Mishae ParkerStudent Spotlight, June 2008
Mishae Parker is a senior at Sacramento State with a clear purpose to integrate education and service. She is a psychology major with a minor in teacher education and is actively engaged with projects, clubs, and mentoring opportunities on and off the Sacramento State campus.
Mishae is the president of The Future: Building Awareness through Culture, a campus club that promotes diversity through events and education; she sits on the planning committee for Black Fall Welcome; she tutors struggling 1st-3rd graders; she helps facilitate leadership and goal- setting workshops with Hiram Johnson High School; she volunteers with HOSTS: a one on one tutoring program to help increase math and language skills of elementary students, and she actively participates and is a team leader in Alternative Break.
“There is a need. There is a need, and we’ve got to fill it” she said as we talked about her involvement in the community. Mishae understands what the kids she works with are facing because she used to be one of them, she explained. And as she is establishing a life for herself and succeeding in college, she wants to use her success as a model of what children can achieve.
“Sometimes people just need someone to spend time with them – to care about them.”
Through outreach, Mishae gets to be that person. She believes that if she can be an example for others, show them that success is attainable, she can really make a difference.
The students Mishae works with are not the only ones who benefit from Mishae’s service. Mishae is a more engaged, successful student as a result. She has increased awareness in the classroom because the information has been linked with real world experience. She has strengthened her leadership skills and applies them in group projects and presentations. And she has increased confidence and esteem because she has been forced to “test” herself in real-world situations.
During Alternative Break -- Winter and Spring 2008, the Sacramento Community got to see these skills in action. As a team leader, Mishae was efficient, effective, and energetic. She really inspired her team to work both hard and smart, making the break a memorable experience for all who participated.
Each year, more than two thousand Sacramento State students, faculty, and staff participate in programs and projects sponsored by Community Engagement Center. Programs such as Alternative Break, AmeriCorps Students in Service, 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.