Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Arlette “Liddy” Rocha

An Outstanding Islander

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Making a Positive Impact

Arlette “Liddy” Rocha is equally as serious about devoting her time to worthy causes as she is about earning an education.

“Students can go to school and get their degrees, but it’s also important for them to get involved with organizations that help those who need it most,” said Rocha, a biomedical science major who has volunteered at non-profits since high school. “The positive impact I can make is my reward.”  

After enrolling at the Island University in 2009, she became the first campus representative for TOMS Shoes, which establishes partnerships with humanitarian organizations for worldwide distribution of shoes in underdeveloped countries. Currently, she is working to establish a TOMS Club at our university.

In spring April 2011, she organized the “TOMS Shoes - A Day Without Shoes” Barefoot Benefit Concert to raise funds and collect non-perishable food items and clothing for the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief fund.  As a member of Hispanics for the Advancement of Community and Educational Readiness (HACER), she partnered with the American Red Cross to raise more than $1,700 for a Haiti relief fundraiser held in spring 2010.  Rocha is a former Camden resident advisor, past member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, and a former student service assistant manager at the University Center.

Rocha, a native of Houston, Texas, is active in the Baptist Student Ministry, teaching bilingual Bible studies at the Bokenkamp Children's Shelter.  For one weekend each semester, she mentors children at the South Texas Children’s Home. She has also discussed college opportunities with high school students through HACER.

“There are many opportunities for these high school kids to go to college, but many just aren’t interested,” she said. “I’ve found that these kids are more likely to listen if they speak directly with a college student who has these first-hand experiences.”
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