Santa Clara University

Casa de la Solidaridad

Current Students

Fall 2015


Back row (L-R): Abigail Ray (Holy Cross), Rose Lassalle-Klein (Seattle University), Braden Spratt (St. Louis University), Jenna Bagley (Santa Clara University), Taemin Ahn (Georgetown University).

Second row (L-R): Molly Arnason (Loyola Marymount), Megan Bathen (Santa Clara University), Claire Peterson (St. Louis University), Erin Savino (Santa Clara University), Brenda Hernandez (Holy Cross), Hollynd Boyden (Santa Clara University).

Front row (L-R): Fred Oaxaca (Santa Clara University), Nicole Kegley (Fordham University), Jaclyn Ross (Loyola Marymount), Tiffany Velado (Canisius College), Claire Rawson (Seattle University).


Current Student Bios


Claire Peterson

Saint Louis University

Claire is a Junior at Saint Louis University majoring in English, Spanish and International Studies. Between classes in her hometown St. Louis, she enjoys reading some more, dancing ballet and Lindy Hop, and singing with her sister. Her praxis site is San Ramón, visiting the communities of Las Nubes and La Valencia. She's very excited to be a part of such wonderful and joyful communities and is looking forward to a semester of being and learning. She's also very grateful for all those who encouraged her and continue to support her along the way, paso a paso. Adelante!


Taemin Ahn

Georgetown University

Buenas! My name is Taemin and I'm from the Bay Area in California, but I currently live in Seoul, South Korea. I'm a junior at Georgetown University and I'm majoring in Latin American studies and international political economy. I split my time in praxis between Salvador Craft and San Antonio Abad, which means I'll have twice as many incredible people to miss when I leave at the end of the semester!


Megan Bathen

Santa Clara University

Hola! My name is Megan Bathen, and I am from Newport Beach, California. I am a junior at Santa Clara University. I am majoring in psychology and minoring in public health. While I am in El Salvador, my praxis site is a community named San Bartolo and the clinic Fundeso. I have heard countless stories, learned many lessons, and am excited for the rest of my adventure here. A chocolate banana a day keeps the doctor away.


Fred Oaxaca

Santa Clara University

Hello, my name is Fred Oaxaca. I am a Junior at Santa Clara University majoring in Political Science, with minors in Communication and Management and Information Systems. While I spend my time in the Casa I will be accompanying the community of Santa Maria De La Esperanza, spending my time learning the history of the people in the town and with a women's group that work communally growing crops.


Braden Spratt

St. Louis University

Braden Spratt is a junior at Saint Louis University studying Spanish and Latin American Studies. He has been involved with various on campus social justice groups and just finished the Spring semester studying in Spain. He enjoys going going out for milkshakes and pupusas. His favorite El Salvador memory so far is hiking to the top of the Santa Ana volcano. His service site is La Javia, where he works with a community kitchen providing lunch to children in the town."


Jenna Bagley

Santa Clara University

Hi! My name is Jenna Bagley and I'm a junior at Santa Clara University. I am majoring in Psychology and Spanish and minoring in Sociology and Latin American Studies. I'm so excited to be a part of the Casa program and can't wait to explore El Salvador!


Brenda Hernandez

College of Holy Cross

Hi, my name is Brenda and I am from San Diego, CA. I'm a junior at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, majoring in Psychology and Religious Studies. My praxis site is Salvador Craft and San Antonio Abad. This semester I will be visiting women cooperatives throughout the country that make artisan products. I love being outdoors and DIY projects. I'm excited to be here in El Salvador and I hope to continue falling in love with this beautiful country and its people.


Nicole Kegley

Fordham University

Hola todos y todas! My name is Nicole Kegley and I am from Wisconsin, but go to school at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. I am majoring in Theology with a concentration in Catholic American Studies and a minor in Peace and Justice. My praxis site here in El Salvador is San Ramon. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing community at the Casa and in San Ramon! Keep us in your prayers and Go Pack Go!


Jaclyn Ross

Loyola Marymount University

¡Hola a todos y todas! My name is Jaclyn Ross, and I am a junior at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. I’m currently majoring in Theology and Communication Studies with a minor in Spanish Language. I grew up in San Diego, CA with my family and an egregious amount of animals ranging from rabbits and chinchillas to goats and alpacas. This semester, I’m blessed to have been placed with the wonderful community of La Javia in Tepecoyo. Twice a week I’ll be helping prepare meals at a Comedor, as well as planning small English classes for the children we serve there. I’m hoping to return back the States speaking Spanish like a Salvadoreña with a pocket full of traditional recipes. I’ve had such a wonderful experience so far, I can’t wait for everything that’s to come!


Rose Lassalle-Klein

Seattle University

Hola hola coca-cola! My name is Rose Lassalle-Klein and I hail from Alameda, CA, an island in the San Francisco Bay! I attend Seattle University and I study Cellular and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, and now Spanish. I’ve happily been placed at Santa Maria de la Esperanza, where our team helps a local women’s farming cooperative on a collectively owned milpa. I’m hoping to know at least three more bad jokes in Spanish in the next four months; but even if that doesn’t happen, this will have already been an experience of a lifetime!


Claire Rawson

Seattle University

Buenas! My name is Claire Rawson and I am a junior at Seattle University. I am majoring in Social Work and pursuing a minor in either Spanish or Latin American studies. My hometown is Hood River, Oregon where I grew up hiking and swimming in the rivers. I am lucky to be placed in Zacamil this semester, accompanying Yovani and his family, while also getting the opportunity to meet other members of the small community and experience campo life. I am looking forward to this amazing adventure for the next four months, surrounded by the beauty of community, faith, and confianza! Que le vaya bien!


Molly Arnason

Loyola Marymount University

Hi, my name is Molly Arnason and I’m from Hinsdale, Il. I’m a senior at Loyola Marymount University with a double major in English Literature and Spanish. My praxis sites are Salvador Craft and San Antonio Abad. I’m looking forward to learning more about the women’s cooperatives of Salvador Craft, and spending time with the community of San Antonio Abad.


Tiffany Velado

Canisius College

Hello my name is Tiffany Velado and I am a senior at Canisius College. I am from Buffalo, New York. I am Spanish and Latin American Studies dual major . My praxis site is Zacamil, Tepecoyo where I'll be working with Yovani and his family. I like to play different sports just for fun. I am also on the rowing team at Canisius College. I am very excited to see what these next four months will bring.


Hollynd Boyden

Santa Clara University

Hi there! My name is Hollynd and I am a junior at Santa Clara University. I am loving my experience with the CASA program so far—it has been challenging and rewarding getting to know a new country. At SCU I am studying Biology, Spanish, and Public Health and for this semester I am really enjoying my time studying the history and culture of El Salvador.


Abigail Ray

Santa Clara University

Hola from El Salvador! My name is Abi Ray and I am a proud member of the class of 2017 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where I am majoring in both International Studies and Spanish. My hometown is Macungie, PA where I live on a dairy goat farm with my family making goat cheese and baling hay. I am so blessed to be able to spend my time with Mercedes in Santa Maria de la Esperanza while experiencing this journey in El Salvador. I hope to continue to listen to many stories and plant more crops in the campo with what little time I have in this great country.