Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Diana Fonseca

An Outstanding Islander

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Colombian Culture

International student Diana Fonseca believes that she can portray a positive image of her native country of Colombia to everyone she meets through her active campus involvement. As one of the founding members of the Colombian Student Association, she is sharing her culture through traditional food, coffee, dance and music with the University and community. Fonseca, who is from the capital of Bogota, arrived on campus in May 2007. In just one semester, she finished the ESLI program earning an award for the highest GPA. She went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University with her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2009, and is now earning her master’s degree in Public Administration in the Non-profit Management Track. Fonseca chose the master’s program because she wants to contribute to a greater cause. Her mission after graduation is to become engaged with a non-profit organization that will allow her to help create a better quality of life for those in her home country. Fonseca, who also volunteered at the recent new student move-in, has planned events for the Colombian Student Association, alongside her brother, David, past president of the association. Fonseca launched the “Help 4 Fun,” a one-day fundraiser, which raised more than $1,500 to assist children with disabilities in Colombia. Currently, Fonseca works as program manager for the Safe Communities Project with Dr. Philip Rhoades at the Social Science Research Center. There, she maintains and updates safe driving literature, presentations and promotional items in English and Spanish; organizes and participates in health fairs and presentations covered in the Safe Communities Project; and reports results from the TxDOT grant which funds the project. In addition, she serves as a health literacy consultant for the South Texas Family Planning Clinic and Health Corporation, where she re-works the organization’s literature to make it appealing to all audiences. Her experience includes graduate assistant research with Dr. Linda Kiltz on her study of pandemics in San Patricio county, and assisting Dr. Pamela Meyer in conducing the Coastal Bend’s 2010 Community Health Needs Assessment. Through her classes, Fonseca has learned about non-profit management, research methods and grant writing. She says she is grateful and happy for her many opportunities to reach out to communities through her work at the Island University.

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