Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program

Haas LeadersThe Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program provides need-based scholarships and supports a community of undergraduate student leaders who have demonstrated a significant commitment to off-campus service activities.

Named in honor of a legendary Cal alumnus who was known for his deep compassion for helping others, the Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program seeks to grow a new generation of leaders committed to helping society. See a more in-depth bio of Peter E. Haas.


Through a generous gift from the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, the Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program will support up to 20 financial aid eligible undergraduates in its inaugural year with scholarships and training. This innovative program will provide need-based scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $6,000, making it possible for students to serve 12 to 15 hours per week in off-campus social action activities. Students who are selected will participate in a yearlong leadership development program, through the Public Service Center.


  • Build leadership skills while participating in a community of student leaders serving the public good
  • Advising from faculty and staff
  • Recognition at Chancellor’s Awards for Public Service
  • Scholarships in the range of $2,000 to $6,000 that will complement student financial aid by decreasing the self-help expectation.
  • Students selected as sophomores or juniors are eligible to receive this award for up to two more years (through their 4th year of study).

For more information contact Fela at

The application process for the 2014-15 cycle has closed.

The process for the 2015-16 academic year will be posted late Fall 2014.

Criteria for selection includes:

  • Student must be eligible for financial aid or Dream Act
  • A compelling case for why a scholarship would facilitate student's ability to be a public service leader
  • Proposal must be a significant service project that will have meaningful community impact
  • Project engages other UC Berkeley students
  • Ability to commit 12-15 hours a week to the project during the 2014-15 academic year
  • Ability to participate in the entire 2014-2015 program, including attending all required trainings and events


Students selected to participate in this year-long leadership development program will participate in two days of orientation, monthly leadership trainings conducted by community members, staff, faculty and peer students,  and other events. Each program participant will need to demonstrate a significant commitment to public service as well as need for financial support to for the academic year.

  • Attend:
    • Chancellor’s Awards for Public Service - April
    • Peter E. Haas Program Orientation - May
    • Tuesday 6-8pm leadership development trainings/reflections - two/month throughout the academic year
    • Student Leaders in Service Retreat - Late August
  • Complete and submit mid-year and final report
  • If invited, assist with selection of the next cohort of scholarship recipients

Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders, 2014-15 Coming Soon

Below are this past years Leaders



Gladys Aparicio (Class of 2015)

Gladys is pursuing a double major in Sociology and Economics and a minor in Education. She was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles where she was fortunate to be surrounded by great mentors who taught her the importance of giving back to her community. She believes that participation in service projects are important in retaining college students to degree completion. Gladys is providing students who live in the residence halls with ample outlets for volunteerism through the Residential Service Initiative by coordinating two large-scale service projects and guiding 40 leaders in the residence halls to enact a variety of service projects in their respective halls. Her ultimate goal is to enhance the experience of incoming students who reside in the residence halls by engaging them in service projects that give back to the city of Berkeley. As a Resident Assistant, Gladys enjoys planning recreational activities with her residents and getting to know each and every single one!



Kiron Chandy (Class of 2014)

Kiron Chandy is studying Business Administration and French, and hails from Kochi, India. When she was 15, she recognized a need in India to rebuild the nation’s urban and rural communities and saw the lack of a tradition of student-run volunteer service. Working with a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, she created an alliance within a summer between 2 nonprofits and 12 high schools to start such a tradition of service and social justice awareness. Here, she realized the power of leveraging students to make a large societal impact.  At Cal, she has actively mentored in the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) program and is now the President and Co-Founder of Consult Your Community at Cal, which since its inception in February 2013, is a nationwide, student-run organization that offers pro bono consulting services to low-income small business owners.



Esther Chung (Class of 2014)

Esther is studying Public Health and Global Poverty and Practice. A first-generation college student, she hails from Thousand Oaks, CA. Since her first year at Cal Esther has been a member of the Suitcase Clinic, a student-run organization that provides free health and social services to homeless and low-income populations. Currently one of the Executive Directors, she aims to continue the work and services that the organization offers. Her passion for social justice is rooted in her experiences and conversations with clients and friends from the Suitcase Clinic.  She believes the most effective way to implement social change is to be an empathetic, active listener.  Esther is also an undergraduate research apprentice, studying the health effects of changing fish access on households in Lake Victoria, Kenya. During Summer 2013 she worked in Uganda as part of an international team conducting public health and development programs.



