Recent College of Education and Human Services alumna Gabriella (Gabby) Bryce made serving others a hallmark of her Seton Hall career. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native and recent graduate of the Elementary/Special Education program at the College of Education and Human Services served in leadership positions across campus that allowed her to serve her peers and the wider community.
Bryce served as New Member Educator and Rush Chair for Alpha Phi Omega national coeducational service fraternity, Treasurer for the Seton Hall chapter of the New Jersey State Education Association, an ambassador for the College of Education and Human Services and worked as a Desk Assistant for Housing and Residence Life.
In April, Bryce was honored at the 15th annual Servant Leader Awards at Seton Hall University. Bryce was nominated by her friend and brother in Alpha Phi Omega, Madeline Pfaff. In a video interview, Pfaff recognized Bryce as "a role model who shows you why you want to do service and why you want to help others." Bryce discovered her passion for service and giving back to the community after personally struggling with poverty.
Bryce is most proud of her work planning Alpha Phi Omega's first-ever charity gala to benefit HomeFront New Jersey, a homeless advocacy organization. Bryce planned the event to fill a gap in service events benefiting homelessness. "There is a lot of focus on kids and illness," Bryce said. With the issue of homelessness, however, "we see it right outside the gates" of Seton Hall's campus. The gala, Bryce said, brought together more than 100 attendees who raised more than $2,000 for HomeFront. Next year, Bryce hopes the gala will be bigger and raise even more money.
Alpha Phi Omega played "a huge role" in shaping her undergraduate career and pursuit of service to others, Bryce said. After changing her major freshman year made her feel she lacked a plan for her future, Bryce found in Alpha Phi Omega stability, community and "a group of individuals who want to serve and lead."
Bryce served others abroad with DOVE, the Division of Volunteer Efforts. Bryce participated in three service trips as an undergraduate, including two to Haiti and one to Jamaica.
Bryce plans to continue serving others as a math teacher. She is in the process of earning her certification for math education, a passion she discovered as a student teacher. "I have had so many opportunities around me to do service," Bryce said, "which inspired me to continue to serve locally when I go back home to Philly."