student advisory committee, 2021-2022

Keeping it relevant and real

Each spring, we welcome new members to the Student Advisory Committee, comprised of up to 30 students from across the country who show extraordinary leadership and dedication to Active Minds. The committee is an advisory body to the national office that brings the student perspective to organizational decision making.

Apply for the 2022-2023 Student Advisory Committee

The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is comprised of a small group of students from nine regions across the United States and Canada who show extraordinary leadership and dedication to the mission of Active Minds. The committee is an advisory body to the national office that brings the student perspective to organizational decision-making. The Student Advisory Committee is a paid opportunity. To learn more and apply, click here.

Meet the SAC Members!

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Nathan Blanken

President of the Active Minds Student Advisory Committee

Pronouns: he/him/his

School: University of Maryland – College Park

About: Nathan is a junior Computer Science major with a minor in Geospatial Information Science. He is currently the President of the Active Minds Student Advisory Committee and President of Active Minds chapter at the University of Maryland – College Park. Nathan joined Active Minds because he think students need more mental health education and hopes to be able to educate students all over his campus. Outside of school he enjoys skateboarding, going to the beach, and hammocking.

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Jordan Kozuki

Pronouns: she/her/hers

School: California State University

About: Jordan is a senior at California State University, Fresno where she is a psychology major. After graduation, she plans to pursue her Master’s degree in cognitive neuroscience, and would like to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical pediatric neuropsychology. Her journey with Active Minds has been influential throughout her college career in sharing her personal story as a survivor of suicide loss, and has even inspired her to begin researching public stigma on her campus. When Jordan is not at school, she enjoys gardening, spending time with her animals, and traveling.

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Natasha Reddy

Pronouns:she/her/hers

School:University of San Francisco

About: Natasha is a senior at the University of San Francisco studying Psychology and is passionate about mental health advocacy. Natasha launched Active Minds at USF two years ago and has served as President since to create a safe space for those struggling with their mental health and to advocate for better access to mental health resources on campus. She has enjoyed helping execute various campus collaborations and is excited to continue positively impacting students as the National Student Advisory Committee’s Secretary. Natasha is also involved with the organization United Students for Veterans’ Health, where she raises awareness about mental health challenges that veterans face. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, playing tennis, and spending time with friends and family.

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Geela Ramos

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

School: Arizona State University

About: Geela is a computer science major, with a minor in cognitive science, at the University of Central Florida. Joining Active Minds during their first year, they rose to the role of Chapter President and AMSA member as a sophomore. With support from their E-Board, their chapter has been able to host successful fundraisers for different community partners; additionally, they have worked in tandem with a variety of student organizations and agencies to advance advocacy efforts in different sectors connecting to mental health. Over the past three years, Geela has enjoyed brainstorming new initiatives and hopes to continue organizing long-lasting programs. In their spare time, they love exploring Orlando and other cities you may find them in to seek out interesting eateries and novelty stores.

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Emma Lamoreaux

Pronouns: she/her/hers

School: Temple University

About: Emma currently majors in Health Information Management, and minors in Public Health, at Temple University. She intends to use her degree to solve accessibility issues within healthcare using technology. She first got involved with her university’s Active Minds chapter during her sophomore year, after dealing with mental hardships throughout her first year. She wanted to help those struggling, and attempt to make others feel less alone by sharing her own vulnerable experiences. This year, she is excited to serve as her chapter’s co-president, and reach more students. Outside of Temple, she enjoys creative writing as well as working on personal graphic design projects, much like how she started as a graphic designer within her chapter.

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Jauron Pruitt

Pronouns: he/him/his

School: Denmark Technical College

About: As a freshman at Denmark Technical College, soon to be a sophomore, Jauron studying exercise science, intending to become a Sports Medicine Doctor and Nutritionist. The reason he is involved with Active Minds is to contribute to an organization that focuses strongly on improving the mental health of others, both for those who struggle now and to better prepare and help the future generation with their struggles. As President of the Male Initiative for Recruitment, Reward, and Overall Retention (MIRROR) program, he is also a proud member of Denmark Technical College’s Student Government Association.

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Doah Shin

Pronouns: she/her/hers

School: Vanderbilt University

About: Doah is a senior at Vanderbilt University studying Psychology and Public Health. She joined Active Minds in her freshman year after encountering the Send Silence Packing exhibit in 2019 and learning more about its mission and purpose. She is very passionate about suicide prevention due to various personal experiences with suicide, so seeing the many initiatives and events led by Active Minds inspired her to get more involved. She is now serving as the co-president of Active Minds for her second year, and she is so excited to engage in mental health advocacy both at Vanderbilt and beyond her campus! Outside of Active Minds, Doah volunteers with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is a peer coach at the Help Club, and is involved with research on-campus.

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Emily Muench

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About: Emily Muench is a junior Digital Marketing major with minors in Media Production and Social Media Production. Five weeks into her first year, she started an Active Minds branch on her campus. She is involved with Active Minds because of her struggles with mental health and her passion for mental health advocacy. In her free time, she enjoys painting and singing in her family band.

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Blake Matthews

Pronouns: he/him/his

School: Arizona State University

About: As a current Psychology major and a future Licensed Marriage and family Therapist, Blake joined Active Minds because he wholeheartedly understands the stigma around mental health and believes in changing the conversation. He found out about Active Minds through Arizona State University and quickly became the Advocacy Coordinator and Social Media head for the 2021-2022 school year. Outside of Active Minds and school, you’ll see him everywhere from volunteering for the Crisis Text Line, being a Board Member and Peer Support Program Coordinator for American Trans Resource Hub, working on Mission Music Foundation (his own non-profit) or music (Honestly, Me), to taking photos, traveling, and generally being active in his community. He am VAR and Overdose certified, and believe that no one should be alone when they are hurting.

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Nicole Cappelino

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School: University of Colorado, Denver

About: Nicole Cappellino Is a first generation Colombian student studying criminal justice, minoring in human development and family relations and concentration on victims and victim services. She will be graduating from the University of Colorado, Denver in December of 2022. I have worked with Young Invincibles, New Era Colorado, The Colorado Youth Advisory Council and am a proud member of the 2022- 2023 Active Minds Student Advisory Committee!

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Gabriela Agulair

Pronouns: she/her/hers

School: Chabot College

About: Gaby is a CSUEB transfer student working on my Bachelors with a major in Psychology. She started an Active Minds chapter at Chabot College before transferring but continue as an active member as she continues to work at the Chabot campus as Wellness Ambassador and Mental Health Navigator connecting students to mental health services on campus and out in the community. She is a passionate advocate for mental health services, and believes that students thrive on campus when they have support and a space to connect with others that validate their mental health journey. In her free time, she bakes custom cakes, loves to read, and spend time with her three children.

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Tiara Sari

Pronouns: she/her/hers

School: University of California, Riverside

About: Tiara is studying education to become an elementary school teacher at the University of California, Riverside. She became involved in Active Minds because she wanted to surround herself with like-minded individuals who have the same aspirations as she does to combat the stigma surrounding mental health and spread awareness about it. Outside of school, she loves going to raves/festivals and traveling. So far, her favorite festival is EDC, and my favorite travel destination is any national park.