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Office of Student Volunteerism
972-883-6393 Office
972-883-6183 Fax

OSV Leaders


Student Services Building
SSB 3.600

Office Hours

Mon - Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Evenings by appointment

Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Dallas
Student Volunteerism
800 W. Campbell Rd., SSB33
Richardson, TX 75080-3021


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“It's always so much better going to sleep at night knowing that that day you made a positive impact, however big or small, on someone else's life. Volunteering grants you a certain sense of peace and happiness you can't find anywhere else.”

— Zarifa Barkatullah, OSV Leader

“Volunteers see the benefits to themselves and not just to the organization, after volunteering or just doing a good deed.”

— Jacob Guerra, OSV Leader

“While financial giving does help people, giving your time to serve others has the ability to make an even larger impact on individuals and the community as a whole. There are so many areas of need near UTD that could be greatly helped by a few people giving their time.”

— Amanda, Karasic, OSV Leader

“Volunteering isn't just a way to give back to a community. It's an opportunity to learn more about the community, and also about yourself as a person.”

— Justine Sheu, OSV Leader

"Volunteering is amazing in that it has a butterfly effect. No matter what you do, others can be inspired by your words and actions to serve in their own way. In turn, their service inspires other and this mentality continues to spread forever."

— Lynn Vu, OSV Leader

“I really love volunteering because it allows you to connect with your community and make an impact on it. I find community service to be both relaxing and energizing; it's one of my favorite ways to take my mind off of my own needs and wants and to focus on others.”

— Lilian Zhan, OSV Leader

OSV Staff

Monalisa Amidar

Assistant Director

Monalisa joined the OSV in 2009 and holds an MA in aesthetic studies from The University of Texas at Dallas and a BA in theatre arts from Pepperdine University. She is a member of the UT Dallas LGBTQ Education, Advocacy & Programming (LEAP) Committee, DFW Service-Learning Intercollegiate Council, Dallas Assn. of Directors of Volunteers, Texas Assn. of College & University Student Personnel Administrators, and volunteers with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. Her most memorable volunteer experience was living simply in the mountains of Thailand, building a school and fish pond for Burmese Karen refugees.

Tiffany Peart

Program Coordinator

Tiffany joined the OSV in 2013 and holds a BA in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. Her most memorable volunteer experience was working in a peer education program that assisted students with health and wellness, relationships, and stress management.

Mackenzie Hunter

Program Coordinator

Mackenzie joined the OSV in October 2014 and holds a BA in psychology from Alma College in Great Lakes State of Michigan. Her most impactful volunteer experience was leading community garden construction projects in Sacramento, Fresno & San Joaquin, California.

OSV Leaders

Zarifa Barkatullah

Zarifa joined the OSV in summer 2015. She is a sophomore healthcare management major. Her most memorable volunteer experience was Day of Dignity with IRUSA to distribute food, clothing, blankets, medical care and other services to the homeless. Fun Fact: Zarifa reads and writes fanfiction.

Jacob Guerra

Jacob joined the OSV in spring 2014. Jacob is a biology major, studying to attend pharmacy school. His most memorable volunteering experience was his Alternative Spring Break trip to Memphis, Tennessee where he helped several Memphis organizations with horticulture work. Fun Fact: When music is playing (and sometimes when it is not), he may be seen tapping his fingers or feet and occasionally tapping a whole drum set ensemble.

Peter Ha

Peter joined the OSV in fall 2014. He is a senior double majoring in accounting and finance. His most memorable volunteer experience was helping the Galveston Bay Foundation complete their oyster reef project along with his Alternative Spring Break family. Fun fact: Peter loves fried chicken and will probably gain 15 lbs this semester from all of his fast food runs.

Amanda Karasic

Amanda joined the OSV in fall 2015. She is a junior neuroscience major with a minor in child development and plans to attend medical school after graduating. Her most memorable service experience was volunteering with children in the CCBD (Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders) at Children's Health in Dallas. Fun fact: Amanda once tried to learn how to juggle, but unfortunately was not coordinated enough for the skill.

Justine Sheu

Justine joined the OSV in November 2015. She is currently a junior studying molecular biology and plans to attend medical school after graduating college. Her favorite service experience was spending one month volunteering as an English teacher for elementary school kids in rural Taiwan. Fun fact: She enjoys traveling and her excellent sense of direction has led many of her friends to suggest an alternate career as a taxi driver.

Dzung Vu

Dzung joined the OSV in November 2013. She is a UT Dallas graduate pursuing her master's degree in accounting. Her most memorable volunteer experience has been the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk where she helped raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Fun fact: Dzung loves traveling and discovering food from different cultures.

Lynn Vu

Lynn joined the Office of Student Volunteerism in the summer of 2015 as a rising junior. She is pursuing a double major in neuroscience and child development with the hopes of attending medical school. Her most memorable volunteer experience was helping with newborns and patients in the postpartum department of her local hospital. Fun fact: Lynn has many nerdy obsessions which currently include Marvel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Harry Potter.

Lilian Zhan

Lilian joined the OSV in fall 2015. She is a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering and plans to attend medical school after graduating. Her most memorable volunteering experience was serving as a counselor at Camp Summit, a sleep-away camp for kids and adults with disabilities. Fun Fact: Lilian loves to travel and plans to visit Europe in the future.

OSV Spring 2016 OSV Student Leaders