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ACE Scholar Accepted into Phi Beta Kappa
ACE scholar Phaedra Johnson and eight other LMU students were invited to join LMU’s inaugural chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. PBK recognizes exceptional academic achievement in the arts and sciences and is the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society. LMU was selected for membership in 2019, a privilege that only 10 percent of U.S. colleges and universities boast. Phaedra was excited to join a society that aligned with her pursuit of continuous learning and emphasized the betterment of self and the community.
She recalled that being an ACE scholar prepared her for PBK and medical school. Her academic performance, and having twice received ACE’s outstanding academic achievement award, helped distinguish her as a PBK hopeful. She stated that the nature of the ACE program helped to remind and “re-center” her around her goal. She learned about the process of researching, applying to, and financing medical school, and the experiences and enrollment disparities of graduate underrepresented students.
Now a senior, Phaedra has a solidified plan for the future. After graduation, she will prepare her medical school applications, plan for interviews, volunteer at clinics, and work to finance medical school. She is exploring medical programs at Cornell, USC, UC Irvine, and NYU.
Scholar Selected to Attend HACU Conference as a Leader-in-Residence
Luisa Valle was selected to attend the Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU) annual conference from October 5-7, 2019 in Chicago, IL. The mission of the HACU conference is to champion equity and excellence for Hispanic students in higher education. Luisa was a beneficiary of HACU’s Leader-in-Residence program. She and other students from the U.S. and Puerto Rico received a scholarship to participate in the conference’s student track titled the ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute. The institute consisted of a career leadership and development networking symposium where students attended presentations, workshops, luncheons, a town hall meeting, and met with conference exhibitors and recruiters.
What motivated Luisa to apply to the conference was its focus on underrepresented students. “When I saw the application, I saw that it was just like a conference specifically for Latino students in the professional realm, and so I just found that really interesting.” Having attended the conference, Luisa is considering attending graduate or professional school in Chicago. She plans to pursue an MBA or a law degree. “I do not know if I want to stay in L.A.or go out of state. But it is now something that I might consider.”
Now back at LMU, Luisa will participate in HACU-sponsored leadership development webinars and serve as a HACU resource to other students. She will lead an information session on HACU internships, scholarships, and other services and assist in increasing student engagement in HACU’s programs and advocacy efforts. Luisa encourages her peers not to fear trying new experiences.“At first, I did not expect or see myself going to the conference in Chicago, so whenever you see an opportunity, just go ahead, apply or do whatever you can to put yourself in that position, and just do it.”