The Passion Behind the Organization
Hello everyone ! My name is Julie and I’m a Senior and my major is in CSAD. I hope to accomplish representation of diversity and to help create a safe space for everyone. Mental health is a priority of mine and I hope to help others as well to prioritize this in life and while in school. I look forward to working as an SLP in the future and possibly continuing into a Doctorate program in the future. I am in love with the countless possible pathways within the SLP field and I am excited for what the future entails.
My favorite quote would have to be "You are the greatest project you will ever work on".
Hello R.A.I.N.B.O.W members,
My name is Manar Tayeh and I am a Senior here in Sac State. As a member of the team I hope to continue to push inclusivity and respect for all backgrounds in our field. I am looking forward to working with my team members to accomplish these goals.
My favorite quote has always been “Just because he/she carries it well doesn’t mean it’s not heavy” I take this to mean be kind to everyone because everyone has their struggles and we never know what they may be going through.
Hello everyone! I am a Latina senior in the CSAD undergraduate program. My current goal is to get into a speech pathology masters program. I am still trying to figure out what interests me most within the speech pathology field but helping to improve the quality of life for any population is the most important thing for me! Being a positive change in the clients life is something I look forward to and hopefully this positivity will extend to all my CSAD peers. I admire friendship and kindness and hope to use these tools to create a safe space in R.A.I.N.B.O.W. for underrepresented students to come together.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
Hello! My name is Allexis Obligar and I am a senior in the CSAD program here at Sac State. I am passionate about serving and helping others, and my future goal in life is to become an SLP. As a member of R.A.I.N.B.O.W., I strive to create a diverse and inclusive environment, where everyone feels safe and welcomed to be themselves. I hope to build strong bonds and friendships, and be a support for one another as we go through this crazy journey called college!
“It’s a miracle becoming yourself.” - Kings Kaleidoscope
Hello everyone! My name is Lily and I am a senior in the CSAD program. I hope to accomplish a safe, welcoming, and positive space for everyone. As a member of R.A.I.N.B.O.W I will do everything to ensure that individuals feel included and represented and as the disability liaison I will also make sure that individuals with disabilities have equal opportunities, access, and accommodations. I am passionate about helping others and my dream is to become SLP.
My favorite quote would have to be “No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.”
GERARD DE JESUS HE/HIM/HIS
I’m Gerard De Jesus and am a current senior in the CSAD undergrad program hoping to pursue a career in audiology. I love creating new friendships and aim to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students to feel welcome when joining the undergraduate program.
“The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience”. - Frank Herbert
Hi, my name is Danitza Camacho! I am a first year grad student in the csad program at sac state. I hope to be a source to students in their undergrad and be able to connect them to the grad students! I know for many of us, navigating college is difficult/scary, especially looking into grad schools can be terrifying. I hope that as a grad liaison in rainbow, I can be a source of resources for prospective grad students. “Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will”.
LEAH GEER ZARCHY
Hello, to share a little bit about myself, I always wanted to become a teacher of some kind. I see myself as a life-long learner! By the time I got to college, I knew I wanted to teach college-level students. My Ph.D. area of specialization is linguistics. Since joining the faculty at Sac State, my work has become broader, including work on imposter syndrome, teacher-scholarship, and most recently early childhood deaf education. I recently co-wrote an ASL curriculum for hearing families with deaf or hard-of-hearing children. My co-author is an SLP who graduated from Sac State's program! This semester I'm looking forward to teaching a new class for the first time, ASL Classifiers.
"I'm not proud to be disabled in higher ed. But I am proud to stand amongst many disabled scholars who are actively and viciously fighting to carve out space for disabled academics at all career stages." - Dr. Nicole Lee Schroeder
JOSEPH RAM RAJ ARATA M.S. CCC-SLP
2023 Fall Advisor
I've been a SLP for 6 years, starting my 7th. I attended Sacramento State both for my bachelor's and Graduate school. I graduated in 2015 and 2017. I am an AAC specialist and this my 3rd year in that role in Elk Grove Unified.
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”
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