Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Marie Chamberlain

Marie Chamberlain
Criminal Justice and Criminology, Psychology
Cedar Rapids, IA

What are some of your interests and involvement outside the Gannon Scholars program?

I am interested in criminal law and criminal justice reform. I have been trained as a sexual assault advocate in both Iowa and Illinois, and I am passionate about creating spaces where sexual assault survivors are heard and believed. I am also an avid reader, and I am involved in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program and the IMPACT lab on campus.

How have you benefited from the Gannon Scholars program?

The Gannon Scholars program has allowed me to grow as a leader by showing me my leadership strengths and teaching me there is no one way to be an effective leader. Gannon has also benefitted me by teaching me to be more aware of the injustices in the world around me and showing me that I can make a greater difference by fighting these injustices.

Why is the mission of women's leadership important to you?

As a young girl, I saw a world filled with powerful men. The Gannon Scholars' focus on fostering women to lead in every sector of society is crucial so that other women and young girls can have role models and be empowered to lead as well.