2020 Profiles in Leadership

Ugonna Okorie

Ugonna Okorie
Public Health
Student Activities Board

My experience as a student leader has helped me network with students and faculty. My role on SAB has allowed me to enjoy the process of planning and participating in events.

Nina Siegfried

Nina Siegfried
Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Organizational Development,Sport Administration Specialization
Club Programming Committee

Thanks to CPC I had the honor to represent the international student population of UofL, work with a diverse group of dedicated,engaged and passionate student leaders and gain a more holistic approach to leading.

William Baird

William Baird
Accounting
Club Programming Committee

Student leadership has granted me responsibilities previously unthinkable. The ability to prove myself in those positions has bolstered my confidence and emboldened me to take on new,exciting tasks!

Jordan Mcgintye

Jordan Mcginty
Political Science and Criminal Justice
Student Organization Advisory Board Commuter Students

Working with the Office of Student Involvement has allowed me to make an impactful change while still in college. The things I've achieved has helped me grow as a leader and better prepare me for my future in public service.

Jalesia Johnson

Jalesia Johnson
Communications
Student Organization Advisory Board

Being a student leader, I achieved my goal of being what I needed as an out-of-state student my freshman year. Being a source of positivity and source of information for students and allowing students to lean on me to guide them in the right direction and support their interests and goals.

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Christina Fleming
Dentistry
School of Dentistry Student Council

As a student leader, I've been able to make meaningful connections with my peers and faculty, which has provided me with new opportunities to grow,learn,and build the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in my future endeavors."

Eli Cooper

Eli Cooper
Social Change (Liberal Studies) and Political Science
ELSB

My experience as a student leader has given me the confidence, and skills to back up that confidence,necessary to pursue the loftiest of my goals. Without the OSI I would hold myself back from opportunities and not achieve my dreams.

Taris Smith

Taris Smith
Marketing
ELSB

The skills and lessons I have learned while growing as a student leader has given me the confidence to take a chance on myself in everything I do and be poised in every challenge I take on.

Nicholas English

Nicholas English
DMD
School of Dentistry Student Council

This experience has taught me how to be a team leader, build relationships,and improved my ability to work with others. All of these assets are important in my future as a Dental Professional.

Smith Patel

Smith Patel
Electrical Engineering
Student Organization Advisory Board

Being a student leader has taught me how to create meaningful and last connections with the people around me.

Cassidy Craig

Cassidy Craig
Communications
Student Organization Advisory Board Her Campus Magazine

Being a student leader and being involved in general really makes me feel apart of the great family/community of the University of Louisville.

Nathan Goldman

Nathan Goldman
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Donovan Scholars

I don't think of myself as a leader. Rather, I see myself as a contributor. I hope I have contributed something of value to U of L.

Avalon Gupta Verwiebe

Avalon Gupta Verwiebe
Public Health
ELSB and Cardinal Cupboard

My involvement with the Engage Lead Serve Board and the Cardinal Cupboard gave me the space to feel confident in my skills and a community that encouraged me to work towards my ideas and goals.

Gabrielle Vincent

Gabrielle Vincent
Marketing
Panhellenic Council (Fraternity and Sorority Life)

Being a student leader has encouraged me to take on important roles at our university. I am forever grateful for Student Involvement for providing me with countless opportunities.

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Darren Hodge
Business Communications
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc

Being a leader means unselfishly helping those around me in reach new heights together. The unselfish concern for the health and well-being of others has developed me into a better individual. Making being a leader the key factor in accomplishing all of my goals.

Ogechukwu Tabugbo

Ogechukwu Tabugbo
French
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc

Being a student leader has helped me to become a better leader and work with organizations on campus. It has also helped me to give back to the Black community.

Margaret May

Margaret May
American Sign Language Interpreting Studies (ASLIS)
Chi Omega

Participating in student leadership has opened many doors for me. I have learned to trust myself,made connections with mentors, and have realized that while it is scary to apply, it's even scarier thinking of what might have been.

Emma Lamb

Emma Lamb
Biology
Leader's Legacy

Beginning my time at U of L in the Leader's Legacy program allowed me to narrow in on my goals from the get go. I was fortunate enough to be provided with whatever resources I might need immediately which set my first year at the university off on the right track for my own success. Likewise, I have been able to keep an open mind to other students' goals and how I might be able to help them gain success.

