Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Ashley Brooks

An Outstanding Islander

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Sorority Sister

Ashley Brooks admits that she never had any interest in joining a sorority, much less become actively involved as a founding sister of the Xi Delta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma, one of the fastest-growing campus organizations. Currently, Brooks serves as president and new membership educator.  After a friend talked the history major from San Antonio, Texas, into attending a meeting to revive the multicultural social sorority, she quickly formed a bond and found her “home away from home.” Since then, Brooks has helped organize participation in several philanthropy and community service projects which include collecting donations for First Friday, which has underwritten thousands of screening mammograms for women in South Texas, and joining in the Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk held in October in downtown Corpus Christi. She also has volunteered her time to Habit for Humanity, Adopt-a-Highway, Adopt-a-Beach and AmeriCorps. In addition, as the vice president and treasurer of the Multi-Cultural Greek Council, she helped established the first governing body of officers in MGC history and plan a week of fun-filled activities at the Island University. Brooks, who is interested in women’s gender history, says that SLG’s mission is to empower women of all cultural backgrounds.  Since her parents taught her to be kind to others, especially those who are less fortunate, she has made it her prerogative to give back to the community. As a Go Center Collegiate mentor, Brooks can share her experiences as a first-generation college student with Ray High School students as she assists them in completing college applications, applying for financial aid, conducting college searches and studying for college exams. This summer, she will tutor and mentor kids visiting the University for six weeks through TRiO’s Upward Bound Program, which is designed to identify students with academic potential and prepare them for college level work. Upon graduating from the Island University, Brooks plans to return to San Antonio to chase her dream to work with at-risk students, and pursue a master’s degree in history.

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