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Nia Sumpter Thomas

graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelors of Arts in African American Studies and a minor in Medical Humanities. As a student, I served on the Student Government Association as the Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences. Before graduation, I was offered the distinguished position of being an AmeriCorps VISTA working along side Saint Louis University's Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement and other faculty to develop and employ pragmatic solutions to increase equitable outcomes for SLU and the surrounding St. Louis community. I became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated during the Spring of 2017. I am a board member for the Charles Drew Committee through the American Red Cross. I am an avid volunteer with the Sickle Cell Association of St. Louis. I was selected for the Kristina Jordan Sickle Cell Scholarship and awarded the Top Student Abstract Award in Public Policy from the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. I alongside my committee members of Charles Drew Committee received the Spirit Award for our dedication to awareness for the need of diversity in blood donation in July 2018. I was selected to attend the Summer Anatomy Institute at Johns Hopkins and I was also chosen to attend the Focus on Your Future Summer Scholars Program with Illinois College of Optometry.