C21 Student Advisory Board
the church in the 21st century center
the church in the 21st century center
The Student Advisory Board is comprised of Boston College undergraduate students. The board meets bi-monthly to connect about ideas for the center, engage in dialogue about the Catholic Church and explore greater questions surrounding their faith. The main task of the board is to plan for, promote, and host Agape Latte. In addition, this year the Student Advisory Board will be helping to promote the new C21 iPhone App. If you are interested in joining the Student Advisory Board please contact Karen Kiefer at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an interview. Please note that our board members honor a two-year commitment.
Sabrina Caraffa, '15
I am a sophomore in the Connell School of Nursing, minoring in Hispanic Studies, and I absolutely LOVE studying this, despite its many challenges. My hometown is the beautiful and sunny Phoenix, Arizona and my hobbies include hiking, running, swimming and reading. At BC, I am a Cura leader for a group on the Newton campus and I was a Beginnings Retreat leader for the freshmen. I have also been a team captain for BC’s Relay for Life in 2012 and now in 2013. Outside of BC, I volunteer at Children’s Hospital Boston because I love the opportunity to put smiles on children's faces. Before coming to BC, I had a fairly strong perception of God and my faith, however once I came here, I realized how much more there was to learn and how many opportunities there were for me to grow in my faith. I learn something new every day in terms of my faith and I am nowhere near having it all figured out. The first Agape Latte I attended early in my freshman year was very eye opening for me, and I wanted to become more involved. I see C21 and the student board as a phenomenal opportunity for me to learn more about both my faith and myself and to share opportunities with students at BC to do the same. I have loved meeting new people through C21 and I am excited to help C21 grow!
Meghan Conley, '14
I am the oldest of four kids from Needham, Massachusetts and am a junior here at BC. I am currently a sociology major but am on a five year track to be a nurse. I play on the varsity lacrosse team, so the only way for me to pursue nursing was to choose a different major and go to school for a fifth year. I love playing lacrosse, running, sailing in Cape Cod, and I am really passionate about community service which is why I am a volunteer at Children's Hospital in Boston! After being introduced to Karen Kiefer and attending Agape Latte several times, I decided that the C21 board is something that I really wanted to be a part of. I am so excited to join C21 and am looking forward to developing my faith even further and spreading it to the BC community! I feel it is important to ignite the faith within the students here and encourage more people to openly talk about their spirituality and the church.
Lauren Conti, '13
I'm a senior studying marketing and communications at Boston College, originally from North Andover, MA. This coming Fall I'll be studying abroad in Madrid at La Universidad de Carolos III. Since my freshman year, I have been a member of the C21 Advisory Board as well as the work-study student for C21. In addition to work at the C21 Center, I am a tutor for the BC Neighborhood Center. I have also attended several of the retreats on campus including Beginning, 48 Hours, Halftime and Kairos; and I was fortunate enough to have led the Beginnings retreat last year. That's one thing I love so much about BC, is that there are so many opportunities for students to get involved and connect with one another. There is a truly close sense of community here that I feel between going to football games, and just walking around campus and seeing a familiar face. I joined the C21 Student Advisory Board as another way to connect with people and help create an open discussion about the Church with my peers.
Tatiana Cortes, '13
I am currently a junior majoring in theology and minoring in sociology. My hometown is just 15 minutes away from BC in Roxbury, MA. I absolutely love Boston College and the incredible people on this campus. Here at Boston College I am an Appalachia leader, on the board for Student for Education Reform and a work-study student for Campus Ministry. I also volunteer with 4Boston at St. Francis house. Some of my interest includes traveling, hiking, and basketball. This is my first semester being a part of the C21 student advisory and I am excited for what’s to come!
Kevin Egan, '14
Originally from Westborough, MA, I am a Junior in the Carroll School of Management. I'm studying Finance and Information Systems. I love skiing, baseball, football, and music. On campus, I'm also active with the Student Admissions Program. I cam in context with the C21 Advisory Board late in my Freshman year, and it had turned out to be a great way to get involved wihile actively practicing my faith.
Julia Fick, '14
I am a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences. I am majoring in Biology and minoring in Theology. Originally, I am from Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Here at Boston College, I am a member of the Relay for Life committee, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. I was a part of the Freshman Leadership Program and played intramural sports in my freshman year. Also, I work at the Media Technology Services in Campion. I chose to get involved in C21 after attending Agape Latte. At Agape Latte, I enjoyed being engaged in a honest conversation about God with other college students. I was able to get some insight into how my peers have transitioned into the college life and have maintained a relationship with God. C21's events on campus invite students to openly talk about their faith and help build a faith community among students. The group conversation during C21 events encourage students to challenge what they believe in and truly develop their faith into something meaningful.
Michael Foley, ‘13
I am senior from Belmont, Massachusetts, studying Political Science and Theology. I am in my second year as a Resident Assistant for freshmen and am also a Junior Fellow at BC’s Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. I became interested in joining the Student Advisory Board after talking with several older students who were involved. I am so excited to be part of an organization which is in the vanguard of renewal and growth for the Catholic Church.
