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Student Advisory Council

The CAH Student Advisory Council members are drawn from departments across campus in the arts, humanities, and adjacent fields, such as Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Members provide guidance and feedback to the directors, representing the academic and student interests associated with their disciplinary and interdisciplinary majors and minors.


Sarah Cohen ‘24

History, Classics

Sarah Cohen is a junior with a double major in Classics and History. Sarah also likes reading, writing, researching, and video games. Sarah is interested in becoming a teacher as her career.


Francesca D'Urzo, ‘24

English, Journalism, Italian

Francesca is a current junior at Santa Clara University with an English major and a double minor in journalism and Italian studies. She is also a first-generation college student. With her passion for professional writing, she works for multiple Santa Clara publications on campus. Francesca is the Social Media Director for The Santa Clara Newspaper, an intern for Santa Clara Magazine, an assistant editor for Santa Clara Review, and a staff writer for SCU. She is interested in using her writing skills to pursue a career in education or technical communication to help make different types of content and information more accessible to the general public, especially immigrants whose first language is not English like her family.


Paulina Garcia ‘24

Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies

Paulina is a third year Environmental Studies and Ethnic Studies major with a Women and Gender Studies minor. She is passionate about social and environmental justice. On campus she is involved as a peer mentor for the LEAD Scholars Program and as a board member for the Undocumented Students and Allies Association. After college, she plans on pursuing a career in immigrant rights advocacy.


Kyara Garner ‘25

Studio Art, Journalism

Kyara grew up in Hayward, CA. She is a sophomore who is a studio art major and a journalism minor. Currently, Kyara is the public relations coordinator for Together for Ladies of Color. She is also a student inclusion educator at the Rainbow Resource Center. Her interests are digital art, musicals, and card games. Kyara’s plan for the future is to become a graphic designer and do a bit of traveling. 


Leo Illing ‘25

Physics, Mathematics, Art History

Leo Illing is a second-year student at Santa Clara University. He is double majoring in Physics and Mathematics and minoring in Art History. His hometown is Portland, Oregon, and while he loves the sun here, he is hoping for a few more rainy days. Leo is a member of the University Honors Program and is an Innovation Fellow through the Ciocca Center. He serves on the executive board of his social fraternity and is involved in a variety of other activities on campus. Leo is an avid skier, and he loves painting as well as playing the piano. In the future, he would like to use his expertise as a physicist to guide policymaking in addressing broad-scale societal concerns such as climate change and the energy crisis.



Freya Wang

Freya Wang ‘25

Communication with an emphasis in Global Media, Cultures, and Technology

Freya Wang is a first-generation college student from Las Vegas, Nevada. Freya is actively involved in the esports scene at Santa Clara and serves as the captain of one of the competitive teams. In the future, Freya plans to pursue a career in digital media production.