Meet the Student Advancement Council
Leaders in the Student Advancement Council represent the student body’s interest in furthering private support for Sacramento State. As liaisons to campus auxiliary organizations such as The University Foundation at Sacramento State selected student advancement leaders receive first-hand education about how gifts from students, alumni and other friends provide a margin of excellence at the University. Additionally, student engagement promotes professional acumen, self-confidence, and advancement and fundraising as a future career path.
Here’s what Student Advancement Council members say about their involvement:
Denise Barajas ’16 (Psychology and Journalism)
Denise Barajas is a senior at Sacramento State majoring in Psychology and Journalism with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis. She aspires to one day obtain her Master’s Degree in Psychology and to become a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst. Denise has been a part of the Student Advancement Council for over a year and her primary area of focus is campus partnerships. Aside from her academics, Denise stays busy on campus by being a member of the Hornet Pride Leadership Council and the Student Association for Applied Behavioral Analysis, a mentor for the Prospects Program, and a reporter for the State Hornet. And when Denise is not on campus, she is tutoring children with Autism through the company Capitol Autism Services.
Denise is also the past president for the Rotaract club on campus and the current district representative for the organization. Through Rotaract, a sub-branch of the Rotary international non-profit organization, she directed and coordinated the school’s world record breaking Teeter-Totter-A-Thon fundraiser in spring 2014. She joined the Student Advancement Council in hopes of using her connections within the Rotary District 5180 to raise awareness about the importance of philanthropy among Sac State students.
Angelica Carrazco ’16 (Biological Sciences)
Angelica Carrazco is a senior at Sacramento State majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. She hopes to use her degree to attend veterinary school and become a veterinarian. She graduated from the General Education Honors Program in Spring 2015. Additionally, she was a founder of the Honors Society, Delta Epsilon Iota, as well as the pet therapy group, Pets for Stress.
She joined the Student Advancement Council as a Student Advancement Leader in 2012 and has lent her creative and artistic abilities to help raise awareness for the importance of philanthropy throughout the Sacramento State campus. She joined the Council because she wanted to give back to the University that has given her opportunities for growth and learning and the first step in making a difference was to get involved and give back.
Lauren Pastrana '17 (Sociology)
Lauren Pastrana is a Junior at Sacramento State as a Sociology major. She plans to continue her education by getting her Masters in hopes of becoming a Social worker in the medical field that specializes with young children. She hopes on creating a Polynesian Dance club here at Sacramento State to share the beautiful dances of Tahitian and Hula with her fellow student body.
She just joined the Student Advancement Council as a Student Advancement Leader and has already gained so much knowledge and appreciation of Sacramento State. She is eager to continue growing as a student and to represent the University in a positive way. She believes that philanthropy is the first step on creating a long term relationship with the University.
Khalea Youngblood ’18 (Health Science)
Khalea Youngblood is a sophomore at Sacramento State majoring in Health Science with a concentration in health care administration and minor in Gerontology. She hopes to fully utilize her degree and continue her education to graduate school in order to be an executive in long-term health care. She is also a member of the Health & Human Services Joint Council, Sac State Public Health Club and the American Red Cross Student Association.
She recently joined the Student Advancement Council as a Student Advancement Leader and hopes to be an ambassador to students, Alumni and Sac State University. She hopes to promote a lifelong connection to Sacramento State by helping others to discover and keep a sense of pride in our University.