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Anna Donaldson

Anna Donaldson
Year
Junior
Major
Environmental Policy
Hometown
Lees Summit, MO

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

My main interests outside of Gannon are politics, traveling, and being outdoors. This past semester I studied abroad in Rome, Italy. I travelled all across Europe during my time there and loved experiencing new places and cultures. I also interned at The Center for American Studies in Rome, which is a non-profit organization that focuses on Italian-U.S. Politics. At Loyola, I am involved in Ramble Outdoors, which is Loyola's outdoor education program that leads hikes and canoe trips on Lake Michigan. I am also a part of Loyola’s Restoration Club and Student Environmental Alliance. They both work in the community to help the environment through restoring native habitat and implementing sustainability initiatives. My interest in politics has led to my involvement in the Pre-Law Society at Loyola and my ongoing law internship at the Lunceford Law Firm specializing in employment law.

What are you interested in researching? Why?

I am interested in researching the diversity within Loyola’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES). There are significant gaps surrounding diversity within sustainability institutions. My research will help shine light on diversity in the field of environmental sustainability by attempting to understand diverse backgrounds of the Loyola IES community. The findings of this research can then be used by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at the IES to help them develop solutions to become more equitable, inclusive and diverse. As a woman in the field of Environmental Studies, I have seen a lack of discussion around how environmental issues affect minority groups and the incorporation of diverse perspectives into discussions. Since I go to an institution that values social justice, I think it is important to understand social justice issues and the causes of systematic inequality at all levels. Through my research, I will be able to gain an in-depth understanding of the inequality present in environmental issues and how to include all facets of diversity in addressing these problems.