Loyola University Chicago

Weekend of Excellence

Laura Prieto

PHOTO: Natalie Battaglia With her arts-based research project, Laura Prieto brought together a diverse group of dancers, some living with Parkinson’s disease. "My time at Loyola has...allowed me to explore areas where research and artistry intersect," she says.

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Laura Prieto

Major: Exercise science  •  Class: 2017  •  Hometown: Las Vegas

What will you be doing at this year’s Weekend of Excellence?
I’ll be doing a poster presentation on an arts-based research project called “All: The Virtual Dance Ensemble and Artists with Parkinson’s Project.” The project focuses on how community is built among a diverse group of dancers and how the notion of “disability as spectacle” can be challenged. I’ll also be doing an oral presentation about my internship at Misericordia. And, finally, I was nominated for the Social Justice in Action Diversity Award.

How has your time at Loyola helped shape you as a person?
My time at Loyola has challenged me artistically and academically. It has allowed me to explore areas where research and artistry intersect. Moreover, my time here has pushed me to see myself as a responsible and active community member that is a leader, an ally, and a lifelong learner.

 What do you hope to be doing 10 years from now?
I hope to have travelled to many countries in the world and have eaten many great meals. I also hope I will be continuing my work with individuals with disabilities and tying this to my love of dance and activism. I also hope to continue to stand in solidarity with others as we continue to build up our communities.