Rachel Mcgraw

Rachel Mcgraw
Political Science
Leader's Legacy

People who see things differently than you do make some of the most wonderful and challenging friends, pushing you to explore your beliefs and opinions if you only allow yourself to listen to what they have to say.

Valerie Tran

Valerie Tran
Industrial Engineering
Leader's Legacy

My experience as a student leader has allowed me to accumulate growth and compassion as I have had the opportunity to experience the diversity that is offered here on campus and develop connections with those around me!

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Dilishia Thomas
Nursing
Student Assistant Office of Student Involvement

My experience as a student leader has impacted me in many ways. The most important way is that it continually gets me out of my comfort zone and challenges me to do things that I would have never done before.

Gene Porter

Gene Porter
Medicine
Club Programming Committee and Medical School Student Council

Serving on the Medical Student Council has made me realize that my enthusiasm for helping others extends beyond the desire to treat future patients. I have discovered how rewarding it can be to help others achieve their own goals.

Cole Roberts

Cole Roberts
Finance & Economics
Interfraternity Council

My experience as a student leader has made me a more confident individual while showing me the true importance of relationships. I know my time as a student leader has equipped me with numerous tools to succeed after graduation.

Emma Lawson

Emma Lawson
Political Science & Communication
Panhellenic Council

Learning from trials as a leader myself, and from the wisdom of others,I have gathered a sufficient amount of advice and learning through my many experiences in leadership. It is from the opportunities provided by the Office of Student Involvement that I have applied my true potential as a leader to empower others to find their voice and make impactful changes in their community.

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields
Nursing
Order of Omega (Fraternity and Sorority Life)

As a student leader, my experience has enabled me to better develop communication, leadership,and time management skills, all of which are incredibly important for being a future nurse.

Eli Graft

Eli Graft
Business Economics
Interfraternity Council

Working alongside individuals who share the drive and passion to succeed pushes me every day to be the best student and leader I can be. These leadership skills will translate into any area of life.

Jasmyne Post

Jasmyne Post
Political Science
ELSB

My involvement as a student leader has taught me more about empathy,patience,and the importance of diversity than any other experience I have had in college. I cannot imagine my time at UofL without the opportunities and connections I have gained!

Hannah Keenan

Hannah Keenan
Public Health
Student Activities Board

Being a student leader has impacted achieving my goals because it has opened my eyes to the wide array of possibilities in the world around me, in addition to challenging me to have new perspectives.

Taelor Duncan

Taelor Duncan
Public Health
Panhellenic Council (Fraternity and Sorority Life)

When my career goals shifted,my confidence in achieving those goals dwindled. Getting involved in UofL's amazing community of student leaders gave me the confidence and the skills to tackle any profession with the best support network.

Mary Griffin

Mary Griffin
Comparative Humanities
Donovan Scholars

Being chairperson of the Donovan Scholars, has helped me recognize the importance of inter-generational dialogue here on campus. It has given me opportunities to participate in conferences and hang out with an incredible group of fellow students. Being a student leader is practice for the 'real world'.

Lauren Reuss

Lauren Reuss
Political Science with minors in Philosophy and Economics
ELSB and Cardinal Cupboard

Serving the University has opened my eyes to who I am as a leader,advocate,and friend,and has enabled me to make rich investments and successfully pursue my passions. Working with the Cardinal Cupboard has given me a higher purpose,helping me to achieve my full potential in my time at UofL and establishing strong roots to last a lifetime.

Idaya Gager

Idaya Gager
Communications
NPHC

My experience as a student leader has pushed me to further my education post graduation,has given me an insight on what I want to do in my career,and has emphasized creativity as a vital skill of being a well rounded individual. I am going to pursue my Master's degree in Communication or Sport Management. I plan to open my own PR firm that would encompass all forms of entertainment and creativity [literature,dance,athletics,music,and art] after gaining my experience in the athletic sphere of Public Relations. I will do it all with the knowledge I have obtained here and the skills that I have acquired through my four years here at the university.