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Student Assistant (GA)

Jakob Schmall

After volunteering with SPI during his fourth year as undergraduate student at SDSU studying Biology with minors in Interdisciplinary Studies and Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience, Jakob works part-time with SPI as a student assistant supporting a wide variety of projects. This fall, Jakob will embark on his journey as a Graduate Student at SDSU’s School of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Management and Policy. Outside of the Social Policy Institute, Jakob continues to work in the residence halls as an Assistant Coordinator for Programming.
Student Intern

Emily Tran

Emily Tran (she/her/hers) is a second-generation Vietnamese-American to two refugee parents and is a part of the LGBTQ+ community. In 2013, she became certified as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and found her passion in serving vulnerable populations in the community, specifically in providing care for senior citizens in the Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE). She is currently an undergraduate student at San Diego State University majoring in Gerontology and minoring in Asian Studies. As a result of her passion in the field of health and senior care, she is currently serving as the Chair of the Commission on Aging in Chula Vista and hopes to redefine what aging means by challenging people’s stereotypes about the process.
Student Intern

Ricardo Duarte

Ricardo graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012 majoring in Sociology. He then moved back to San Diego to work as a Preschool Teacher for the YMCA. Ricardo also brings experience from his tenure as the Education Coordinator for Father Joe's Villages’ Therapeutic Childcare Center which allowed him to provide educational counseling to families and develop and implement community events. He is passionate about increasing literacy rates and interest in STEAM-related education. Ricardo is currently pursuing their Master's in Social Work at San Diego State University with an emphasis on macro-related Administration.
Student Intern

Yvonne Epps

Yvonne received her Bachelor's in Social Work from San Diego State University in 2013 and a year later started working for San Diego County's Child Welfare Services (CWS). For five years, Yvonne has worked with families involved with CWS and provided case management services to those who were involved with both court mandated cases and voluntary non-court involved cases. She has also previously worked as an investigator for emergency response, and specialized in medically fragile cases, assessing the safety and risk of their homes, and connecting them with local services. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in macro practice through Boston University's Online School of Social Work and is expected to graduate in 2023.
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