Mo Sullivan

My service-learning and undergraduate research took place while a member of the Urban Issues Learning Community and enrolled in UNIV 291: Seminar in Community-based Research and Leadership.  My group worked with the Tenant Leadership Committee at Mercy Housing to investigate how the economic downturn had affected tenants' abilities to obtain adequate food resources.

I consider my experience in UNIV 291 one of the most formative of my Loyola career. The course opened my eyes to a field for which I am extremely passionate and made me confident that I want to pursue a career that focuses on making positive social change within my community.  During class, the Associate Director of Loyola's Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) spoke to our class and I was extremely interested in the work CURL was doing.  This interest turned into an opportunity to become an undergraduate research fellow with CURL.  If I had not taken UNIV 291, I would not have known about this opportunity and I would not have gained experience needed for the fellowship.

I have worked as an undergraduate research fellow with CURL since Fall 2012 and I love the work I am doing!  This experience has caused me to reexamine my career goals.  I am now considering a graduate degree that will allow me to continue conducting social science research or other work that promotes equity and opportunities to under-served populations within our society.  Before pursuing a graduate degree, I hope to complete a yearlong post-graduate service opportunity in the hopes of working with communities and organizations that promote social justice.