Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Lauren Morrissey

Lauren Morrissey
Political Science and Religious Studies
Foster City, CA

How have you benefited from the Gannon Scholars program?

The Gannon Scholars program became my home at Loyola this past year. My fellow Gannon Scholars encourage me to grow as an activist, a leader, and a woman with and for others every day. My engagement with the diverse perspectives of my peers, social justice issues and individuals affiliated with the Gannon Center for Women in Leadership are responsible for the change in me. I am very grateful for my fellow scholars, but even more grateful for how I have become for confident, empathetic, and open this past year.

Why is the mission of women's leadership important to you?

The mission of the Gannon Scholars all that I hoped to be as a woman growing up. I always had reflex for social change and leadership, and that was cultivated by communities of empowered women when I was growing up. I never wanted to lose that community of empowered women, and Gannon was the perfect space for this community at Loyola for me. Women are without a doubt strong, but it is women in intentional community with one another that are unstoppable, and I believe that this is what Gannon is aspiring to show the world.