Somer Greene, a sophomore at Occidental College, was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee before recently moving to Irvine, California. She is currently creating her own major to pursue a career in Community Based Marketing and Research in the non-profit sector. She works as a Programming Manager at the Office of Community Engagement, and as an Education in Action Facilitator. She is also the Publicity Chair for Occidental’s Colleges Against Cancer Club. Somer is passionate about volunteer work and student activism. Her work focuses on connecting students with Los Angeles community partners in volunteer projects on and off the Occidental Campus. She is the recipient of the President of the United States Volunteer Service Award, the National Civil Rights Museum’s Courage Award, and the Charles W. List Memorial Award. When she’s not watching Will & Grace Marathons, you can find Somer running with her dog, Fireball, or at a Bikram Yoga Studio.
Somer’s TEDx talk is a Spoken Word piece titled “RAD.” Somer describes the American Dream as “untouchable” —something that cannot be taken, manipulated, or destroyed by human hands but somehow has. Somer’s piece is a simple reminder to live, celebrate, and reinvent our American Dream… to be RAD.