Office of Student Volunteerism
Student Services Addition
Mon - Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd., SSA17
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
“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
“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
“Service means bonding with like-minded people to give back to a community that has done so much for us. This commitment can mean a lot to both the people making a change, and the people whose lives are changed as a result.”
— Vidya Mohanraj, 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 Student Leaders
The mission of the OSV Student Leadership Program is to train students to actively engage in, support and promote volunteerism and community service. Through this program, OSV Student Leaders learn to effectively coordinate and facilitate a broad range of on and off campus service projects throughout the year for UT Dallas students, as well as provide resources for students to learn more about how to respond to the needs of our neighbors in the Dallas county and surrounding communities.
Reethika is a biology and psychology double major, and plans to attend medical school upon graduation. Her most memorable service experience was Alternative Spring Break, where she travelled to Shreveport, Louisiana and got to spend an entire week dedicated to helping build a home for a homeless veteran.
Fun Fact: Reethika has probably seen High School Musical at least 50 times (and is always down to belt out the songs with anyone!)
Amy is a healthcare studies major with a passion for public/global health as well as medicine. Her summer service trip to Peru in 2018 was life-changing and has solidified her decision to continue pursuing her dreams.
Fun Fact: Amy loves learning languages and hopes to be fluent in three or four by the time she turns 30.
Nishika is majoring in neuroscience with a minor in dance, and plans on attending medical school upon graduation. Her most memorable service experience was going to Panama to set up medical and dental clinics for those in need.
Fun Fact: Nishika can do a one-handed cartwheel.
Ayoung "JoJo" Jo
JoJo is majoring in Biology, and plans on attending dental school upon graduation. Her most memorable volunteer experience was helping out at a low-income dental clinic and seeing the smiles on the patients’ faces.
Fun Fact: JoJo has never broken a bone in her body (and hopes to keep it that way).
Veronica is a heathcare studies major. Her most memorable service experience was Alternative Spring Break after she accidentally became a Site Leader for the Environmental Conservation team, where she did amazing work with the Galveston Bay Foundation.
Fun Fact: Veronica is trying to grow a sweet yellow mango tree.
Vidya is an accounting major and plans to pursue her master's degree in accounting after graduating. Her most memorable service experience was volunteering with Dallas CITYSCAPE and teaching children about the history of Dallas through Lego adaptations of the city's landmarks.
Fun Fact: Vidya has a fear of heights and plans to overcome it by volunteering at a treetop adventure camp this summer.
Jermaine is majoring in accounting, and plans to work in public accounting after her pursuing her masters. Her most memorable volunteer experience was her Alternative Spring Break trip to Galveston, Texas where she helped to paint posters, plant grass knee deep in mud, and do environmental clean-up.
Fun Fact: Jermaine loves playing cards, and you can find her trying to ninja throw playing cards in your general direction.
Chandana is double majoring in neuroscience psychology, and plans on attending medical school upon graduation. Her most memorable service experience was helping out at the San Antonio Food Bank and its relevant agencies in the garden, warehouse, homeless shelter and community kitchen during Alternative Spring Break.
Fun Fact: She has one extremely long white eyelash on her left eye.