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John Kanemoto

Student Spotlight, October 2010

John holds a heart shaped dirt clod  he shoveled at an Alternative Break Habitat for Humanity landscaping project. “I am inspired, hopeful, and open to new things.  I am a leader!”
--John Kanemoto

On any given day, the energetic Sacramento State junior math major can be spotted all over campus juggling multiple leadership roles. John Kanemoto is an orientation leader for new students, president of the Math Club, member of the Environmental Student Organization (ESO) club, a peer mentor, and an active volunteer in the community. John is also an active member of Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), which promotes social justice, civil rights, and the preservation of Japanese culture. 

The diversity of John’s interests matches the variety of programs that Community Engagement Center offers.  Among his history of active participation, John has tutored through Ethnic Studies’ 65th Street Corridor Service Learning program, and he has been a student Team Leader for Alternative Break.

John also participated in a One Book Program panel discussion alongside Julie Otsuka, author of When the Emperor Was Divine, a novel based on the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.  On October 5, 2009, John was the only student among a panel of distinguished speakers. As a descendent of interned Japanese Americans, John shared his family’s experience and the legacy of internment.

John believes that “anyone can do community service and make [his or her] own definition of success.” For John, having a commitment to service and creating diverse relationships are his two most important factors of success. 

He also believes that serving the community allows people to develop skills such as leadership and teamwork, and service builds a sense of community awareness.  John hopes to impart these values on his students when he becomes a teacher; he plans to pursue a teaching credential through the Mathematics Blended Program in addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and will graduate in 2013.

Contributed by KT. Aquino and TH. Nguyen


Each year, more than two thousand Sacramento State students, faculty, staff, and alumni participate in programs and projects sponsored by Community Engagement Center. Programs such as Alternative Break, AmeriCorps Students in Service, Sac State Serves, and Service Learning fulfill our mission to facilitate learning and engagement by linking campus and community for mutual benefit. Through Spotlight, Community Engagement Center will highlight outstanding individuals and programs advancing community engagement in the Sacramento region.

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