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.
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).
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 double majoring in finance and psychology, and plans to be a certified financial planner in the future. 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.
Amogh is majoring in Healthcare Studies, and plans on attending medical school upon graduation. His most memorable volunteer experience was working with the American Red Cross to install fire alarms in various communities in Irving.
Fun Fact: Amogh is trying to become ambidextrous.
Rahi is majoring in Accounting, and plans to join the Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) to pursue a CPA degree. His most memorable volunteer experience was the OSV Blood Drive where he braved the cold and rain to spread awareness of saving lives through blood donation.
Fun Fact: Rahi can recite lines from Bollywood movies verbatim.