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Sarah Strom

Sarah Strom
Year
Junior
Major
Public Health
Hometown
Traverse City, MI

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

I am involved with Loyola's chapter of GlobeMed as the Global Health University Co-Coordinator; in this role I will be responsible for researching current social injustices and health-related disparities, formulating a weekly lesson plan and educating our chapter's members on these topics. Through GlobeMed, I have also had the opportunity to be a part of our chapter partnership committee, working closely with our partner, Centro Romero’s BRAVE Program in the hopes of fostering sustainable change. I am also a Loyola4Chicago leader responsible for bringing Loyola volunteers to Misericordia, a local residential facility for those with developmental disabilities, to do yoga with the residents. This past year I had the opportunity to serve as a Recreational Volunteer with Almost Home Kids associated with Lurie Children's Hospital and hope to continue this service in the years to come. During the summer months, I work as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a nursing home.

How have you benefited from the Gannon Scholars program?

Entering college is a daunting and at times overwhelming experience. Looking back, I do not know how I would have managed without the constant support and example my fellow Gannon Scholars provided. This program not only developed my sense of belonging in the Loyola community and the greater Chicago region but also empowered me to become fully immersed in social justice groups, volunteering, and leadership. The Gannon Scholars Leadership Program diversified my thinking about complex issues and has made me into a more well-rounded person.