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
Administrative Assistant II
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!)
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.
Bella is a marketing major, and chose that as a career path because it focuses on the right forms of communication that will reach everyone. Her most memorable service experience was with her local library, where she tutored a young girl to read.
Fun Fact: Bella can recite the alphabet backwards.
Chandani is a healthcare management major with a minor in political science, and plans to attend law school upon graduation. Her most memorable service experience was in high school, when she had the opportunity to visit a nursing home where she interacted and played games with the sick and elderly.
Fun Fact: Chandani was born on Valentine’s Day, which also happens to be her parents’ wedding anniversary!
Emma is a philosophy major who plans on eventually working on behalf of environmental, political, gender, or LGBT+ issues. Her most memorable service experience was a summer church mission trip to New York City, where she worked with a church’s night shelter and soup kitchen. During this trip, her group also volunteered at the New York City Pride Parade.
Fun Fact: Emma has enough unique pairs of crazy knee socks that she could wear a different pair every day for more than a month without having to repeat.
Minh is a biology major from Vietnam, and hopes to attend medical school after graduation. Her most memorable service experience was Alternative Spring Break, where her team sorted and packed donated medical supplies to send to third world countries.
Fun Fact: Minh has a brother who is exactly 8 years older. They have the same birthday, just on a different year!
Eric is an accounting major from Houston. His most memorable service experience was planting trees with other students from JSOM during Viva Volunteer.
Fun Fact: As a huge procrastinator, Eric considers himself a professional student.