Karli Lovelace is a sophomore Business Administration major at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa. Ms. Lovelace is a firm believer in the merits of responsibility, as evidenced by her participation in various leadership roles such as serving as president of the President's Leadership Council, where she works to see every campus event and project come to completion all while promoting scholarship and service in the community, along with serving as the Business Club's vice president, team captain of the SHS basketball team, and involvement on the student senate, BCM Leadership Team, and more. Her inclination toward positions of responsibility is given an even more exemplary weight when combined with her regard for empathy and compassion. After the tragic loss of her best friend to depression, Ms. Lovelace has taken initiative and charged determined steps forward in spreading awareness and education on the subject of mental illness via her social impact Initiative "Let's Talk," where she also provides encouragement and advocates hope to those who are struggling by offering her presence and support at a multitude of places including nursing homes, schools, and organizations, on top of her participation with organizations dedicated to suicide prevention.
On January 11, 2018 my life was changed forever. One of my closest childhood friends, Devyn, committed suicide. The news of this tragedy completely shattered my heart and from that moment on I decided no one else should ever have to experience this kind of pain. That is why I started my social impact initiative, “Let’s Talk, in hopes to break the stigma surrounding the conversation of mental health and suicide. I volunteer in my local community at elementary schools, nursing homes, and local clubs and organizations where I am able to share my story, educate them on the signs and symptoms, and encourage other people to spread hope by helping other people every day. I am also involved with organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide prevention where I help advocate with policy makers for this national public health crisis. On top of that, I am heavily invested on campus with local philanthropic events through a club that I am currently president of named Civitan’s Club. Our mission is to get college students to engage and donate their time to help make a difference in the community.