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Community Engagement Officers

Who We Are

Community Engagement Officers (CEOs) promote Kodiak spirit and sense of belonging on campus through outreach to the Cascadia student body about programs and activities, and by helping connect students with opportunities for involvement.  CEOs provide promotion and marketing for events and activities sponsored by the Office of Student Life.  These include Cascadia Student Government, Cascadia Activities Board, and student clubs.  CEOs also participate in various recruitment and retention activities throughout the year, such as Cascadia open houses, Jumpstart orientations, transfer fairs, college fairs, and campus tours




Name: Christina Zhang


Title/Position: Community Engagement Officer


High School you graduated from (and city): Xi’an Huanghe Middle School (Xi’an Shaanxi PRC)


What are you studying?  Computer Science


Why did you choose to attend Cascadia?

Since I hoped to go to college in advance, I decided to attend a community college. When I was doing research for schools, I was attracted by its beautiful campus and inspired by its spirit. In addition, given its affiliation with UWB, I believed I would have the access to more information (and so I did, the library and database is just awesome) and opportunities.


What are your hobbies/interests? (outside of school)

Listening to music is one of my hobbies.  The genre varies with the activity I am doing (for instance, Pop Danthology while running, Chopin before napping). Besides, I am a big fan of Game of Thrones and House of Cards. In addition, coding also takes up a big part of my life. I like learning different programming languages.


What are your plans after Cascadia and how is Cascadia helping you reach those goals?

My plan is to transfer to University of Washington Seattle (Computer Science) after Cascadia. Our college offers many courses related to this field (Business Information Technology).  Not only will I be able to finish all the prerequisites to transfer to UW, I can also choose to take classes that interest me. I took my first programming class here at Cascadia, and it triggered off my passion in this field. With the help and support from my instructors and classmates, I believe I would achieve my goal in no time.


Why should students get involved in Cascadia Student Life?

Besides schoolwork, it’s crucial to take part in extracurricular activities. It could enhance your leadership, and you can also develop your ability to carry out a plan effectively. To me, this opportunity is more like a challenge, which helps me to go out of my comfort zone and get to know more people. If we were to be practical, at least you have some stories to tell to your grandchildren. 




Name: Anna Bloch


High School you graduated from: Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, WA


What are you studying: Graphic Design and Art History


Why did you choose to attend Cascadia?

I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do right after high school, so instead of paying high tuition for something I’m still deciding on, I chose to attend Cascadia instead. I’m extremely happy with my decision to do so! The faculty and staff are caring and I was given a chance to figure out what I want my future to look like.


What are your hobbies/interests?

I love food and the experience of going out to eat. I’m always on Yelp trying to find new restaurants to try! Some other hobbies/interests are staying outdoors, dance, painting, and always carrying a book around to read.


What are your plans after Cascadia and how is Cascadia helping you reach those goals?

After Cascadia my hope is to study at Cornish College of the Arts but if that doesn’t work out then I’ll be attending a different university in the state. This school year, I’m planning on finding ways and opportunities to work/volunteer at art museums in the area and finalizing trips to study/intern art and culture in Europe for after this year when I graduate with my Associates in Integrated Studies.


Why should students get involved in Cascadia Student Life?

Being involved with Student Life gives you a sense of belonging. It makes it easier to make friends at school, allows you to reach out of your comfort zone once in a while, and get firsthand information on what’s happening on campus. Through Student Life, I’ve found some of my closest friends and was able to work in graphic design right after high school. To call this my job is even better. I’m extremely thankful for the experience Student Life has given me and would 100% recommend getting involved to anyone considering it.




Name: Gabriela Rojas-Vazquez


Title/Position: Community Engagement Officer


High School: Juanita High school


What are you studying? I am working towards my Associates in science transfer degree for engineering.


Why did you choose to attend Cascadia?

I have always moved around growing up. I transferred to twelve different schools by the time I graduated. I wanted to go to a college that was close to home, and since both of my siblings did Running Start, I heard what a great school Cascadia is. I also like the community and working in smaller classes, and as they say “the rest was history.”


What are your hobbies and interests?

I like to draw, paint and watch movies. During most Sundays you can expect me to be in Seattle with my family and friends watching plays. When the weather is deemed acceptable you’ll find me hiking at Wallis falls, one of my favorite places to go. And naturally on most Tuesdays you can find me watching a movie with friends and family. I would say I am a person with many interests and hobbies. I love to do a variety of activities that I find fascinating! 


What are your plans after Cascadia and how is Cascadia helping you reach those goals?

After Cascadia I plan to transfer to a four year college, University of Washington Seattle to be exact. Cascadia has helped me figure out the field that I am interested in. Cascadia is also helping me to become a better leader, more outgoing, and a stronger team member as a CEO.


Why should students get involved in Cascadia Student Life?

After high school my large group of friends went all over the country and I found myself starting a new school all over again. Through Student Life, I was able to find an amazing group of friends that I would never have met otherwise because of our many different career paths. Student Life helps to connect people from all over the school, while also having fun doing many different activities together! Getting involved is an excellent way to meet new people, make friends and have fun outside of class.