Amanda Wittebort

University of Denver

Amanda Wittebort, first year master's student studying higher education at the University of Denver, is a civic leader who has engaged in service-learning, community development and positive youth development. Throughout her educational and professional journey, she has sought opportunities to develop her civic leadership skills so she can increase her capacity to effect positive community change. When Amanda completes her master's degree, she will be uniquely positioned to continue her civic work by improving college access and creating opportunities for youth to cultivate civic leadership skills. Amanda is a community-focused leader who continually considers how her own actions and that of the groups she is a member of will impede or promote collective efforts to improve the lives of individuals and communities. She is also committed to leveraging youth voice and sharing power in public policies. Ultimately, Amanda aspires to create a sense of belonging and community within any space she occupies. She also wants to cultivate her service-learning and community organizing skills while gaining a deeper understanding of gender and culture. Upon graduation, Amanda plans to use these skills within a collegiate environment or a nonprofit where she can encourage positive youth development and social justice.

Dr. Rebecca Chopp
University of Denver

Personal Statement

My passion for fostering supportive spaces for youth agency and expression was sparked by my own experiences as a young person. During college, I found community through my role as the youth and education chair, partnering with local organizations who focused on youth's wide-range of needs. I went on to engage in this work in both national and international contexts. I served two years alongside a diverse team in Baton Rouge schools as a CityYear AmeriCorps member, focusing on socioemotional interventions and youth engagement. I then served as a Youth & Families Peace Corps volunteer. That opportunity taught me the necessity of co-creating mutually beneficial partnerships that center the experience, knowledge, and wisdom of those most affected. As an educator, I am committed to leveraging youth voice and sharing power in policies and creating a shared vision. I am now pursuing a Master's in Higher Education to invest in our education system's role in community development. My vocation can directly affect every student, because every person has a vital role in civic engagement. I hope to support our future leaders in becoming active global citizens committed to the public good. I want to be part of removing barriers, disrupting oppressive systems and investing in our students' capacity to transform society.

Amanda Wittebort
Master's in Higher Education: Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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