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Participant Profile: Chiamaka Chukwu

Chiamaka was born in Enugu State, Nigeria, and immigrated to the United States when she was 11 years old in search of better educational opportunities and a more secure future. Ever since she was young she has always been invested in looking for ways to improve the world that we live in. When she was in high school Chiamaka started an organization called “Don’t Stand By” which was focused on drawing awareness to the bullying that exists in her Cleveland community. For fun, she likes to go to the movies, watch Netflix, and spend time with her family. In the future, she wants to focus on the healthcare disparities that exist among women of color in hospitals as well as healthcare disparities that exist in third world countries. An example is her home country of Nigeria – she has witnessed the poor healthcare conditions at hospitals and there is a lot of room for improvements. Through experiencing different cultures, beliefs, and traditions through the Civic Semester, she will be able to examine the world through a more critical lens and answer the question – “How can I leave the world better than I found it?”