Amanda González-Ortiz,
promoting leadership and altruism at Penn State Berks

Campus leader and volunteer enthusiast, Amanda González-Ortiz, a Penn State Berks senior Security and Risk Analysis student, seems to be most at ease when she's making a difference.

As if serving as the student affairs chair of the Student Government Association and an orientation leader weren't keeping her busy enough, she served as president, secretary, and treasurer for the Latino Unity Club, helping to raise funds in order to provide a local Latino students with an award that would help them with their college expenses. She also created an opportunity to implement Greek Life at the Berks campus in response to an overwhelming interest expressed by her peers. For this, she established the first interest group of Chi Upsilon Sigma. Her efforts have invited other women to find sisterhood in sorority life.

In addition to leadership, Amanda is a humanitarian. In her sophomore year, she was elected to the executive board of Berks THON as fundraising chair and held that position for two years. She was also selected as a dancer to “Inspire Tomorrow's Miracles” in THON 2013. Additionally, she served as a mentor at 11th & Union elementary school, is a student leader for the “Be A Penn Stater for a Day” program, serves as a multicultural mentor, and peer mentor for the academic year. In the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year, Amanda and another Berks student composed the first class of Student Affairs AmeriCorps Scholars. They partner with the local nonprofit organization Police Athletic League Olivet’s Boys and Girls Club. As an AmeriCorps Scholar, Amanda dedicated 300 hours of her time to develop various service projects and will be responsible for recruiting her peers to join her volunteer team.

Along with everything else she does on campus and in the local community, Amanda also participated in the Berks Alternative Spring Break Program traveling to Costa Rica and Belize to help develop long-term resources for their communities.