Lana Aldos ’21
Hometown: Daraa, Syria
Major: Biology & Society
How has your participation in the community-engaged leadership program supported you in helping people get along better? By studying and analyzing the resources present around me, I can use them as tools to facilitate dialogue and build connections. As an engaged leader, I pay attention to each individual growth and can, by recognizing personal qualities in members in the community I am serving, be aware of how members work and communicate and grow.
Community-engaged leadership is … a two-way street; on one side there’s the community you are serving and on the other side there’s you. In order for change to happen, you need to be actively analyzing the community, the resources and the individuals who are a part of that community, for you to serve them well. Similarly, the community is constantly analyzing you and working with you to help make change happen. The benefits of community-engaged leadership are mutually reinforcing.
I work with my community(ies) to address … barriers preventing Syrian refugees in refugee host countries from accessing healthcare.
My friends would say I’m … humble, a risk-taker and a go-getter.
Fun fact: I can speak four languages.
The best part about the community-engaged leadership program is … THE PEOPLE! I felt constantly motivated and inspired by every individual who was a part of the community-engaged leadership program. Both the motivation and inspiration encouraged me to be more creative and work harder to pursue the work that I do. Every individual had an interesting journey and a story that makes them unique, and I constantly felt more informed about the issues that they’re working on because of how passionate they’re about solving it.
My community partner(s) taught me … to think critically, learn about an issue from all angles and not just one, and study the community and the resources present to make informed decisions.
I plan to continue my journey as an engaged leader by … using my current community-engaged project on addressing barriers preventing Syrian refugees from accessing healthcare in Jordan as a blue print to be applied in other refugee-hosting countries.
Certificate in Community-Engaged Leadership
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