Adaija Sheppard

Pitzer College
Class of 2025

Create equal access to quality healthcare for under resourced and special needs communities.

A leader of Global Girls Inc., a performing arts organization in Chicago, Adaija believes in the power of representation in theater, “I learned that the art of storytelling can unite people rather than divide them, an aspect I want to continue to implement in my community”. While theater is her first love, cultivating a compassionate, empathetic, and inclusive community is what drives her. From volunteering for the Pride Mentorship program to working part-time at After School Matters, Adaija wants to see young people leverage their unique strengths to become agents of change.

Growing up as a caregiver for her sister who is autistic exposed Adaija to the blind spots of the healthcare system and fuels her desire to reform it. Her goal is to provide free healthcare to under-resourced communities, who often feel overlooked.

Leadership:

  • Global Girls Inc., Performer and Activist
  • After School Matters, Apprentice
  • Pride Mentorship, Mentor