Kaleigh Davis is the graduate assistant for Volunteer UCF (VUCF) and Alternative Break Program (ABP). She is currently in the Communication Sciences and Disorders master’s program. Kaleigh graduated from UCF in Spring 2023 (Double Knight!), where she received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
As the Volunteerism and Community Engagement Coordinator, Shemeca helps to facilitate student engagement with community partners across Central Florida and the Southeastern Region. She directly advises the Volunteer UCF agency and Alternative Break Program, two of VCE’s student lead programs. Meca completed my bachelor’s degree in English Literature/ Linguistic in 2017 and went on to serving 1 year with AmeriCorps, City Year Orlando. Throughout her year of service, she completed 1700 service hours at Memorial Middle School in Orlando Fl., serving as a teachers aid and behavioral coach. Post-service, Meca pursued and completed her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She worked as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Involvement during that time. After graduating in 2020, she transitioned to a part-time role as UCF’s AmeriCorps Recruiter where she facilitated partnership and liaison between the Volunteer Florida AmeriCorps Opportunities and the University of Central Florida. In addition, to her full-time role, Meca is an adjunct faculty for the Educational Leadership and Higher Education – CCIE and Lead Scholars Academy – SSWB. Meca has experience with community engagement, service-oriented event planning and programming, diversity/inclusion education, training as well as student development. She has conducted workshops and presentations on various topics.
Amanda Dever (she/her) is the Community Engagement and Volunteerism Assistant Director for the Office of Student Involvement at the University of Central Florida. Amanda found her passion for community engagement work in college, where she led social justice efforts at Denison University. After graduating, Amanda served as an Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA for three years at Marietta College. While at Marietta, Amanda helped to create the Office of Civic Engagement within the McDonough Leadership Center. Amanda went on to complete her graduate work at Loyola University Chicago, where she studied social justice, community development, and organizing theories and practice. She also served as the Outdoor Experiential Education Graduate Assistant, where she supported the Ramble Outdoors Challenge Course team.
Amanda went on to lead the Central West End Association, a community association in the heart of St. Louis. Since May 2017, Amanda has worked in the Office of Student Involvement at UCF. In her current role, Amanda oversees the newly created Office of Student Involvement Volunteerism and Community Engagement space, focused on supporting volunteerism and community engagement within the UCF and Greater Orlando communities. The space now houses the Alternative Break program, Volunteer UCF, the UCF AmeriCorps Recruiter grant, Community Connectors, Deliberative Dialogues, as well as other programs, organizations, and initiatives surrounding volunteerism. Amanda received her B.A. in English Literature and International Studies from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and her M.A. in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.