Priya Donti is on a mission…

to engage the community by giving back

Photo: Priya DontiIf there is an activity on campus, it’s likely that President’s Scholar Priya Donti ’15 is an organizer or participant.

A former tutor for Homework Hotline, a free, over-the-phone mathematics and science tutoring service for students in grades 4–12, Donti is a staff member in the Harvey Mudd Writing Center. She develops and teaches lessons for Science Bus, a program that brings hands-on science lessons to elementary school students. She is also co-president of Engineers for a Sustainable World/Mudders Organizing for Sustainability Solutions (ESW/MOSS) and volunteers for Mudders Making a Difference.

“My favorite part of community engagement is that it allows me to give back and create opportunities for others in the same way that opportunities for success have been given to me. I also like that it’s a vehicle for personal development,” Donti said.

Even her research work with computer science Professor Elizabeth Sweedyk presented a community engagement component. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, the Games Network project challenged students to develop educational games based upon learning objectives set by real-world customers: middle-school social studies teachers.

Once the games were developed, Donti’s research team visited nearby schools to user-test them in the classroom.

Donti plans to pursue a career that involves both environmental sustainability and community engagement.

Strategic Vision Theme V: Global Engagement and Informed Contributions to Society