Los Angeles

MENTOR NETWORK

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Pesach Chananiah '07

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Los Angeles

Oxy Major/Minor:  

Double Major in Urban/Environmental Policy (UEP )and Critical Theory/Social Justice (CTSJ)

Current Company:

Most recently consulted with the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development as Director of Faith & Ecology Programs

Current Position:

In between opportunities, interviewing for next position

Campus Involvement/Special Programs:

Started the club OxyConscious to focus on activism on- and off-campus. Liaison to student organizing with UNITE HERE, the union representing hotel employees. Student employee with the Center for Community Based Learning. Co-facilitator of the Intergroup Dialogue Program. Summer Organizing Fellow through UEPI, interning at the Los Angeles Community Action Network. Student intern for UEP 311 with LA Voice - PICO. Participated weekly in Buddhist meditation and yoga classes. Also participated in ORSL events, including 3 interfaith retreats.

Secondary Schooling:

MA / PhD in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology

Favorite MP/Cooler Food:

Sunday morning Huevos Rancheros!

Best Oxy Class:

Reggae, Rastafari, and the African Diaspora

Groups I Identify With:

Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, social justice-oriented

Bio:

I've spent the last 15 years developing skill sets in community organizing, non-profit program management, and education. I want to be a part of the mentor network because I don't feel like I received sufficient guidance around a career in social change and there's a lot that I've learned in navigating the field that I would be grateful to share with someone that has ambitions to start out in that area.

Career Advice:

It really depends on the individual's situation. In general, participate in as much as you can - campus events, internships/fellowships, student leadership - and continue with this approach throughout your life! Be young, scrappy and hungry! I didn't really learn how to do a cover letter until 8 years after graduation - and that made a huge difference. So certainly research the best formats and maybe invest in a professional resume/cover letter.