Loyola University Chicago

Student Leadership Development

Student Life & Engagement

Peer Leadership Team

"Providing students with high quality leadership development programs"

Members of the Peer Leadership Team (PLT) assist in providing students with high quality leadership development programs and serve as a resource to the Loyola community. PLT members support program development and implementation, departmental marketing and communication, and the facilitation of activities for student groups.

Meet the PLT members:

Emily Schuchardt — Student Coordinator

Emily is originally from a small town in West Michigan. With two brothers her hobbies definitely include being active, kayaking and specifically playing soccer. She is currently a Junior at Loyola University Chicago and a resident assistant in San Francisco Hall. She is majoring in Biology and minoring in Bioethics and theology on a Pre-med track. Emily aspires to one day to be a physician and help work towards a healthier world. Her leadership interests first sparked in high school where she was a part of the American Youth Foundation, which was focused on leadership development, and participated in two National Leadership Conferences. Her passion for leadership set fire and inspired her to join the Leadership Learning Community for Social Change at Loyola where she was first introduced to the Leadership Development office. She aspires to use leadership as an avenue to advocate for social change especially when it comes to the health conditions in developing countries. As a PLT member she hopes to continue to explore what leadership means to her and to share her experiences with other people!

Foram Patel

Foram was born in India, but has lived in many different places before moving to Chicago with her family when she was six years old. Currently, she is a junior, studying advertising and public relations, with a minor in marketing. On campus, Foram is actively involved with Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity on campus, and serves as a Peer Advisor in First and Second Year Advising. Foram’s leadership interest sparked after attending the LEAD retreat her freshman year, giving her a new understanding of leadership. This new understanding brought her to further getting involved with the Student Leadership Development Office. When Foram isn’t in class, you can find her blogging, or taking in the beauty of Lake Michigan and Chicago.

Samy Rivera

Samy is originally from a small town near Mexico City, Mexico and moved with her family to the U.S. when she was six years old. As an identified Mexican-American, immigrant, and Latina woman, she developed a concept of social justice leadership based in mutual respect and understanding. Currently, she is a junior majoring in Advocacy and Social Change with minors in Educational Policy and Spanish. Samy is curious and engaged in learning, especially about innovative ideas on how to improve education and how to empower others. She aspires to work in an area of leadership training carried into community organizing projects. Thus, she returns to the Peer Leadership Team to continue working towards her mission of serving as a resource to help students develop into socially responsible change agents.

Clarissa Figueroa

Clarissa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is currently a sophomore in the Quinlan School of Business majoring in Business Management and minoring in Business Administration. Beginning her activism in her early life, she participated in various clubs and organizations in high school to promote positive change in the world.This sparked an interest in different leadership styles and led her to join Loyola’s Leadership Learning Community entering her freshman year of college as well as participate in the 2014 Student Leadership Institute. Being deeply inspired, she excitedly joined the Peer Leadership Team this year. During her spare time, Clarissa loves to explore Chicago, spend time with friends, and binge watch TV shows on Netflix. As a member of PLT, Clarissa hopes to inspire others to lead and break the stereotypical definition of leadership.

Kelsey McClear

Kelsey was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan, a small town North of Detroit. She is currently a sophomore studying Marketing and double minoring in Accounting and Women’s and Gender Studies. Kelsey is the Learning Community Assistant for the Leadership for Social Change Learning Community, a National Residence Hall Honorary member and actively involved in the Public Relations Student Society of America’s chapter here at Loyola. Being a member of the Leadership LC as a freshman and attending The People’s Institute retreat last year inspired Kelsey to pursue her passion for leadership by joining Peer Leadership Team this year. During her spare time she enjoys running on the Lake Shore path, exploring the city with her friends and finding DIY projects on Pinterest. As a member of PLT, Kelsey looks forward to expanding her knowledge of leadership and encouraging others to do the same. Gandhi says it best “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Sara Quinlan

Sara was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She is currently a sophomore majoring in Business Management, with a minor in Spanish. She was a Peer Advisor for the UNIV 101 classes this fall semester. She enjoys working with students of all ages. She is a tutor program coordinator for Chicago Youth Programs. She is the Director of Recruiting for Enactus, a business service organization on campus, as well as an active member of National Residence Hall Honorary. Being a member of the Leadership for Social Change Learning Community her freshman year, Sara has found a new passion of leadership. Now, being a member of the Peer Leadership Team, she hopes to expand that new passion and challenge others to seek their passions.

Willie Ho

Willie Ho is a senior biology and psychology major with a minor in neuroscience. He is a member of COPAA, Kapwa, and Delta Sigma Phi. He was born and raised in Chicago. He likes moose tracks ice cream and really likes hippos. His future goal is to do clinical research.

Dolly Tailor

Dolly Tailor is born and raised from the suburbs of Chicago. She is currently a junior majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Biostats on the Premed track. She was a Peer Mentor for the Emerging Leaders Program, fall 2014. Currently, she serves on the executive board of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity on campus. Dolly loves working with people and serving the community in any possible way. She has a passion for helping others, which is the reason why she wants to become a physician in the future. She enjoys being outdoors and some of her favorite activities include running, eating, and watching Suits. After attending several SLD events, Dolly wants to put everything she has learned into action by being a part of the Peer Leadership Team. She hopes to serve as a bridge between students at Loyola and the Student Leadership Development office.