Allison HrovatUniversity of Mount Union
Allison Hrovat, a junior at the University of Mount Union has engaged her communities on several scales to facilitate positive change, including through leadership positions on campus, through her academic studies, and engaging her elected officials. She serves others on campus as a Structured Study Peer Coach and a writing consultant. Additionally, she is President of the Peace Building Society, Membership Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and Treasurer of Active Minds mental health advocacy group. She has dedicated significant time to recognizing indigenous people and is currently working to formally recognize those who inhabited the land where Mount Union is located. Her experiences also include studying abroad and working for a local farm. She has a passion for helping others learn about food insecurity, human connection to land, and empathy for the situations others' experience. This semester she will participate in spring lobby weekend and complete training through the Spectrum Education Center which focuses on helping children with autism. Upon finishing her undergraduate education Allison plans to spend a year or more as part of a service program and eventually attend graduate school where she plans to study the impact of socioeconomic status on individuals.
I grew up with parents who impressed upon me the importance of giving back whenever possible. As I grew up and started actively learning about the world, I realized just how little I knew of so many struggles people are facing. I know that if I had not gone searching for information, I would not understand many of our current issues. As I began to learn more I knew I needed to take action to educate others and make a difference. To do so on campus, I am president of our Peacebuilding Society which works along with the Peacebuilding and Social Justice minor to educate the campus community on issues of social justice and inequities. Currently, I am leading a campus-wide effort to recognize the indigenous peoples who originally inhabited the land where this university is located. I also serve on the executive committee for our service fraternity and volunteer to support the community around our university. In addition, I advocate for mental health awareness and spend time at our Spectrum Education Center in the PEERS Program as a mentor. I plan to attend graduate school where I will continue my studies on socioeconomic status’ effect on child well-being.