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Camille Smith

Camille Smith
Year
Senior
Major(s)
Global and International Studies & Political Science
Hometown: Celina, OH

My time at Loyola thus far has deeply instilled within me a passion for being active in social justice through my involvement on and off campus. Besides being a Gannon and Mallinckrodt Scholar, I serve as a mentor at the International House to help foreign students assimilate to Loyola and life in America. I also help tutor immigrant and refugee adolescent girls at a local non-profit. I balance this volunteering with my other clubs, which include French Club, Model UN, V-Day, and Amnesty International.

Beyond all of these activities, however, I have had some of the most formative social justice experience through my current employment as a Research and Policy Intern at Get In Chicago, an affiliate project of the Chicago Community Trust that strategically works to reduce youth violence in the city of Chicago. Through my work at Get In Chicago, I have been driven to figure out the systemic issues that are at the root of societal problems and how to go about effectively changing them. My project this summer has been to research how the Illinois state budget impasse especially marginalizes low income communities. I have also been mapping homicides, shootings, truancies, and dropouts to present to our board and help us better target our programs … I have learned that both research and active community engagement are equally important when it comes to invoking sustainable and powerful positive change.

I am eager to continue research with the Mallinckrodt Scholars Program that takes a look at these sorts of areas of systemic inequality and how we can bring justice to our society.