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Anna Kutter

Anna Kutter
Year
Sophomore
Major
Political Science
Hometown
Englewood, OH

How have you benefited from the Gannon Scholars program?

The Gannon Scholars program not only gave me a place to feel immediately welcome at Loyola, but a place to assert myself as a member of a community pushing for social change. Having not only upperclassmen and the resources of the program, but a group of young women in my class to help me navigate the transition to college was invaluable for my first year. Additionally, the guest speakers, and research class have taught me a lot about activism and social justice local to Chicago and the different opportunities available for undergraduate research at Loyola. I am so grateful for everything Gannon gave me in my first year and am excited for the opportunities it will present looking forward.

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

The history of women's leadership at Loyola, and Mundelein College before it, is extremely impressive, and I am honored to be a part of it. Beyond that, feminism is one of the most important values in my life because of the way it encompasses all other progressive movements. The interdisciplinary intersectionality of the Gannon Scholars program has taught me so much about how to be a true advocate for social justice, and I am proud to be a part of an organization that organizes and works to empower the marginalized through dialogue, service, and scholarship.