Spotlight on the Collegiate Volunteer of the Year: Emily Torchiana

July 21st, 2017
Filed Under: Foundation

This story was written by Mary Flora, Gamma Rho—Arizona State University, and 2017 Executive Office Intern.

The Collegiate Philanthropy Volunteer of the Year Award is given annually at the Alpha Delta Pi summer meeting and recognizes a collegiate member’s personal commitment to philanthropy and service.

This year’s recipient is Emily Torchiana, Zeta Sigma—College of Charleston. After experiencing cyberbullying and depression in high school, Emily created “The Invisible Illnesses.”


“The Invisible Illnesses” is an online docu-series promoted through social media, that shares stories of those affected by mental disorders. Through her willingness to share her personal story, she has exemplified true courage and is making a difference within her community.

Emily was a recipient of the Dorothy Shaw Leadership Award from Alpha Delta Pi, the highest individual award a collegiate member can receive, and was presented with the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Public Service at the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s National Gala on June 22, 2017.


She has achieved all of this, while maintaining a 3.6 GPA and also serving in several other organizations including Student Government, Psi Chi, Rho Lambda, and Order of Omega.

In addition, Emily has begun a National Speaking Tour regarding her campaign. She was also selected to speak at the Annual Youth Summit for the Charleston County School District, and has spoken twice at the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference (SEPC) in 2016 and 2017.

As one of her sisters stated, “Emily Torchiana is a selfless servant, a courageous leader, and a brilliant diamond inside the sisterhood of Alpha Delta Pi.”

Alpha Delta Pi is so proud of Emily’s work and knows she will shine bright in the future! If you would like more information about Emily and “The Invisible Illnesses,” please visit Emily’s website.


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