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Volunteer Spotlight: Los Angeles Community Leader

We asked Cassandra Robinson, CCIS’05, a volunteer in our Los Angeles Community a few questions about why she volunteers, and what advice she has for others.

Cassandra Robinson, class of 2005 graduate of the College of Computer and Information Science, volunteers because it allows her to make connections with different people that she would not otherwise cross paths with.

“I’ve done sporting events, charity events, hiking, co-op gatherings, and good old fashion happy hours. Each time, I was able to be a representative of my university to engage with peers.”

Robinson feels that volunteering has strengthened her connection to Northeastern. She loves to meet with alumni that span years before and after her tenure, learning about the different environments they experienced at NU. From new buildings and the beginnings or evolutions of new colleges, to common professors, “It’s amazing to see the growth and influence of the university.”

Robinson was born and raised in New England, but has been living in California for over 10 years. “I love the idea that the tendrils of Northeastern pride can reach across the country.” She finds her connections with the local Northeastern community very fulfilling, especially when meeting with current co-op students or prospective students.

“It’s exciting to see the tenacity and motivation of the young, fresh minds. It’s outstanding!”

Robinson reflected that many alumni enjoy the local events that are purposefully organized separate from fundraising efforts. News of upcoming gatherings are distributed through the regional events email and social media channels, including the LA Community Facebook page.

Her advice to fellow Huskies is to “jump in the pool. If you have a few hours to spare and want to connect with like-minded people, then volunteer. Any fresh new ideas for gatherings and events are welcomed.”

published October 2017