Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Farah Elhoumaidi

Farah Elhoumaidi
Health Systems Management
Worth, IL

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

Growing up in an immigrant household, I have experienced first-hand the healthcare disparities that exist for racial/ethnic minorities. This has sparked my interest to explore the different factors that contribute to such disparities in health outcomes for racial/ethnic minorities and to help ensure that our healthcare system serves everyone. Here at Loyola, I am involved in the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and the Healthcare Administration Student Council. Off campus, I am an instructor at the Woori Taekwondo and Hapkido Academy, teaching martial arts to students of all ages. I have been doing martial arts for 14 years now, and I hold a third degree black belt in taekwondo and a second degree black belt in hapkido!

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

The Gannon Scholars' mission and the focus on women's leadership is very important to me as it helps show me how I can be the change I want to see in our world. Gannon prepares women to lead in every sector of society, and I am beyond blessed to be a part of such a mission and to be a part of this empowering community where women are supporting one another in helping bring about change within our society.