Milica Bojovic is an international studies student at American University, with concentrations in Global Inequality and Development and Global and Comparative Governance. Her dedication to social inclusion and activism is exemplified in numerous and diverse leadership and service experiences. Milica serves in student leadership roles as Peer Mentor with the Community Service Learning Program and as an Alternative Break Program leader within the AU Center for Engagement & Service. Milica has served with non-profit agencies such as the Latino Student Fund, Next Step Public Charter School, and Captiol Area Immigration Reform (CAIR) Coalition. As a DC Read tutor she has worked in multiple sites throughout the city supporting instruction and promoting education access. Her commitment to justice and service work spans communities across the DC area, and on a global scale to Honduras and Chile.
Upon joining American University’s School of International Service, I realized the word “service” really stood out to me and so I strived to understand its meaning more profoundly. This is how upon learning of service-learning opportunities my university’s Center for Community Engagement offers, I jumped at the opportunity and ever since the first semester of my freshman year, I have been involved with this program either as a volunteer, a peer mentor for newer volunteers, or both. I have since volunteered with a number of organizations focusing on education access and immigration rights throughout DC. Service quickly became inseparable from my academic, professional and personal life, and truly engraved in my heart. Most importantly, I have learned that service goes deeper than merely “helping.” I saw that through service we really see in practice how our liberation is bound up with that of others and we learn that successful service actually requires work towards mutual growth, learning, and liberation. I realized that service mindset should focus on constantly reexamining your role in dismantling injustice. Now I am working across various programs at our Center for Community Engagement to help motivate fellow students to become engaged and discover this invaluable opportunity.