Lauren Henehan, '14
My name is Lauren and I am a junior at Boston College, studying business/accounting and Spanish. I am from Beverly, Massachusetts, and enjoy playing intramural soccer, tennis, and volunteering. Besides the beautiful campus, I really love the sense of community you feel when you walk around BC. I also admire all of the opportunities and activities Boston College has to offer and the life-long connections that can be made. I joined C21 last fall because I wanted to enliven my faith and learn from what my peers had to say about the role of faith and God in their lives. The C21 center is such a welcoming community, and getting involved is a great opportunity to create discussion about topics and issues that are prevalent today. Also, the Agape Latte program is a great way to relax with friends, eat cake, and listen to members of the BC community give inspirational talks that can be applied to one's own life. Everyone should get involved!
Ben Martin, '13
My name is Ben Martin. I'm from Tampa, Florida, and I'm a senior majoring in philosophy. In addition to C21, I'm involved in a number of student organizations on campus, particularly the St. Thomas More Society. I am grateful for the opportunity in participate in these communities rooted in the faith, and, through them, to serve the greater Boston College community.
Catherine Putko, '14
Growing up in a military family, I moved nine times before coming to BC but call Colorado home. I am a junior, planning to major in either psychology or theology. I am a music minor and play the piano. Long-distance running, skiing, and spending time outdoors in general are huge passions of mine. In addition to C21, I participate in Peer Health Exchange, a non-profit organization in which college students teach health education workshops at inner-city public schools that have cut health classes from their curriculum. I also ran the Boston Marathon in 2011 for The Campus School, had a phenomenal experience, and plan to run Boston (and hopefully many other marathons) in my remaining years at BC. I joined C21 after attending a few Agape Lattes and other talks sponsored by C21 and loved how each of the discussions addressed the question of what our faith means for us today.
Kyle Seibert, '14
I am currently a junior from New York studying Theology and Philosophy and earning a certificate in Global Service and Justice . At Boston College, I have been a part of the 4Boston volunteers and the Arrupe International Immersion program. I also am a member of the Leadership Team for Salt and Light, and on campus Christian Fellowship. I got involved at the Church in the 21st Century Center in freshman year because I felt the need to help in the revitalization of spirituality
on campus and in the community.
Meg Stapleton Smith, '13
I am senior at Boston College, originally from Westchester, New York. I am a Theology major with a double minor in Faith, Peace, and Justice Studies and Catholic Studies. During the second semester of my junior year I studies abroad in El Salvador at the Casa de la Solidaridad. I am very involved in Campus Ministry, I am the senior director of Cura and I lead a small group as well. I also am a Eucharistic Minister and I have done service trips with Urban Immersion and Appalachia Volunteers. Other than being on the Student Advisory Board, I am also the Church in the 21st Century Intern. I originally became interested in the center because I understand how important it is to get young people engaged in dialogue on faith and our Church.
Elizabeth Stief, '15
I am a sophomore originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, majoring in Accounting and minoring in International Studies with a focus on Ethics and International Social Justice. My interests include running, dancing, and music. I am in love with BC and am involved in various groups on campus including 4Boston- a volunteer group, Synergy- BC's premiere hip hop dance company, DOBC- the Dance Organization of Boston College, and the Student Admissions Program. I am more than happy to be a new member of the C21 Student Advisory Board and cannot wait to contribute to the amazing Catholic faith presence on the Boston College campus!
Tim Strakosch '14
I am a junior in the Carroll School of Management concentrating in Finance and minoring in Philosophy. I am from Needham, Massachusetts and have lived there all of my life. I have a younger brother who is a freshman at BC and younger sister who is a perspective freshman next year. Here at Boston College I am involved in the Student Admissions Program, various intramural sports, the Investment Club and volunteer at Mt. Alvernia Elementary School. Outside of school I enjoy golfing, fishing and boating in Cape Cod. I did not get involved at The Church of the 21st Century Center until the first semester of my Junior year, so it is never too late to get involved! C21 has helped me actively practice my faith on campus with peers who share very similar interests. All are encouraged to participate!
Pete Trainor '15
My name is Pete Trainor and I am a Sophomore in A&S from Beverly, MA. I am a Sociology major with a minor in Management and Leadership. Also on campus I am a 4Boston Council Member for the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter, and a member of the Sophomore Leadership Council through the Residence Hall Association. I am very excited to begin my work on the Student Advisory Board, and look forward to a great semester planning events.
Meghan Wenger, '13
Originally from Minnesota, I am a senior at BC and an International Studies major. I am especially looking forward to studying abroad in Rome this year. My interests include running, photography, and art. In addition to C21, I'm involved in several Campus Ministry groups and I am an International Assistant. I really enjoy the sense of community on BC's campus. I am very thankful for the strong relationships that are fostered through BC's commitment to faith, service, and activities. I especially enjoy how C21's events invite individuals to further think and converse about matters of faith.