Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Masha Bandouil

Masha Bandouil
Dance, Biology
Frisco, TX

What are some of your interests and involvement outside the Gannon Scholars program?

I am involved in the Student Transitions and Outreach office as a College Coach during the summer and in the Department of Residence Life as a Residential Assistant. I am also very active in the dance community on campus as a member of Dance Honor Society and can always be found in a dance class or rehearsal. I am interested in exploring the intersection between the arts and sciences. In my free time I love to go to concerts, find new vegetarian foods, and sit by the lake.

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

Women's leadership is important to me because how can our society get closer to achieving gender equality if our leadership positions fail to include such a significant part of our population? This inequality is present in even the most unexpected sectors such as in the dance world, a women dominated field, where males still dominate leadership positions. There are too many disparities in the world to have significant decision making only in the hands of a select few. The world will flourish when the ideas, values, and passions of women are allowed to flourish as well.