Leslie Schwartz, 22, a member of the Los Angeles, California, congregation, graduated June 18, Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in mass communications and a double minor in education studies and applied developmental psychology.
Leslie completed both College Honors and Departmental Honors, was recognized as one of the Distinguished Seniors by the UCLA Alumni Association, as well as being selected as a BruinLife Senior of the Year. She is currently a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society, in addition to serving as president of the UCLA chapter of Mortar Board Senior National Honor Society.
She is very passionate about leadership development and community outreach, and actively participated in numerous campus and community service organizations, including UCLA's Office of Residential Life and the Center for Women and Men.
Leslie has also been an active participant in the United Youth Camp program for over a decade, attending camp both as a camper and serving as a counselor at multiple camp locations. She also currently teaches Sabbath school for the Los Angeles congregation.
After graduation, Leslie plans to work professionally in the Office of Residential Life at UCLA as an assistant resident director in addition to assisting with graduate school research projects at the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute. Future plans include attending graduate school and working at a university in Student Affairs, and ultimately working with students in the area of leadership development in order to inspire future generations to use their skills and talents to improve society in positive ways.