Alumnae Making a Difference in Their Communities

Three of our outstanding alumnae have shown their support of local communities by giving back, by using their creativity to bring art to life or volunteering with teens.
Award-winning artist and "25 Under 35" honoree Eileen Dorsey '01 finished painting murals at the new Barrio Tacos' Columbus location. Eileen honors Dr. Amy Acton for being “an important person to all of us during this time.” Read more from WSYX ABC 6 about this incredible alumna's work here.

Jenea Adams '15 (above photo, right) earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Dayton and is currently a Ph.D. Student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Genomics and Computational Biology. She is interested in building and applying computational tools relevant to cancer genomics research. Jenea is the founder of The Black Women in Computational Biology Network, a global online networking platform for Black women advancing biology through a computational lens. Over the summer, Jenea completed a month as a Graduate Assistant for the Penn Rising Senior Summer Academy where she worked closely with students in the Philadelphia area to prepare them for college and life after high school. "It was an intensive, challenging but rewarding experience that gave me a new perspective on teaching and mentorship, as well as solidified my commitment to creating opportunities such as these for students. It also helped me to realize just how much the digital divide in this multi-pandemic era is going to impact low-income, first-generation students whose families don’t have funds to basically afford them a private teacher for supplemental instruction in the event that online school is not enough. Root for these kids, support them, make way for them, create opportunities for them to continue to succeed and build skills for independent learning," shared Jenea.

Anne-Marie Crawmer '17 originally set out to start a project called "Lakewood Small," featuring 48 of Lakewood’s oldest and most cherished small businesses, which led to creating an art print to fuel appreciation toward Lakewood's local businesses. Click here to watch the interview. Purchase the print here.