Mutual trust and understanding can go a long way toward developing a comfortable and productive environment to encourage and educate students.
I participated in a Civil Rights Pilgrimage, visiting historic sights in Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama. Before the pilgrimage, I held only a vague understanding of the historic moments and figures of the civil rights movement. After the pilgrimage, I became a sworn soldier for equality and social justice, promising to confront inequality wherever I saw it.
At the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, I served as an Americorps member through Blugold Beginnings, a program which works with 5th-12th grade students. Blugold Beginnings educates students about college life – from admission requirements to financial aid to grades – and specifically targets low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students.
Working with my students, I quickly learned that every child comes from a different background, with different life experiences and that mutual trust and understanding can go a long way toward developing a comfortable and productive environment to encourage and educate students.
I also served as a Peer Diversity Educator at UW-Eau Claire, for a student-run diversity group which promotes diversity and social justice. Our programs helped improve the overall atmosphere toward diversity and respecting differences on campus.
In addition, I had the opportunity to be a mentor for Peer Haven, a LGBT peer mentoring program at UW-Eau Claire. I met regularly with my mentee to develop a trusting and open relationship where concerns, fears, advice and encouragement could be exchanged.
My campus involvement
I currently serve on the committee for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion where I work to improve the campus climate and build relationships that lend themselves to constantly improving the academic environment at Northwestern. Through Northwestern, I also have the opportunity to tutor elementary students several times a week which helps connect me to the community and keep me grounded. I recently began working with the marketing and website departments to help showcase our campus and broaden the school’s online presence.
I look forward to our University further developing a curriculum-based approach in dealing with diverse populations – so that students understand how healthcare inequalities affect specific populations and how we as future healthcare providers can use that information to make positive changes in lives of these individuals.
My plans for the future
I would like to start a charity or program targeting LGBT youth which serves a safe space for teens to have their questions answered about specific health concerns, learn about the LGBT movement including historical figures and events, and meet other members of the LGBT community who will serve as positive role models.
After I graduate I plan on opening my own chiropractic practice in Western Wisconsin which will serve as a unique health resource to my community. It will utilize a blend of chiropractic treatments and philosophy, nutritional support and education, and stress control and mindfulness to serve my patients and my community well.
My life outside Northwestern
I like dogs and coffee.
I’m pretty laid-back and open, so if you have any questions or would just like to chat, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org