together has raised nearly $200,000, worked in five different countries, and partnered with reputable institutions like the World Bank. After graduation, Vedat will go into investment banking.

Hoos Serving: Emily Gruzdowich

October 4, 2022 - 8:11am

Emily Gruzdowich (she/her) is a second-year at the Darden School of Business concentrating in corporate innovation and strategy consulting. Emily serves as the Logistics VP for Building Goodness in April (BGiA), a student-run nonprofit focused on improving living conditions for low-income families across Charlottesville. Emily also is involved with Cycle for Survival and Angel Tree. Upon graduation, Emily plans to hold strategic roles in health-tech, with a focus on products that elevate our well-being.

Hoos Serving: Sami Kandil

September 19, 2022 - 11:24am

Sami Kandil is a fourth-year in the McIntire School, majoring in Commerce with a Finance concentration and Real Estate track. Sami is the co-president of Blossom Together, a student-led humanitarian organization that supports living standards in third-world African countries. Founded in 2018, Blossom Together has raised nearly $200,000, worked in five different countries, and partnered with reputable institutions like the World Bank. After graduation, Sami will go into investment banking.

Hoos Serving: Sonia Patel

September 8, 2022 - 11:45am

Sonia Patel (she/her) is a fourth-year Cognitive Science major in the College of Arts & Sciences. Sonia is the president of Charlottesville Community Access to Resources, Exposure, and Support (Cville CARES), a CIO whose mission is to serve the underprivileged and underserved community of Charlottesville. Sonia also is a volunteer with Medical Services and Head Program Director for Tutoring with Madison House. Her post-graduation plans include attending medical school and becoming a physician in the future.

Hoos Serving: Colin Dockter

August 21, 2022 - 9:27am

Colin Dockter (he/him) is a second-year double-major in economics and psychology. Colin is the president of College Mentors for Kids, an organization that connects elementary school students in the Charlottesville area to UVA students through weekly on-Grounds activities that inspire growth, confidence, and brighter futures. During these activities, UVA students are paired with a "little buddy" they'll mentor for the school year. Colin also is the vice president of Borenstein Math Academy, a company that provides affordable, high-quality tutoring that empowers students to thrive in mathematics via small, online math classes ranging from kindergarten level to algebra and geometry.

Hoos Serving: Patrick Morris

May 10, 2022 - 8:48am

Patrick Morris (he/him/his) is a fourth-year in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in biology with Spanish and biomedical engineering minors. Patrick has been involved in various nonprofit and volunteer organizations, including a confidential crisis helpline, the Pediatrics for Emergency Physicians Network, Remote Area Medical, Hearts for the Homeless, and local Albemarle County middle schools. Patrick's goal is to become a pediatric oncologist, and during his gap years, he will be working in a cancer research lab at Cold Spring Harbor and volunteering as an EMT.

Hoos Serving: Charlotte Robbins

April 26, 2022 - 9:28am

Charlotte Robbins (she/her/hers) is a third-year in the McIntire School of Commerce, concentrating in finance on the global commerce track and minoring in psychology. Charlotte has been co-president of Autism Allies since January 2021, and before that, served as treasurer in 2020. She also was the philanthropy treasurer of Zeta Tau Alpha from January through December of 2020.

Hoos Serving: Johnny Mac Yates

April 7, 2022 - 9:09am

Johnny Mac Yates will graduate this year from the Darden School of Business and Law School. Johnny Mac has been the House Captain and Vice President of Inspections for Building Goodness in April (BGIA), a student-run organization that works with low-income Charlottesville residents on home renovation projects. After graduation, he will work as an associate at McGuireWoods, LLP.

Hoos Serving: Anne Nelson Stoner

March 23, 2022 - 2:32pm

Anne Nelson Stoner (she/her) is a second-year graduate student in the Urban & Environmental Planning program with a concentration in Food Systems and Equitable Collaboration. For the past two years, Anne Nelson has worked as a graduate research assistant for the Institute for Engagement & Negotiation (IEN) on projects ranging from assessing the impacts of COVID on critical service delivery in rural Virginia to evaluating partnerships between health care providers and food pantries to better support food insecure populations. Anne Nelson is also working with a team of UVA and community partners to explore food solidarity economies and the possibility of establishing a local food cooperative. She has also volunteered for the International Rescue Committee for over six years as a family liaison to an Iranian refugee family.

Hoos Serving: Loganbay Campbell

March 7, 2022 - 2:55pm

Loganbay Campbell (she/her) is a fourth-year in the College of Arts & Sciences pursuing a double-major in biology and Spanish. Loganbay started volunteering for the Latin and Migrant Aid program at Madison House during her second year at UVA. This semester, she is involved with Sin Barreras, a program that teaches English to Spanish speakers. Loganbay is in the process of applying to medical school and will be taking a gap year to work as a medical assistant in Charlottesville.

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