Taylor Ryan is a senior in Communications in the Bachelor of Arts program going for a Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation certificate at the University of Louisville. Through this program she has been allowed to become a certified mediator as well as receive her conflict analysis certificate. Along with the academic backing she has been heavily involved on campus and within the community. 1798856_10202068077162405_1829376075_n

Ryan came into the fall semester of 2013 as a transfer student from Mississippi State University after have taking two years off.  She was determined to dive in with full force!  Ryan became the Recruitment Chair for Empowering Ladies Together and the Public Relations Chair for the Association of Black Students, which is the largest African American organization on campus. Since the fall 2013 Ryan moved up in the ranks in both groups to vice president.

1920082_10202105754024303_1160283739_nAside from ELT and ABS Ryan was a council member of the African American Programming Fund her junior year. On this council of 9 students they were able to discuss and distribute funds for events directly correlated with the university’s Cultural Center to organizations in need.  As VP of Empowering Ladies Together they won the Shantytown Shack It Up Competition.  This event was put on by our Student Activities award to increase awareness regarding homelessness in the United States.  In February 2014 Empowering Ladies Together held the university’s first ever college lock-in in the Cultural Center.  They also won African American Organization of the Year (this included NPHC Organizations as well) in February at the ABS First Annual Black Image Awards; which as ABS Vice President Ryan helped plan, coordinate and market to the university.1231493_10201050441482149_599746336_n

Besides her involvement with ELT, ABS and the AAPF council Ryan has also attended leadership seminars, Compassionate Louisville committee meetings, Sigma Chi’s Leadership Conference as well as student government meetings. Ryan attended the Kentucky Women’s Leadership Conference here at U of L in July 2014! She also attended a service learning trip on Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Native Reservation over spring break in cahoots with her Native American & Community Engagement class.

10170896_10202515819875693_5283749680552980729_n Over the summer of 2014 Ryan volunteered for a week to counsel CARNEGIE HALL, a stem-related camp for burgeoning population high school students. During that week she met Dr. Shelvy Campbell who extended her blessing and invited Ryan to a conference the First Annual Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion in Ironton, OH.  By networking Ryan was able to land an externship with Dr. Shelvy Campbell at Marshall University’s Project PREMED program. Ryan has learned a lot in the last few months and she cannot wait to branch out and apply her knowledge to her future.10273880_10202623604170233_9146622558776574089_n

Currently Ryan is now the president of ELT, an LRG Lifted U, Lyft, Craft Vapery and bobble campus ambassador as well as a marketing intern for Respect. Magazing. Ryan also works as a Federal Work-Study student in Academic Services of the Chemistry Department.

10469709_10202890767089139_2649252450773497785_nAfter receiving her BA in Communications and PEACE Certificate in May Ryan intends to enroll at Murray State University in their MS Organizational Communications program via the Provost Minority Graduate Scholars. Upon attaining her masters Ryan will work to exhaust her college loans by joining Teach for America or the Peace Corps. She plans to be a Public Relations Executive and her motto is “Don’t talk about it, be about it”