Jan 12-14, 2018 (MLK Weekend) 

Impact 2018 applications will open in Fall 2017, check back here for updates!

Impact Rice is a leadership development program for freshmen and sophomores that kicks off with an exciting weekend-long retreat and aims to foster relationships, facilitate skill building, instill confidence, and empower students to engage with their passions in a significant way so that they can make a change as leaders, both inside and outside the Hedges.

We accomplish this by providing engaging peer-led workshops that emphasize self-knowledge and professional development, forming collaborative environments, recognizing personal passions and values, and developing leadership confidence and vision, in addition to building tight-knit friendships through fun-filled activities and events. Impact provides a diverse network of current and former participants who celebrate each other during successes and support each other through difficulties.

Impact 2017 Coordinators


Ben Tour
Wiess College, Senior, Mathematical Economic Analysis, Managerial Studies, and Business
Bio: Since Impact shaped his direction here at Rice, Ben is so excited to be involved with coordinating Impact during his senior year. Outside of Impact, Ben enjoys playing golf, tennis, Texas two-stepping, and laughing a lot.

Alex Cerda
Brown College, Senior, Sociology and Psychology
Bio: After doing Impact his sophomore year, Alex, a senior at Brown College, staffed his junior year, and is extremely excited to be coordinating this year. He is studying Sociology and Psychology, and hopes to attend law school. Alex is passionate about getting involved with college government, napping, and Impact! He can’t wait to get to know you better!

Ryan Morgado
Student Activities Staff
Bio: Originally from Northern California, Ryan started working at Rice in October of 2015. He’s is looking forward to being a part of a 2nd Impact Retreat and seeing the Coordinator’s and Staffer’s hard work come to life! Ryan loves to tinker with computers, play ukulele, and is on a quest to find the best bbq ribs in the country.


Impact 2017 Staffers


Amber Lo
Hanszen College, Senior, Economics and Managerial Studies
Having gone to Impact her sophomore year, Amber is excited to return for her final year at Rice! When she’s not working on Camp Kesem events, you can find Amber drinking boba, eating, traveling, or dancing.


Emma Wu
Lovett College, Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
A junior Lovetteer, Emma is so excited to staff Impact! When she is not struggling with chemical engineering problem sets, you can see Emma hang out with friends, binge-take buzzfeed quizzes, or simply dance it up. Loving making connections between cultures, perspectives, and people, she can’t wait to get to know you!

Cindy Hwang
Sid Richardson College, Senior, Kinesiology and Sports Medicine
Bio: Cindy is so excited to return to Impact because it allowed her to explore her passions and gave her confidence to follow them. Often known as “the Asian girl who is more Texan than most Texans”, Cindy is also obsessed with yoga, nutrition, and loves spending time outdoors, traveling, or curling up with a good book.

Aaron Wong
Lovett College, Junior, Kinesiology, Business and Biochemistry Minors
Bio: After enjoying every moment of Impact his freshman year, Aaron is super excited to be able to help staff this year’s retreat! In addition to Impact, he enjoys traveling, playing basketball, drinking tons of coffee, and writing reviews on Yelp. He can’t wait to meet you all!

Neethi Nayak
Martel College, Senior, Policy Studies and Sociology
Bio: Neethi is excited to end her college career working with you at Impact! Outside of the classroom, you can find her singing a cappella, exploring Houston’s food scene, or curling up with a good book. She has loved the Rice experience and is looking forward to being a part of the Impact Staff family.

Pax Kaplan-Sherman
McMurtry College, Junior, Sport Management and Business
Bio: After doing Impact his sophomore year, Pax couldn’t be more excited to return to Impact as a staffer and get to know another group of amazing people. A native of New Jersey, Pax is an avid baseball player and New York sports fan. Outside of Impact, Pax plays for Rice’s club baseball team and interns for the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee.

Griffin palmer
Sid Richardson College, Junior, Mechanical Engineering
Bio: After enjoying Impact his sophomore year, Griffin is so excited to staff Impact! Other than Impact, Griffin can be found playing Lacrosse and keeping Sid from going too crazy as CJ!


Nicky Joseph
Lovett College, Junior, Chemistry
Bio: After an amazing Impact experience his freshman year, Nicky has returned to staff and can’t wait to share his experiences. He loves babies, Indian culture, and York Peppermint Patties. He’s so excited to see you at Impact!


Jahnavi Jagannath
Lovett College, Junior, Sociology
Bio: Jahnavi is a junior who loved Impact her sophomore year and wanted to return to share the experience with others! Outside of Impact, she can be found at Coffeehouse (she doesn’t work there but it’s basically her second college), playing guitar, or exploring Houston. She can’t wait to staff Impact!

Sanjana Ranganathan
Wiess College, Senior, Bioengineering
Bio: Sanjana can’t wait for her second Impact experience! She loves adventure, puppies, and laughing. Outside of Impact, Sanjana spends her time at acapella, Powderpuff, the SA, and eating as much dessert as possible. She’s so excited to get to know you!