Candy E. Escobar (Class of 2014)

Candy majors in Society & the Environment and Sociology and is from South Central, Los Angeles, California. Candy’s personal mission is to engage underrepresented communities and provide them with the necessary tools for them to stand and walk on their own. Candy interns with Women’s Actions to Gain Economic Security (WAGES), a non-profit organization that focuses on empowering women in the house cleaning service to partake in the business aspect of their cooperative. Candy is also involved in the Berkeley’s Student Cooperative as a Rochdale council member and the Bonner Leaders AmeriCorps Program, a highly selective program whose primary goal is to serve low-income communities by providing direct service.



Karla Gomez-Pelayo (Class of 2014)

Karla, a first generation immigrant scholar born in Jalisco, México and raised in the Napa Valley, is the oldest of four children. Karla left footprints at Napa Valley College (NVC): she established community advocacy organizations making higher education accessible for undocumented students and preserving ethnic studies curriculum and college readiness programs. Her community activism and social consciousness have inspired Karla to pursue a legal career as a civil rights attorney. Karla believes in the necessity to ensure first generation peers from her community have access to mentorship, support, and guidance—critical pillars that enabled her to navigate the higher education system. As a Peter E. Haas Public Service Leader, and product of the NVC Puente Project, she will work towards strengthening the transfer pipeline between NVC and UCB through the development of a peer-mentoring component for the NVC Puente Project.



Joseline Gonzalez (Class of 2015)

Joseline is majoring in Political Science and is from San Jose, California. She was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States with her parents, the oldest of five and the first person in her family to graduate high school and the first to go to college. Her first-hand experiences have shaped her involvement with the undocumented-immigrant community. Joseline was an active leader with East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, which supports and offers legal services to those individuals who escape war and political persecution. She is currently a liaison for the Multicultural Cultural Community and the Chican@/Latin@ Student Development office which focuses on creating a community among and between other spaces on and off campus. In the current year Joseline is focusing on becoming an educator and mentor for other students. Her Haas Leaders mission is to continue to support the Dreamers Project and create a sustainable program for low income, first generation, undocumented-immigrant students from Berkeley High School.



Isaias Guzman (Class of 2016)

Isaias Guzman is pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. He was born and raised in a predominantly low‐income Latino community in Southeast Los Angeles, California to Mexican immigrant parents and is the first in his family to attend college. Isaias strongly believes in social justice and is learning how government can eliminate social inequalities and how he can assist marginalized communities through a career in public service. He is currently a board member for Gay Straight Alliance Network and has helped empower hundreds of youth as they work to fight homophobia in their schools, and he has lobbied for legislation in Sacramento that would create safer schools for students. Isaias is creating an East Bay Youth Leadership summit that will empower low-income queer youth of color to create social change and enable them to seek higher education. The summit will help create a pipeline of engaged and empowered queer students, particularly low-income queer youth of color, who will seek to create structural policy changes and achieve social justice.



Wendy Hernandez (Class of 2014)

Wendy Hernandez is an American Studies major who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has worked at Berkeley Law’s Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice and has played pivotal roles in several spaces on campus that have developed her knowledge on social inequalities and fostered the leadership qualities she embodies: the Latino-Pre-Law-Society, Stiles Hall, Human Rights of the Incarcerated Coalition, the Restorative Justice Center, the Multicultural Greek community and the RAZA community. Wendy is a student, mentor and tutor for Willard Middle School’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, a college preparatory program for marginalized students in the mid-achieving range. Her service project “Educating and Empowering Willard” aims to demystify the school-to-prison-pipeline and deconstruct social inequalities to 8th grade students at Willard Middle School through monthly workshops and mentor partnerships.



Kati Hinman (Class of 2014)

Kati is from small-town New England and is majoring in peace and conflict studies and minoring in global poverty and practice. She is passionate about working in public health and social work, especially in shelters for women and children. This year she is working with the Public Service Center to implement a Public Interest Internship track for students in programs including Oakland Community Builders, Cal in Local Government, and Alternative Breaks. She will be working with Alternative Breaks program to plan new summer internships with their established community partners in Los Angeles, with a goal of 15-20 interns each summer. Kati also serves with Suitcase Clinic as a Community Resource Advocate in their women’s clinic, working with women individually to connect them to local services. Receiving a scholarship as a Haas Leader will allow her to apply her time to these unpaid positions and connect with other students who share her passions.



