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Leaders on Campus

Bobcats Take Action

Everyone has the potential to be a leader and the Margo F. Souza Student Leadership Center is a resource for both those who are at the start and those who are looking to continue their leadership journey. Please join us in celebrating and recognizing some of our Bobcats who take action! 

Spring 2023

Benson Zhang

4th Year, Economics Major with an Emphasis on Quantitative Economics

Vice President of Community Service with Delta Sigma Pi

"One of my greatest highlights here at UC Merced is being actively involved in community service events. It warms my heart to be able to assist those who are less fortunate and make a difference in our community in both big and small ways I have actively been involved with the Community Engagement Center events such as making cards for various local community organizations and organizing a donation drive on campus for the Ronald McDonald House of Charities with Delta Sigma Pi. Off-campus I have also been actively involved in supporting the local food drives, facilitating park clean-ups with other organizations, and have encouraged members of my fraternity to participate in local community service events as well."

Namitha Bhat

4th Year, Public Health Major

Student Lead at the Community Engagement Center, Vice President of Public Health Society


Leadership Highlight: "Alongside my fellow E-Board Members in Public Health Society, we are launching the first ever UC Merced National Public Health Week in partnership with the respective awareness week from the American Public Health Association—the first of its kind in the Central Valley!"

Daniel Mello

Non-Senate Faculty of Psychology



Leadership Highlight: "I host the Speed Diversity Dialogue (TM) workshop on campus to promote diversity and inclusivity awareness alongside multicultural excellence training! Our workshop facilitates meaningful interactions that help folks recognize the true breadth of our identities, break down stereotypes, and engage with one another toward positive social activism."

Eliza Sanchez

4th Year, Biology Major (Emphasis in Ecology and Evolution)

Yosemite Leadership Program



Leadership Highlight: "The community has always been very welcoming and it truly is amazing to see everyone come together. Working at the Community Engagement Center has given me more opportunities to allow me to share them with others and engage in helping."