I worked at UPMC Presbyterian and Montefiore hospital, I realized that I wanted to help in a different capacity so a transition to social services and mental health. I've worked in K-12, education, project management, affordable housing, and the local government in psychiatric hospital settings, outpatient settings, community mental health, I also teach multicultural counseling here. And so I think all of those experiences all of those skills has really allowed me to find my sweet spot. And that's how I believe that I'm in it.
I believe the wellness pavilion is unique because it really offers consistent wellness services free of charge, it will be student led, it really creates an opportunity for the youth upon what to get engaged into obtain more information and knowledge about health care related services. Wellness, to me is when you're looking good and feeling good. You're attending to your physical health, your emotional health, your mental health, and have really great relationships with the people who you want to have great relationships with, right, you feel love and accept it and feel like you're a part of something that's really meaningful and bigger than you.
My hope is that the residents of Homewood and surrounding communities come into our space and feel welcome, feel empowered to make decisions related to their health care related to their wellness. My hope is that community members will come in and feel heard. I hope that the students will gain a new perspective on culture. There are many aspects and dimensions of culture, such as religion, such as just the style of dress, childbearing and so on want the students to be able to learn more about culture. I believe it will be a space where students will learn more about their own biases, right and be able to practice culture humility, and that is acknowledging that you don't know what you don't know but you are seeking to understand and I believe those experiences will extend beyond the classroom beyond Pitt. I'm really excited for the students to step outside of what they're familiar with and really challenge themselves and push themselves and be comfortable with being uncomfortable because that's where growth happens. I'm just really excited to just be able to meet a need, fill a gap in the community.