Host Agency: Mammoth Lakes Housing
University: California State University, Humboldt
Eriko (Erik) Guzman-Rangel is a first-generation college student and the youngest of 4 children currently completing his last year at Humboldt State University, where he will be earning a BS in Environmental Science and Management with a focus on Policy and Planning as well as a minor in Natural Resource Recreation.
Erik began developing skills and an interest in community development early on. His involvement began with community organizations such as Interact Club, LEO’s Club, and the Mono County Democratic Committee. He participated in community events, town clean-ups, and food distribution events. His involvement in community events helped him appreciate the sense of community and belonging that these organizations brought.
Erik’s interest in community development grew because of his extracurricular activities in college and his college coursework. At the start of Erik’s sophomore year, he became a member of the Natural Resource Club, where he worked with local agencies on restoration projects such as removing invasive plant species, beach clean-ups, and trail restoration.
During Erik’s college coursework, he got the opportunity to work on a project with the community of Valley West to develop and fund a Community Center and Park. Erik’s interest in community development grew as he interacted and interviewed residents and local organizations to determine which services were crucial to include in the floor plans created for the community center and park.
Erik’s goal is to integrate the knowledge and skills he will gain during his time as a CCRH intern at Mammoth Lakes Housing, Inc. towards effective community development that focuses on housing programs, policies, housing sectors, and advocating for low-income communities to help people break out of the cycle of poverty. Erik’s long-term goal is to use the knowledge gained from the CCRH internship to become either a city or regional planner.