Lauryn Jones was inspired to pursue her master’s degree by her grandmother, whom she describes as “a beautiful, vibrant, exceptional woman who happens to battle schizophrenia every day of her life.”
She says, “My grandmother’s daily fight and unfavorable history with medical treatment have inspired me to use my gifts to enact meaningful change within the mental health field.”
Lauryn will begin her studies for a master’s degree in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University in New York City this fall. In the field of Narrative Medicine, doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and others deepen their clinical and collaborative skills using insights gained from the study of humanities and creative arts.
A performance artist, Lauryn intends to build on her gifts and use creative expression and mental healthcare advocacy to foster favorable treatment for communities of color. She says, “I will be the youngest person in my family to obtain a master’s degree and the first to attend an Ivy League institution.”
Lauryn says, “I am eternally grateful for the kindness, compassion and generosity of those who donated and made this scholarship possible. This scholarship is entitled the “WomenLead” scholarship. To me, this communicates that the recipient must have direction, vision, and a strong sense of self. My community and life experiences have equipped me with the aforementioned qualities, and I believe it is because it is my destiny to lead.”
The Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship recognizes the need for diverse leadership in ministry, nonprofits and civic organizations and seeks to accelerate the extraordinary leadership of diverse women of faith to lead change by using their talents to educate, advocate and activate.
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