Class Year: August 2023
Degree Program: MSSA
Concentration: Community Practice for Social Change
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Field Education Organization: Case Western Reserve University's Case Comprehensive Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio
Before beginning at Case Western Reserve University, what were you doing?
I was a graduating senior at Kent State University where I studied public health in the area of community health outreach and development. In addition, I became a community health worker through the Ohio Board of Nursing. I also served as the undergraduate student government senator for the college of public health and was president of the Gamma Epsilon chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Why did you choose CWRU/the Mandel School?
I chose CWRU because I wanted to learn how to impact my community (Cleveland). Also, I know legendary people and instructors have influenced the curriculum.
Describe your field education practicum experience and any work/projects you have done.
I planned and marketed the second annual Black family cancer awareness week, developed listening tours for the Cleveland African American Prostate Cancer Project (CAAPP), created a prostate healthcare navigation community guidebook, and served as a community navigator and research assistant for CAAPP with a publication coming out soon.
"Sydney had an internship at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and they were so impressed with her that they hired her before she graduated. She is leading the development of what is emerging as a model of engaging African American community assets (barber shops) as a way of promoting health screening and education."
– Mark Chupp, associate professor and founding director of the Community Innovation Network
Describe any extracurricular activities you're involved with on- or off-campus.
I served as director of social work for the Student Run Health Clinic this year.
What are you most looking forward to this semester?
I am looking forward to diving into my community practice for social change classes and learning healthcare and community policy with David Miller.
What do you hope to do with your degree?
I would like to use my degree to run for council in the city of Cleveland. I would also like to become an executive director of community outreach and engagement for a cancer or cardiovascular foundation and/or nonprofit. I am also interested in getting my PhD someday!
What is your favorite thing about CWRU/the Mandel School?
My favorite thing is simply my peers! They teach me so much and amaze me everyday!
What is your favorite thing about Cleveland?
My favorite thing about CLE is our sports teams, but I specifically love the Browns!
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I encourage everyone to advocate for what they think is right because you never know who is listening or willing to make a change with you.