Natalie is a woman who continuously volunteers her time, talent and intelligence toward creating positive change for individuals who are deaf. A native of Louisiana, she began her college career attending Louisiana State University (LSU) in 2009. Currently, Natalie attends Gallaudet University as a Psychology Major.
While maintaining a position on the Dean's list at LSU, Natalie established a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club in which she was President. She volunteered her time through Volunteer LSU tutoring students at the Louisiana School for the Deaf. Natalie is now an Honors Student at Gallaudet University and continues her Dean's list status. She is involved in a variety of organizations and is the Commnity Developer for the Gallaudet Honors Program.
During the summer of 2012, Natalie completed a project assessing mental health services throughout the State of Louisiana and their level of accessibility for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. She surevyed individuals within the deaf and hard of hearing community to learn more about their personal experiences in these settings. The final results will be presented to the appropriate organizations in an effort to raise awareness and provide feedback on how the state can improve accommodations for mental health services.
Natalie also enjoys volunteering her time to Kidz Kamp in Louisiana. Children who are deaf or hard of hearing gather along with Children of Deaf Adults (CODAs) at Kidz Kamp to enjoy a variety of activities such as canoeing, fishing, swimming, zip lines and more. Natalie has supervised activities throughout the camp and helped with set-up and tear-down for their events.
Natalie has been described by her peers as a self-starter who loves a challenge. She has proven through her actions that she is not afraid of hard work. She is a role model and inspiration to many and is commended for her contributions that extend throughout and beyond the State of Louisiana.
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