Bobbie Alcanzo exemplifies what a Newman Civic Fellow strives to be. As an immigrant of the United States, Bobbie has learned first-hand about the disparities in the quality of life for others. She understands how economic inequalities, social injustice and racial bias impact all. Her dedication to making changes in these areas are evident by her involvement in the University of Great Falls' Providence Formation Program (PFP). It is through her work with PFP, where Bobbie stands out at as a leader; serving as a student officer and actively engaging in the program. Most notably, it is the time she spends in the classroom with low-income, racially diverse students teaching the value of education and stewardship. Bobbie is focused on pursuing a career as a health professional and her dedication to her academics is evident by her strong GPA and positive involvement on campus. Bobbie serves a valuable role in our faith community actively engaging in campus spiritual growth opportunities and volunteering with Chapel Services. Through her own faith and life experience, her passion to help others has become an important goal in life. She looks to give back by helping others overcome social injustice and economic inequality.
Growing up in the Philippines exposed me to the consequences of economic inequalities and social injustices. As a young girl in a developing country, I couldn't take for granted the roof over my head, the food on my table, and most of all, the education I received. My family and I moved to the US in 2009 with the first-hand knowledge of the effects of poverty, because we had been surrounded by it our whole lives. To me, there was a clear distinction between the quality of life lived by the fortunate as opposed to the underprivileged, and this ignited my passion for advocating for economic equality. Additionally, being a minority drove me to realize the importance of racial equality. I wish to live a life with a higher sense of purpose by helping those who struggle in these aspects of our society, in the best way that I can. Currently in my university, I am involved in a service-learning program that allows me to interact with low-income elementary school students that come from different backgrounds, and I am always hoping for the opportunity to help even more people on a much larger scale.