Andrea Astorga-German, a second year and first generation student at Mesa Community College (MCC), is an active servant leader. Through her concerted efforts with the college and community, Andrea has shown consistently that she is attentive to the growth and well-being of others. During her tenure at MCC, she has been involved with the Center for Community & Civic Engagement, Community Engagement Advisory Board, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, First Year Experience, Thunderbird Mentoring Program, Arizona Governor‚Äôs Office, City of Mesa, Census Bureau, and Eisenhower Center for Innovation.
This past year, Andrea researched and built a team of Census Ambassadors and volunteers to increase participation and awareness for the 2020 Census. The MCC Census Team participated in over 15 events and collected 1000+ signed pledges of individuals who committed to complete the 2020 Census. Through Andrea‚Äôs leadership and mentorship, she involved more than 45 students in this project. Andrea will continue to search for needs in the community and encourage other students to be civically engaged.
Mahatma Gandhi's quote ‚"Be the change you want to see in the world," has been a guiding theme during my tenure at Mesa Community College (MCC). I reflect on this quote as I serve tirelessly at the college and in the community. As a first generation minority female college student, I have first-hand experience of the insufficient knowledge and support that is available to individuals like myself. I was fortunate to get connected early on with programs and resources that propelled my college experience. As a result, I have rendered hundreds of hours of service to individuals like myself to ensure they are successful in college.
After serving as a First-Year Experience Ambassador, I created the Thunderbird Mentoring Program to assist incoming high school seniors to successfully transition to college. These experiences coupled with my leadership positions have been a platform which allowed me to use my voice on issues that I am passionate about as well as honed my leadership skills. I will continue to strive to be the change I want to see in the world.