Civic Engagement Advisory Council
My name is Sarah Berning, and I am a Baylor senior from Sulphur Springs, TX, studying Professional Writing and Rhetoric, Entrepreneurship, and Religion. I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, a member of Highland Baptist Church where I serve as a preschool volunteer, and am a Baylor Family Group Leader this semester. My passion for human trafficking motivates me to work, ideally through writing, for a nonprofit that advocates for victims and survivors. After visiting Europe twice so far, my dream is to live in Ireland for a couple of years at some point in my life, the sooner the better though! My ideal situation includes being cozied up with a warm blanket, good book, cup of tea with honey, candle burning, and Taylor Swift's new album Folklore playing in the background.
My name is Juan Castellanos and I am a senior psychology major on the Pre-Med track. I am from Harlingen Texas, which is a small city about 30 minutes from Mexico. After graduation, I plan to take a gap year before applying to medical school. Currently at Baylor, I am the President of Latino Pre-Health Student Association, a member of Ampersand Society, and a Peer Discussion Leader for freshman/transfer Psychology students. Previously, I have volunteered as a research assistant in Dr. Tsang’s social psychology lab, and I am a former SHECP scholar. Off campus, I volunteer as an 8th grade math tutor at Chilton Middle School through Communities in School. In my downtime, I enjoy playing/watching sports, working out, finding new music, hanging out with friends, and have recently got into longboarding.
Lilac Ding is a junior from Memphis, Tennessee studying sociology, political science and economics as a University Scholars major within the College of Arts & Sciences. Lilac is a member of the Baylor Ambassadors and Ampersand Society. This past summer, Lilac interned at the Austin Chamber of Commerce helping students gain access to post-secondary education and aiding schools in the pandemic recovery process. She has also worked with schools in Waco ISD and local nonprofits that serve the community. After graduation, Lilac hopes to work in community organizing and mutual aid, especially surrounding the education system.
Cody Olson is a junior University Scholar concentrating in biochemistry, medical humanities, and Spanish. He is on the pre-medicine track, with special interests in research and public health. Actively involved in Baylor's Medical Service Organization and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, Cody has developed a passion for serving others in healthcare settings. After graduation, he plans to attend medical school.
Cassidy Parshall of Colleyville, Texas, is a senior at Baylor University. She is pursuing a BBA in Business Fellows and finance with a minor in mathematics. Ms. Parshall serves as president of Baylor’s chapter of the Global Surgery Student Alliance and as Undergraduate Representative for the Global Surgery Student Alliance national team, an organization committed to educating, inspiring, and uniting students through engagement and mentorship in global surgery. In addition, she is co-president of Pre-Health Mentors, a group of upper-level students that provides mentorship, resources, and support to the pre-health student community, and a head teaching assistant for Foundations in Medicine, a course that all pre-medical students take during their first year at Baylor. Upon graduation, she plans to attend medical school and hopes to spend her future medical career addressing the lack of safe and affordable surgical care around the world.
My name is Taylor Siebenman. I’m from St. Louis, Missouri. I am a junior university scholar concentrating in Biology and Medical Humanities with plans to attend medical school in the future. Currently, I am pursuing an honors thesis regarding research on the effects of Covid-19 in communities and how the authority figures in those communities responded. At Baylor I am involved in Alpha Epsilon Delta, Ampersand Society, the Getterman Scholars Program, and Kappa Alpha Theta. In the future I plan to put into practice everything Baylor has taught me about serving my community into my career as a physician. I am grateful for the opportunities that Baylor has given me to become the best scholar and member of my community that I can be and can’t wait to learn even more through the Civic Engagement Advisory Council.