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Civic Engagement

LEAP Team Leaders

LEAP Team Leaders are undergraduate students who supervise teams of LEAP tutors. Our current Team Leaders are listed below.

Sofia Azmal (2020)

Sofia will be graduating in 2020 with a degree in Health, Behavior, and Society. In addition to public health, she is also double-minoring in Journalism and Creative Writing, two things that she is very passionate about. Sofia comes from New Haven, Connecticut, and chose to attend the University of Rochester after falling in love with the several community engagement opportunities that they have available for students. This year is going to be her first  year as a team leader, and she looks forward to working with a new set of students for the academic year!

 

 

 


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Michael Dondorfer (2019)

Mike will be graduating in 2019 as an Environmental Studies Major. He was born in the City of Rochester and has lived here for his whole life. Mike attended #07 School for elementary school, and then went to Rochester Academy Charter School (RACS) and the University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men (UPREP) for middle and high school.  Mike started volunteering at the Seneca Park Zoo's education department, which sparked his interest in environmental education. He then tutored middle schoolers in Math and English during his 11th and 12th grade years. Afterwards, the summer before he started college, Mike interned at the animal shelter on Verona Street.


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Olivia Matvey (2020)

Olivia is a sophomore studying Cell and Developmental Biology. She grew up in the city of Pittsburgh, but now Olivia is making herself at home in Rochester. Olivia has participated in LEAP since her first year and has been passionate about the community since. She is involved in other clubs and organizations, such as Club Softball, for which she is the coach and equipment manager. Olivia also participates in jazz band and Club Boxing. She is very grateful for all the friends and experiences she’s shared so far and looks forward to what the rest of college might bring.


 

 Emily Radford (2019)Leader Photo

 Emily is a senior studying Psychology, Gender Studies, and Spanish. She's also a part of the women's rugby team and the pride network, and this is her second year as a team leader for LEAP. She spent her junior year studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador and Amsterdam, Netherlands. After graduation, she plans to go abroad again to teach English. Her end goal is to pursue a PhD to teach and research at the university level. Her other interests inlcude breakfast foods, dogs, and getting good deals on plane tickets.

 

 

 


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Mahima Joshi (2019)

Mahima is a junior majoring in Public Health: Health, Behavior, and Society and minoring in biology and chemistry. On campus, she is a research assistant for the Jill Halterman Lab and the Jarvinen-Seppo Lab. She joined LEAP during the first semester of her first year and fell in love with it. Mahima loves working with kids and help them read, write, and do math through play. In her free time, she loves to binge watch TV shows and movies and binge read as many books as possible. She also loves being surrounded by her friends.

 

 

 

 


LeaderMichelle Bruce (2019)

I'm from Winston Salem, NC. I am a Pscychology major, and I'm double minoring in ASL and BCS. My future plans involve becoming an early education teacher. I spent the two previous years as a tutor for LEAP and am super excited to be stepping up into a leadership role this year! In my spare time I like to watch a lot of Netflix, color to de-stress, and also bug my family back home to send me picutres of my dogs.

 

 


 

Minhtam Tran (2021)
Minhtam is currently a sophomore majoring in biochemistry and Public Health: Health, Behavior, and Society. She is originally from Portland, OR (where there's less snow and more rain) and is enjoying her tenure on the east coast. Aside from LEAP, she is on the e-board for Asian American Alliance. In the future, she hopes tow work with kids in some capacity, likely as a pediatrician and hopefully in clinical research involving early childhood development.