Every Friday, the International Studies Department will profile one of our amazing faculty (or staff) members so you can get to know them better and see all the amazing work our faculty and staff do!
Amanda Mitchell is the Program Assistant for the MAIS program within the International Studies Department. Amanda is a Northern California Native and received her BA from USF in Theology and Religious Studies with a minor in Public Service and Community Engagement. During her undergraduate degree, Amanda found contemplative practices in all religious traditions to be fascinating and specifically studied the role of spirituality in social movements. Her BA thesis focus on Feminist, Indecent, and Liberation theologies and was titled, “Rebels of Normality, Revolutionaries of Theology: An Analysis of the Efficacy of Divine Love in the Movement of Liberation Through the Methodologies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Marcella Althaus-Reid”. Amanda had the longest title in her major and was quite pleased with that accomplishment.
While at USF, Amanda worked as an Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE) and managed collaborative partnerships with organizations to facilitate service-learning experiences. As an ACE, Amanda worked with a nonprofit after school enrichment program in the Western Addition for disadvantaged youth called Magic Zone. She later work with Upward Bound and supported local High School students create pathways to college who were first-generation or low-income.
Wanting to gain an international perspective on community engagement, Amanda became the first Global ACE Fellow in the Casa Bayanihan program located in the Philippines, attending Ateneo de Manila. During her time in the Philippines, Amanda also work at L’Arche Punla, an international federation of homes for the developmentally disabled. At L’Arche, Amanda learned more from the amazing individuals who lived there than in any other environment she has encountered. She also got very good at making paper products out of grass while working with the core members in their livelihood workshop.
Amanda is also passionate about advocating for the rehabilitation of incarcerated populations and spent 4 years volunteering in the San Francisco Juvenile Hall counseling incarcerated youth. After graduating from USF, Amanda participated in a fellowship in Sacramento and worked at the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC). At the BSCC, she worked with the Facilities Standards and Operations division and assisted the team with the inspection process for California juvenile hall facilities and county jails. Though she enjoyed her fellowship, Amanda was ready to move back to San Francisco which lead her current position in the International Studies Department.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys gardening, cooking authentic Mexican food, and long-boarding through Golden Gate Park. One of her many hobbies includes building things and up-cycling furniture. She and her father are in the process of starting a business for woodwork and tiny homes. Lastly, Amanda’s spirit animal is a Golden Retriever and she identifies as a Golden Retriever/ all dogs enthusiast!