The Center for Civic Engagement sought nominations from our community for students who are leading in their community through various forms of civic engagement (direct service, philanthropy/giving, activism/advocacy, etc.). The criteria for students is not based upon held leadership roles, but rather a devotion to social change and bettering their community. Read on to learn about the students being spotlighted this term.

Have a student in mind? The nomination form can be found here.

Rob Naemura

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Rob Naemura is a sophomore studying BioHealth Science and is in the pre-dental program. He is involved in the pre-dental club outreach program, which provides outreach and education programs about dental health for elementary school students; he expresses how much he enjoys reaching out to students and giving out dental supplies as well. Why dentistry? Rob was guided by a mentor into realizing that a dentist isn’t just a doctor, but an engineer and an artist that serves their community; he looks forward to helping people develop their health and confidence. Rob’s parents live overseas, which has allowed him to develop a global perspective and he’s continuing to explore how he can serve his global community.

Rob also works as an academic learning assistant at Tebeau Hall. He is focused on guiding students through all their available resources and creating a solid support system for students to be engaged in their community. He is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and enjoys the philanthropic and service aspects of Greek life.

Rob interned at Kaiser Permanente this past year and discovered his additional passion for the administrative side of healthcare through his work there. Looking to the future, he wants to advocate for accessible and affordable dental care for everyone.