Mia Haller ’19
Hometown: Rochester, New York
Major: Biology and Society
Minors: Global Health, Nutrition
I work with my community(ies) to address … disparities in health coverage and treatment.
My friends would say I’m … passionate.
Fun fact: I have hiked part of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
The best part about the community-engaged leadership program is … being able to connect with people from different academic and personal backgrounds. It is so inspiring to learn more about the issues and communities that my fellow students are so passionate about!
For my Stage 2 committed project, I … worked on a policy case study in Moshi, Tanzania in order to better understand and help combat “The Social Vulnerability of Women Among Infertile Couples in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania.” During this time I was working closely with medical students from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College in an attempt to bring this hidden issue to the forefront of discussions on reproductive health policy in Tanzania.
My community partner(s) taught me … to be patient and to be not only able but also willing to adapt and change the plan when you encounter obstacles.
I’ve also learned that engaged leaders … sometimes have to take on unexpected roles in new or challenging situations.
Other projects and organizations I’m committed to include … working with PALS Programs to continue pursuing issues of access and inclusion among the Down syndrome community.
I plan to continue my journey as an engaged leader by … learning more about my own community right here in Ithaca and finding opportunities to engage with organizations who are working towards similar goals.
Certificate in Community-Engaged Leadership
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