Step Up Helps Cancer Survivors Lose Weight & Take Change of their Health

Written by Lauren Donnelly '20 and Kirsten Martin '20
We walked into a room full of 18 cancer survivors one August evening, unsure what to expect. We started the group by asking each of the women what had brought them to the program: a  free weight management group we had created to help women with obesity who had survived cancer to lose weight. As we listened to each of their stories, we started to appreciate the challenges these women had faced. They truly were survivors.

Easing the transition for transgender Vermonters

Written by Al York '19
When Al York first heard of the Schweitzer Fellowship as a student at University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, York quickly met with the director of the Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT), an LGBTQ community center, to discuss and design a project to meet the most pressing needs of the local transgender community. After several years spent advocating for transgender people as an undergraduate, York was excited about the prospect about serving the transgender community in a way that would help alleviate the daily struggles transgender people encounter.

Promoting Powerful Voices through the SPEAK Program

Written by Liam Donnelly '18 For the past three years, I have volunteered for SPEAK Inc., a Vermont non-profit organization dedicated to promoting powerful voices for traditionally underrepresented individuals, such as incarcerated women and juveniles. Founded by UVM alumna and Schweitzer Fellow for Life, Jessica Bullock, it began as student group at Vermont Law School in the fall of 2014 and continued as an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship project in 2015-2016. Since SPEAK’s inception, the student-run organization has grown into a non- profit organization that teaches debate and public speaking skills around the world.

Trapped Amongst the Tides: Increasing Access to the Ulysses Clause in Vermont

Written by Ryan Landvater '19 and Julia McGinty '19 The “Ulysses Clause,” the more colloquial term used for psychiatric advanced directives, is a surprisingly accurate description of the legislative document – just not in the way it was intended. Overtly, the allusion describes what the clause does and why it should be used, by referencing a story from the classic Greek text, the Odyssey. That said, there are subtler and more insidious implications drawn from an analogy between a Greek king, marooned at sea for a decade and leaving his family and life in a state of limbo, and our patients suffering from mental illness.