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Student Leadership Development

Peer Leadership Team

"Providing students with high quality leadership development programs"

Members of the Peer Leadership Team (PLT) assist in providing students with high quality leadership development programs and serve as a resource to the Loyola community. PLT members support program development and implementation, departmental marketing and communication, and the facilitation of activities for student groups. PLT members receive leadership experience, communication skills, and a scholarship.

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Meet the PLT members:

Emily Schuchardt

Emily was born and raised in a small town in West Michigan. With two brothers her hobbies definitely include being active, kayaking and specifically playing soccer. She is currently a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago and a resident assistant in San Francisco Hall. She is majoring in Biology and minoring in Bioethics and theology on a Pre-med track. Emily aspires to one day to be a physician and help work towards a healthier world, if God so desires she could see herself working in a third world country helping people reach a healthier state. Her leadership interests first sparked in high school where she was a part of the American Youth Foundation, which was focused on leadership development, and participated in two National Leadership Conferences. Her passion for leadership set fire and inspired her to join the Leadership Learning Community for Social Change at Loyola where she was first introduced to the Leadership Development office. She aspires to use leadership as an avenue to advocate for social change especially when it comes to the health conditions in third world countries. As a PLT member she hopes to continue to explore what leadership means to her and to share her experiences with other people!

Foram‌ Patel

Foram comes from Glenview, Il, a northwest suburb of Chicago. She is currently a sophomore, majoring in Advertising and Public Relation with minors in Marketing and International studies. Her interests include playing tennis and going to the city. Foram’s campus involvements include being an RA in Mertz Hall and serving as a Global Ambassador for International Admissions. Foram’s interest in leadership at Loyola began through her attending the LEAD retreat at the start of her first year and attending SLI and NJSLC at the end of her first year. For this very reason as well as many others, Foram is greatly looking forward to working with Student Leadership Development and with the peer leadership team this year!

Andres Peña

Andres is a sophomore student. Born to Colombian parents, he grew up in Hoffman Estates, IL. His favorite food is Thai food and on campus, he is currently involved in club soccer, the Chicago Center Host Student Program, and is a new member of the American Chemical Society (and will be involved in SFER). Andres is also a second-year student in the Leadership Learning Community. In the previous year, he was involved in LIFT and worked part time at Armani Exchange.  Andres has dreams of one day directing laboratory research, and being involved in the Chicago community.

Samy Rivera

Samy is a sophomore majoring in Advocacy and Social Change with minors in Educational Policy and Spanish. She has extended her leadership on campus this year as a Learning Community Assistant for the first and second year Leadership for Social Change Learning Community members. Her participation in the learning community last year ignited her passion for the leadership process and its impact on student development and success. She is excited to carry out this passion this year in her work with the Student Leadership Development office as well as other service opportunities in the community.

 Krina Desai

 Krina was born and raised in Hoffman Estates, IL. She is currently a junior at Loyola majoring in Forensic Science and Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Krina is a member of the Hindu Students’ Organization, as well as the Forensic Science student organization on campus. In the future, Krina hopes to work for Illinois State Police (ISP) or teach forensic science. In her free time, when she’s not on Facebook, Krina likes to read, watch lots of TV shows and try out new restaurants! Being a Girl Scout for 15 years, leadership and service have been a part of Krina’s life for a long time. As a member of the Peer Leadership Team, Krina hopes to inspire others to become leaders!

Pauline Tolentino

A dedicated and social justice-oriented Loyola University Chicago student leader studying in the Undergraduate Honors Program majoring in Advertising and Public Relations with minors in Psychology, Business Administration, and Management, Pauline is currently a Resident Assistant, National Residence Hall Honorary Member, and the PR Intern at Centro Romero. She has been a Loyola4Chicago Volunteer Leader and Chicago Youth Programs Volunteer, as well as Residence Hall Association Member and Area Council Program Coordinator. Pauline has participated as a volunteer at the 2011 National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) and served as a delegate presenter at NJSLC 2012. As a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow (NUFP), Pauline intends to pursue a career in Higher Education and Student Affairs, strongly believing that everyone has the potential to be a leader and that it just takes a combination of experience/opportunities, knowledge, luck, and a community of supporters and mentors dedicated to helping others succeed. She aspires to be both a mentor and learner by helping others develop their leadership skills and experience and create positive, social change.





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