University of Southern California, Non-Governmental Orgs & Social Change, 2022, PST
Budget Assistant (2018-Present)
Cale & Irani Programming Chair (2019-2020)
Alpha Lambda Delta Assistant Director of Communications (2019-2020)
Makela is a junior at the University of Southern California. She is pursuing both her Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Bachelor of Arts in Non-Governmental Organizations & Social Change. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education at USC and obtain her Master's in Social Entrepreneurship. During her college career, Makela has made it a priority to contribute to her community both on and off-campus. She has dedicated most of her time to community service projects, participating in two Alternative Break Volunteer Programs and mentoring high school students through initiatives such as TIRP (Teaching International Relations Program), College Access Day, and Personal Statement Weekend. On-campus, Makela maintained several leadership positions that significantly strengthened her communication and organization skills. Including her role as Programming Chair for her Residential Housing's Community Council. This position gave her the opportunity to utilize her creativity, build community, and ensure that inclusivity remained one of the core values of university spaces. Using her experiences as a guide, Makela's long term goal is to commit to a career in community development; implementing new ways to serve her communities and inspiring change through social innovation.