Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Nicole Pagán

Nicole Pagán
English, Secondary Education
Chicago, IL

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

Outside of the Gannon Scholars program, I write short stories that revolve around my cultural identity, something that I am proud to be able to do professionally for a Chicago-based art magazine. Additionally, I am very interested in social justice work within the field of education, which is why I dedicate my time to tutoring youth of the Chicagoland area and developing models for best practice in diverse learning settings.

What are you interested in researching? Why?

American psychologist Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” demonstrates how one cannot achieve their fullest potential if their basic psychological, safety, belongingness, and esteem needs are not met. These are the very needs that social-emotional supports within schools can help students meet. I am interested in researching how such social-emotional supports in schools like Sullivan High School play an important role in CPS’s mission to prepare students for college, career, and civic life. The purpose of my research is to make a call for action to CPS schools and to the general public to recognize social-emotional supports for what they are: a deeply important measure of not only a school’s long-term success, but a child’s.