Staff/Contact Info

Center for Service Learning, Internships & Civic Engagement (SLICE)

Welch Hall, Room 105
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747

Phone: (310) 243-2438
Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 


DirectorCheryl McKnight
(310) 243-2438

Educational Background: B.A. Anthropology; M.A. English

About me: Advocating for our students, community engagement, and the Native American Community is what I love to do the most. It makes me so proud to see how much our students care about their communities and to watch as the students grow confident with the knowledge they gain from their classes—and each other.
slice-gelvezon-headshot-squareMiami Gelvezon-Gatpandan
(310) 243-3050

Educational Background: B.S. Child Development; M.A. Education

About Me: The stories of students in this university are what inspire me. Coming from a large immigrant family, I can relate to many of the students that come here. Seeing how dedicated and passionate our students are in serving their communities makes me proud to be a Toro! I believe in working hard, and having fun and building great relationships along the journey!

“Two are better than one because they are rewarded for their labor. For if one falls, the other will lift up his companion.”
slice-checkcinco-headshot-squareFrancisco Checkcinco
Internship Coordinator  
(310) 243-2480

Educational Background: B.A. Human Services; concentration in Mental Health Recovery

About me: A CSUDH alumnus and a product of SLICE. Experiencing the program first-hand, I was able to learn about the different communities we served. I was given opportunities that allowed me to grow and give back to the community. Now I have come on as a staff member   to help others flourish and grow, in the same way the SLICE team has helped me grow.
slice-je-ramirez-headshot-squareJessica Ramirez
Jumpstart Site Manager
(310) 243-2438

Educational Background: B.S. Child Development; M.A. Education

About Me: As a former student of CSUDH, I witnessed the need to make our local communities a better, happier place to live for everyone. With Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps program housed in SLICE, I was able to serve my community by mentoring young children in Compton. Now that I have received my education from this campus, I am very happy to still be a part of the Jumpstart family and of this amazing university. Working here and being able to contribute to the needs of our community is very rewarding. I love seeing our students work really hard and spend their Friday nights and weekends preparing to mentor children; it helps me to keep going. I really enjoy working at SLICE because I get to see that there are people that care to share a piece of their heart and help someone else smile. I can now really say, “Once a Toro…Always a Toro!”
JusticeCorps Representative

Samantha Alvarez Chavarria
CSUDH Justice Corps Representative
(310) 243-2438 

About Me: I am a sophomore at CSU Dominguez Hills with a double major in Political Science and Women's Studies. I am a student leader with a passion to advocate for the advancement of intersectional and underprivileged communities on the legislative and educational levels. In my spare time, I like to read manga and go bowling.

CC Associate Manager

Natalie Gomez
CSUDH College Corps Associate Manager
(310) 243-2438 

About Me: I am a Dominguez Hills graduate as well as a Jumpstart for Young Children alumnus. My degree is Child Development with an emphasis on Family Services, which aligned perfectly with my Jumpstart experience. I love working with my fellow Toros!

College Corps ManagerXavier Pineda
College Corps Manager
(310) 243-2438

Education: B.S. Criminal Justice Administration | Masters Public Administration

About Me: As a CSUDH alum, I enjoy working with our students and the CSUDH community. I have been a part of the Toro community for the past 12 years and I have seen the campus grow and produce real civic minded leaders. As a part of #CaliforniansForAll- College Corps, I get to witness first-hand the development of dozens of students, and I am proud to be a part of their journey..

College Corps Manager