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.