People of ENCompass: Chantal Ross

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What’s your major and year?

I’m a senior majoring in Public Health with a sociology specialization.

What is a public health issue that you are passionate about?

I’m interested in racial health disparities, sexual/reproductive health and women’s health. Once you get me talking about one of these topics, it’s hard for me to stop.

In what way has ENCompass impacted you?

ENCompass has provided me with insight on the public health issues that individuals in the Columbus community face. It was one of my first exposures to how the social determinants of health – where individual lives, how much money they make etc. - can affect one’s health outside of the classroom. My experience with ENCompass has been very valuable and I’m glad I got to have this experience throughout my college career.

Are you involved in any other organizations? If so, what are they?

I currently serve as a mentor for first-year women of color on campus through an organization called Ladies of Leadership. I’m also an HIV/STI testing counselor and a Sexual Civility and Empowerment Ambassador, facilitating programs on sexual violence prevention.

What are your future plans?

After graduation, I plan on attending nursing school to become a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Midwife, focusing on diverse, low-socioeconomic neighborhoods.

What’s your favorite quote?

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde

Interesting fact about you?

I blank every time someone asks me “what’s an interesting fact about you” :(