Fred Rogers said, “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond.” We can be those people.
Amanda de Lima is a third year Smittcamp Family Honors College student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Business-Administration. Amanda works as the Richter Center student assistant, in addition to serving as an Ambassador. Participating as an Ambassador allows Amanda to encourage and provide resources for her peers to become involved in the act of service. Having immigrated from Brazil at age nine, she is interested in the acculturation process for international students. She has volunteered as a conversation partner in the American English Institute and plans to continue working with this in the future. She has also volunteered in various service events around Fresno ranging from Step Up for Down Syndrome, Make a Difference Day, and Kid’s Day. She hopes to one day become a Psychology professor and impact the lives of her students by showing the importance of service. This fall, Amanda will help create and implement an Ambassador Peer Advising program through her position as a California Campus Compact Community Engagement Fellow in order to better support students seeking the services of the Richter Center.