Alexandra Obiurka, a junior at the University of Rhode Island, is a student servant leader active in addressing issues of inequality, urban poverty, community engagement, education reform, and public health. Ms. Obiurka leads, organizes, and engages peers in community service, advocacy, and continued action not only through her service but also through her many roles and responsibilities on campus. She also provides awareness and engagement programs for the campus, through her training sessions and mentor support, to inspire her peers and community members to step up and become part of the solution. Ms. Obiurka, motivated by her own understanding of the power of service, has a deep understanding of the importance of recognizing the leadership potential in peers and helps those around her to build their own capacity for social change. Ms. Obiurka takes advantage of all opportunities that provide a chance to deepen her understanding of social justice and equity. She collaborates with her peers to lead and inspire us all to commit to simple acts of community engagement to help create a more just and equitable society.
When I came to URI as a Freshman I knew I wanted to be a part of something I was passionate about, something bigger than myself. On a whim I decided to apply for URI Service Corps alternative spring break trip to Baltimore Maryland focused on Homelessness & Poverty Revitalization. Through this trip, I was able to find my passion for service. Since then I have tried my best to immerse myself in service whenever possible. Currently I am a Senior Resident Assistant working with a first-year population to help them adjust to the college lifestyle, a JumpStart team leader serving at a preschool twice a week alongside my peers, and a leader for URI Service Corps alternative spring break trips. This summer I will be teaching middle school students in Providence through Generation Teach and hope to continue growing my background in service!