Selfhood and Service: Infusing Our Identities into Our Service – 2021 Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

Presented by Arria Hauldin, COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps Member, Campus Compact New Hampshire

Session Description:

This session will focus on the individual and how their identities impact the internal and external connections built throughout service. Geared towards both volunteers and volunteer supervisors, we will start with the concept of identity and expand into how individuality affects each volunteer’s service and their connection to a community.

Service offers volunteers the ability to leave an imprint in a community’s story, but this process is not linear. Beyond a volunteer’s actions, their impact could continue through the community and volunteer shared thoughts, experiences, or cross-cultural interactions. From an organizational perspective, we can pinpoint the tangible effects a volunteer has on their service site.

This session will offer the opportunity to focus on volunteers’ identities and how it shapes their experiences in their position or community.

Session Goals:

By the end of this session, participants will have learned how to:

  • define commonly used, but often misconstrued, the terminology around the conversation of visible and invisible identities
  • continue the conversation around inclusion, diversity, and equity through a community lens and a service perspective
  • discuss how one’s identity shapes service and how a community could interpret an individual’s identities



Arria Hauldin (She/Her/Hers), currently serves as a COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps Member for Campus Compact New Hampshire. A South Florida native, in May 2020, Hauldin graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology.  Hauldin’s research includes intercultural relations, race & ethnicity, intersectionality, LGBTQIA+ Community experiences, and international family relations. A lingering Peace Corps invitee, Hauldin loves to talk about linguistic and cultural exchanges.