Finding community …
“I came to Villanova for the community, and I stay at Villanova for the community. I have made real, genuine relationships here.
"I’ve had a lot of opportunities here to grow as a leader because people were willing to support me through my journey, but not necessarily do things for me, which helped me to find my own path.”
Finding her place …
“When I arrived at Villanova, I was thinking, ‘What if I fall outside of the lines of what Villanovans typically do? Can I still have a Villanova experience?’
"I reached out to Dr. Nance (Teresa A. Nance, PhD, chief diversity officer and associate vice provost for diversity and inclusion), and through her I was able to start finding a community of people who truly support and love and care for me.
"I have been part of a group of students who sought out conversations about diversity and inclusion with people all around campus, from the deans to the provost to the president to the Board of Trustees. We wanted to improve visual representations of diversity on campus and discuss how our education can be made more inclusive.”
Discovering her passion …
“The Communication Department’s social justice documentary course has had the biggest impact on my life. I have grown so much as a leader, a student and a person while working on documentary projects, and it has made me want to work in production as a career.
"This year, we traveled to Ethiopia for a film that will share different women’s experiences with gaining access to safe surgery.”