Meet SVC

    Laura Wishart

  • Laura


    Laura is a fourth-year Kresge affiliate majoring in Sociology with a minor in Politics. She is passionate about volunteering as a way to strengthen community bonds and has previously volunteered with the SUA Office of External Affairs lobbying elected representatives on student issues. She has also volunteered with the UCSC CARE office, which offers confidential support, advocacy, resources, and violence prevention education on campus. As SVC Director, she oversees the CSP grants and quarterly internship program.

  • Lydia Jenkins-Sleczkowski

  • Lydia

    Programs Director

    Lydia Jenkins-Sleczkowski is a second-year affiliate of Cowell College majoring in Environmental Studies and Economics. In her hometown of San Francisco, Lydia had the opportunity to volunteer as Management Director of MoveAbout Theater, a student-run company that brought free theater to the parks of the city. Since then, she has gotten involved at UCSC by working with the Cowell Programs Office, KZSC Santa Cruz, and as a Cowell Welcome Leader. Lydia is excited to plan events that will connect UCSC to the greater Santa Cruz community and share the SVC mission with students during her time as Programs Director.

  • Emily Buczko

  • Emily

    Operations Director

    Emily is a fourth-year Crown affiliate majoring in Economics with a Statistics minor. In her hometown of San Pedro, Emily volunteered at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium as an Exhibit Hall docent. She also volunteered as a math and English tutor at the Good Shepherd Shelter a domestic violence shelter located in downtown Los Angeles. As the Operations Director for the SVC, Emily is excited to help students find a cause to pursue they'd be passionate about as well as connect with various organizations within the Santa Cruz community.


  • Julian

  • Julian

    Fall 2017 Intern

    Julian comes from the San Francisco Bay Area and is a third-year Porter affiliate majoring in History. He first discovered his interest in volunteering when he volunteered at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center as a high school student. There, not only did he learn about the nuts and bolts of hospital life, he witnessed, first-hand, the impact volunteers make in people’s lives. In Santa Cruz, he has been a student mentor to high school seniors at Soquel High School. The mentoring was focused on preparing students for the big step after high school and giving them the tools to succeed. Julian has also devoted time to volunteering for local and national campaigns and voter registration. Overall, he is excited to learn more about volunteering, work with his fellow interns, and positively impact the growing future of Santa Cruz.

  • Huong

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    Fall 2017 Intern

    Huong is a third year Crown affiliate majoring in Intensive Psychology. Born and raised in San Jose, she had the opportunity to volunteer through her Interact Club in high school, and then joined the Rotaract Club of Santa Cruz County based at UCSC. Both are community service clubs under Rotary International that aim to serve both locally and internationally through community service, fundraising, and youth empowerment. As SVC Intern, she wants to do her best to outreach and connect to local organizations, aiming to continue her passion for service and encourage others to make positive impacts in their community.

  • Saajia

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    Fall 2017 Intern

    Sajia is a second year Porter affiliate majoring in Psychology. In her hometown of Danville, California, Sajia attended The Athenian School where she spent time as community service intern for two years. During her internship, she worked with and fundraised for Trust in Education, a nonprofit dedicated to giving back to children and families in Afghanistan. Sajia is incredibly passionate about giving back to her community and is excited to bridge the UCSC campus with the Santa Cruz community through her service work this quarter.