Nikki is studying psychology and statistics at Grinnell College. She will be helping out with research, social media, and blogging.

Meet Cultures of Dignity’s newest intern!

Cultures of Dignity: Tell us a little about yourself!

Nikki: I was born in the Chicago suburbs, but I grew up in Longmont, Colorado. I’m a rising sophomore at Grinnell College studying psychology and statistics. I hope to pursue research on mental well-being, social and emotional learning, and neurocognitive development. In my spare time, I enjoy kayaking, swimming, and exploring colorful Colorado.

Cultures of Dignity: Why are you working with Cultures of Dignity this summer?

Nikki: I am working with Cultures of Dignity because I was fortunate enough to have a strong support system when I was navigating the trials and tribulations of young adulthood, so I feel it is my duty to give back to the current young adults and help to enhance their formative years as much as I can.

Cultures of Dignity: If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Nikki: As a psychology major, I seek to understand how and why people think, so if I could read minds, my job as a psychologist would be quite a bit easier!

Cultures of Dignity: What projects will you be working on with CoD?

Nikki: I will be examining the well-being of youth in schools through a research project in the realm of social psychology, in addition to helping with social media analytics and blogging.

Cultures of Dignity: What is an issue you see in schools you want to fix?

Nikki: Young adults are often quick to judge their peers and label them (as either nerdy, weird, cool, etc.) I have seen the damaging power of these labels on the mental health of young adults and I would like to see a change in the way youth behavior is evaluated and stigmatized by other youth.   


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