Reilly Kuhn, a third year student at Loras College, is a student leader active in addressing issues of equity and inclusion as it relates to persons with disabilities as well as a leader addressing issues of equity, sustainability and inclusion as it relates to health. Reilly is a leader in the Student Athletes Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has chosen service experiences in which she hopes to learn more about individuals with developmental disabilities. This year SAAC has partnered with the Dubuque Packers, a local Special Olympics team which has help students on campus become more involved in their community and bring about positive social change. More globally, she has brought service to the forefront of the student athlete experience at Loras College. With her future career as a medical doctor, Reilly also currently working to understand and build social environment that is positive, sustainable and healthy for all. In this aim she hopes to take the lead on bringing a program known as Exercise as Medicine to campus which promotes long-term and sustainable health and well-being. Across her experience as a student, athlete and service member, Reilly strives to create a more positive, just, healthy, and inclusive social environment.
During my time at Loras College, I have been interested and involved in creating positive social change on the Loras campus and in the greater Dubuque community. I have done so in many ways, including creating a new and sustainable partnership with the Dubuque Packers - a Special Olympics (SO) team. This partnership was introduced to the campus in 2016 and has grown by the assistance of students and faculty and with the help of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). SAAC helps improve the student-athletic experience, address timely topics and brings forth interests. The SO partnership has allowed students on campus to become more involved in their community and bring about positive social change. In addition to initiating the SO partnership, I have been actively planning and implementing an American College of Sports Medicine program known as "Exercise is Medicine", which encourages students, faculty, and staff to be physically active, create wellness, and prevent chronic diseases. An active campus creates a healthy community, which was my intention in bringing this program to Loras. Along with continuing my studies in Biology Research, I enjoy contributing to the greater Dubuque area - creating a social environment that is positive, sustainable and healthy for all.