Adena Ishii (Class of 2014)

Adena majors in Business Administration and is a transfer student, originally from Agoura Hills in Southern California. She is the Program Coordinator for the Transfer Service Community, a program that aims to assist students in transferring to four year institutions, build leadership, and connect students to service. Adena is a Berkeley City College alumna and is very passionate about increasing the transfer rate and getting students involved in their communities. She contributes much of her success to the public service work that has inspired her to continue her education. In the future, Adena plans to use her business degree to open a community grocery store in Berkeley that will provide organic, local produce, along with a kitchen for cooking classes, as well as spaces for community art, music, and events.



Paulina Olvera (Class of 2015)

Paulina Olvera is a third-year Chicana from Rancho Cucamonga, CA majoring in political science and history. Her previous experiences in Alternative Breaks, a social justice program that includes a service trip over spring break, have left her eager to continue working on immigration issues and explore the ways in which her own experiences inform her newfound drive for leadership and service. The Peter E. Haas Public Service Program will provide support as she focuses on school and her project: leading her peers on a service-learning trip to Arizona in spring 2014, a task which includes teaching a class on immigration in Arizona, leading a trip of twelve students to Tucson and Phoenix to connect with communities involved, and spreading awareness through fundraising and recruiting. This year Paulina is also an intern at UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Center.  She hopes to follow a path that incorporates the values she learned from Alternative Breaks: social justice, sustainability, and learning from/with communities.



Joshua Tovar (Class of 2014)

Joshua is from Stockton, CA and is pursuing a degree in rhetoric at UC Berkeley.  Throughout his years in college, Joshua Tovar has interacted with a wide array of people who struggle financially and live in impoverished neighborhoods.  These people include his classmates, closest friends, and family. With this community in mind, Joshua developed the Education and Demonstration to Guide and Empower (EDGE) Program. EDGE mentors local youth by helping them create sustainable projects towards social justice. In doing so, these young people gain leadership and learn about societal and political issues in hopes of creating solutions.  Some of his service and academic highlights include serving as a Peer Academic Counselor with the Educational Opportunity Program, liaison to the Dean of Students, Public Policy Intern at the Office of City Council in Richmond, and Public Policy and International Affairs fellow. In the next stage of his life, Joshua plans on applying to Teach for America or the Peace Corps and then graduate school so he can develop technical skills to make positive changes when he returns to his community.



Nicole Weinstein (Class of 2014)

Nicole Weinstein is a senior double majoring in psychology and media studies. Raised in a divorced Los Angeles household, she attended various schools that revealed issues in the education system. Having tutored since high school, her passion for education thrived at Cal where she joined Berkeley United in Literacy Development (BUILD) as a literacy tutor and director.  Nicole also is active with Peer Health Exchange (PHE) as a health educator for Alcohol, a group leader for Nutrition and Physical Activity, and now co-coordinator of the Berkeley chapter.  Nicole is initiating a curriculum development project to guide over 30 BUILD and PHE directors in becoming stronger leaders. She will create online databases with curricula that cover program-specific topics, general education information, and community-based data to bring current issues to life and inspire her fellow peers.



Eric-Michael Wilson (Class of 2014)

Eric-Michael-Michael is a senior pursuing his B.A. in Sociology and Mass Communications & Media Studies. He was born in Niles, Michigan and raised in Southern California’s Inland Empire.  Eric-Michael is the first in his family to attend college and is the proud product of multiple youth development and college prep programs for marginalized and low income youth—including Educational Opportunity Program, Advancement Via Individual Determination, and Upward Bound. Eric-Michael strongly believes in the importance of youth having strong, positive role models throughout their formative years and strives to promote empowerment amongst youth growing up in communities where they are often not given access to such. His Haas Public Service Leaders Award will enable him to implement “Young Lifted Mindz”, a student-mentor program designed to partner East Bay youth with positive mentors from the UCB campus community in aims to provide them with the resources necessary to create art and engage in healthy creative outlets year-round. Eric-Michael is also a member of the Cal Facilitation Team, Bonner Leaders AmEric-Michaelorps (at the East Oakland Youth Development Center), and a proud brother of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated. He is co-founder of Cal’s Afrikan Arts Society and has a passion for film, journalism, spoken word, and social justice.


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