Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

Undergraduate Program Assistants

The Center for Experiential Learning Program Assistants are current Loyola undergraduates who help guide fellow students in accessing the resources of the CEL’s academic internship, learning portfolio, service-learning, and community partnership programs. Our undergraduate program assistants support various components of experiential learning, and share their personal experiences within experiential learning - from bioinformatics research, to internships in refugee resettlement, to documenting studying in Chile! Meet the 2017-2018 program assistants below!

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Name: Mackenzie Kearns, Class of 2018

Major/Minors: Spanish with minors in Social Work and Business Administration

Hometown: San Diego, California

What is your position at the Center for Experiential Learning? Service Learning Program Assistant

How has experiential learning empowered you? Experiential Learning gave me the opportunity to connect what I was learning in the classroom to my volunteer work in the community. This empowered me to pursue the field of Social Work in order to continue that work on a higher level. Experiential learning connected me to my little sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters who teaches me so much every week and empowers me to be a better mentor and person.

Fun Fact: I lived in Central America every summer from ages 8-18.

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Name: Sana Khan, Class of 2020

Majors/Minors: Spanish with a Studio Art Minor on the pre-med track

Hometown: Glendale Heights, IL

What is your position at the Center for Experiential Learning? Undergraduate Research Program Assistant

How has experiential learning empowered you? Experiential learning has given me opportunities to get more involved in my community, and gain experiences I can benefit from in many different ways. It has allowed me to be more connected to my surroundings and look at things from different points of view.

Fun Fact: I am fluent in 3 languages!

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Name: Natalie Pine, Class of 2018

Majors/Minors: Social Work and Political Science with a minor in History

Hometown: Avilla, Indiana

What is your position at the Center for Experiential Learning? Academic Internships Program Assistant

How has experiential learning empowered you? The Center for Experiential Learning blessed me with the opportunity to grow in a capacity beyond a traditional classroom. Through their kind guidance, I was able to reflect further on my Jesuit values and my future career through an experience that allowed me to grow not only as a student but also as a professional and citizen.

Fun Fact: I was a competitive clog dancer in my youth - gingham skirts, yeehaws, and all!

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Name: Shayna Vaughn, Class of 2018

Majors/Minors: Sociology with a minor in Business Managment and Information Systems

Hometown: Lowell, Indiana

What is your position at the Center for Experiential Learning? Community Partnerships Peer Mentor

How has experiential learning empowered you? My experiential learning experience enabled me to interact with a variety of diverse individuals and unique organizations that have helped me discover and refine my passions to grow into a better version of myself.

Fun Fact: I was Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2006.

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Name: Frances Way, Class of 2018

Majors/Minors: Human Services with minors in Studio Art and Pyschology

Hometown: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

What is your position at the Center for Experiential Learning? Learning Portfolio Program Assistant

How has experiential learning empowered you? Experiential learning has given me the opportunity to step beyond Loyola’s campus and integrate my classroom knowledge with career interests. Through my multiple experiences, I have been able to network and connect with professional art therapists to gain a better understanding of the profession and passion for the future.  

Fun Fact: I have stood on the southernmost tip of both South America and Africa.