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Be a person for others. It’s a theme that surrounds Loyola students every day on campus, from the courses they take to the organizations they join. The idea is that students will then take what they’ve learned and use it to serve their communities. Four


graduate students are doing just that. Eddie Burks, Audrey Hertenstein, Kathryn Huber, and Padraic Stanley were selected for the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program and will spend the next year working on health care-related projects to help underserved communities


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION


Eddie Burks Working with Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network


THE PROJECT • “I’ll be providing posi- tive relationship support through clinical, psycho-education, and social interven- tions to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgen- der, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who are wards of the state. Having been in foster care and self-identifying as gay, I understand the many challenges these youths face. I also understand the posi- tive support that is needed to help these young people with the development of their sexual identity and orientation. My project aims to provide that support.”


TEN YEARS FROM NOW • “I plan to have obtained my doctorate in counsel- ing psychology and run a private practice focused on implementing my service project nationally. I also plan to have adopted children out of foster care so that I can provide another level of positive relationship support— this time as a dad.”


STRITCH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE


Audrey Hertenstein Working with CommunityHealth


THE PROJECT • “After working with Com- munityHealth programs in Honduras and the United States, I saw firsthand the im- portance of peer-to-peer education. The project I’m working on is a group-based weight loss class for Spanish- and English- speaking women through the Communi- tyHealth clinic on Chicago Avenue. The class will focus on topics ranging from goal setting and exercise to nutrition and stress reduction. The ultimate hope for this class is to draw on the peer support and peer-led knowledge of fellow group members to help patients achieve their weight loss goals and lifestyle changes.”


TEN YEARS FROM NOW • “I’d like to work in family medicine and support the community I’m working with. I hope to help others achieve their goals and plan to continue to work toward that over the next decade.”


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