La Salle student honored for dedication to social justice

La Salle student honored for dedication to social justice

Hannah Brough, a junior
communication sciences and
disorders major, has been awarded
the 2017 Newman Civic Fellowship
for community and social justice
commitment. Brough was nominated
by President Hanycz because of her
involvement on La Salle’s campus
and in a variety of school service
and social justice programs and her
potential to enact social change.
The Newman Civic Fellowship
is one of the highest social justice
awards in the country, and past La
Salle recipients have included Molly
Mahon, who graduated in 2016, and
Kevin Gomez. Only 300 are awarded
across the country every year.
“Hannah actively encourages
members of the La Salle community
to become aware and involved in
issues of social and economic justice,
both locally and globally,” Hanycz
said of Brough.
As part of the fellowship, Brough
will go to a conference in Boston
this November to learn how she can
continue to create change on campus
and in the community, bringing social
justice issues to the forefront. She
will also be connected with past and
current fellows who can help provide
each other with resources for change.
“It will help me be connected with
resources and people who can help
me better serve the community,”
Brough said.
On campus, Brough is a coordinator
for Pheed Philly, which deals
with the lack of food access in the
communities surrounding La Salle.
As a freshman, she participated in the
L.I.V.E immersion program to Kenya
where she was first confronted with
extreme “conditions of injustice,” she
said.
“I don’t think you can see those
things without becoming passionate
about them,” she said, adding that
the trip was not “slum tourism”—in
other words a program that exploits
and pities poor and underprivileged
communities—but rather opened her
eyes and educated her about the lack
of access to fundamental resources in
many parts of the world.
Brough then attended the L.I.V.E
trip to Honduras as a sophomore
and coordinated the trip this year.
She explained that all of these
experiences have fueled her passion
for understanding and remedying the
cycle of poverty, particularly how it
affects women, as well as the lack of
equal access to resources such as food
and health care.
Next semester, Brough will be
working with Sean Hutchinson,
service coordinator for UMAS, to
help create a uniformed education
program for L.I.V.E trips so that all
trips have access to education before
being immersed.
Brough is also in the 5-year
communication sciences and disorders
Master’s program. As a Spanish
minor, she’s interested in bilingual
speech and the levels of care available
for people who are bilingual.
She is also involved with Trades of
Hope, an organization that partners
with female artisans around the globe
to sell their jewelry and crafts, helping
them lift themselves out of poverty
through opportunity and access to fair
trade.
“Understanding our social
responsibility as college students is
really important,” Brough said, adding
that she hopes to increase La Salle’s
awareness of such issues through the
resources provided by the fellowship.