Our Student Leaders in Civic Engagement (SLiCE) are student employees in the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement who plan and implement service opportunities for MWCC students and community partners.
Stevie LaBelle: Growing Places
Stevie LaBelle is the Student Leader in Civic Engagement currently placed with Growing Places of Leominster, MA. Stevie is a second year S.L.i.C.E who was assigned with the Students Serving Our Students Office last year. Currently a Liberal Arts and Sciences major, she will be going on to pursue a degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Politics next year. Additionally, Stevie is the managing editor of the Mount Observer at MWCC as well as a member of numerous other clubs on campus. She is an Honors Program Student and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Outside of her work and education, Stevie is a mother of two much-loved children: Hunter and Isabel. She enjoys spending her free time reading, writing, cooking and gardening. Stevie hopes to one day attend law school and become a published author.
Eden Shaveet: Access and Transition
Eden Shaveet is an Israeli-born Gateway to College student pursuing an education in psychology and neuroscience. Partnered with the Department of Access and Transition at MWCC, Eden works with local middle and high school students to provide a multitude of academic, college, and career awareness services through the Upward Bound Math and Science program and the Educational Talent Search.
Outside of SLiCE, Eden works with the House of Peace and Education in Gardner Massachusetts as a mentor for the Pals Program, is a blogger for the Gateway to College National Network, the current President of the Human Service Club, the Vice President and Treasurer of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance, and a Student Affiliate of the American Psychological Association. She is a three-time recipient of the Student of the Month Award, and earning induction to the President’s List for maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout her entire college career thus far.
Despite having left traditional school at the age of 14, Eden has managed to reclaim her education and surpass all expectation. Eden plans to continue her education to the doctoral level.
Rachel Vargeletis: United Way Youth Venture
Rachel Vargeletis is a returning student this fall in the Pathways Early College Innovation School here at the Mount. This allows her to simultaneously earn her high school diploma and her associates degree in Human Services by graduation in May 2017. She is enthusiastic about her amazing educational opportunity and position on the Dean’s list, as well as her involvement on campus with PTK, SAGA, The Human Services Club, and the school newspaper.
A large part of her current role as a SLiCE member will be in her site placement with United Way Youth Venture; Rachel will be entering surrounding schools to mentor and facilitate students in their pursuit to develop their ideas or “ventures”. Rachel is inviting, strong-willed, and intently focused on service above self award. In her free time she enjoys long walks on the beach, clichés, and coaxing her obese dog Lola to move.
Gemini Walter: Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement
Gemini is currently a student at MWCC pursuing an associate’s degree with a major in Human Services. He brings a non-traditional background both personally and academically. He tends to be reserved but is also known to use humor to open hearts and minds to create human connections to deal with difficult issues.
Gemini’s long-term goal is to help teenagers and children understand the importance of education as a path to their success. He continues to share his experiences with at-risk teens and children in Springfield with the hopes of encouraging them to see their potential.
Gemini is excited to be part of the SLiCE team. He is looking forward to getting involved in the broader MWCC community, as well as, supporting civic programs in the area. He anticipates the opportunity will serve as a springboard to his future professional endeavors.