Gerlie Valdez is an outstandingly engaged Chaminade graduate. She’s embraced each opportunity to make an impact, having given hundreds of hours of service to our community.
As an E+ID major, Gerlie has applied her design skills in four extensive projects. She did service with Ho’ola Na Pua to learn about and support their work, and she went on to design a safe home for female victims of sex-trafficking. For the Wilson Care Group, she designed a progressive senior-living facility to facilitate wellness, engagement, and community-building. In partnership with Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility, she presented plans for a center for homeless and at-risk youth, which could function as a transitional home to facilitate education, skills-building, and healing. Gerlie also worked on a community project in the Philippines, devoting her spring break to this center for arts-education and community development. To finance the project, she explored numerous funding possibilities with her peers and professor.
Gerlie has chosen service in courses outside her major, as well, and her reflections are inspiring and impressive to her peers. She’s represented her projects and partnerships in many arenas, including presentations at Chaminade’s Service-Learning Day and outreach to local public schools. We are proud that Gerlie serves as a representative of Chaminade in the field of professional design. She has served as the SRB (Student Representative to the Board) for ASID Hawaii Chapter and as Student Liaison for IIDA Hawaii Pacific Chapter.
Even in co-curricular contexts, Gerlie has planned and led service initiatives. She has held multiple leadership positions in IDpro, our campus club. As President, she supports all of her peers and motivates them to prosper and persevere through their arduous degree-work.
Professor Joan Riggs has to know Gerlie well, having set-up and guided much of her service-learning. She shares, “Gerlie submersed herself in each project and matured personally, academically and professionally. Her heart is in all of her work, and her understanding and appreciation of how her skills can impact the quality of life for others is palpable. In all situations she maintains a bright, positive and teachable spirit. She is gracious and hospitable in all of her encounters.”