Hometown: Pleasant Hill, Oregon

High School: Pleasant Hill High School

Major: Psychology

In high school, Candace co-organized Operation: IMPACT, a campaign to combat poverty in rural Oregon. With the help of a student team, Candace and her teacher created the IMPACT Festival, a community-wide event offering resources and outlets for students to join the fight against poverty. She volunteers with the HIV Alliance and is a camp counselor for the Eugene Police Department’s Safety Town program.

What is the UO doing well?  ​The UO brings together a community of scholars dedicated to changing the world around them.

What are some things you’ve been doing outside of the classroom since you’ve been at UO?  The summer of my freshman year, I had the opportunity to intern at Robin Hood Foundation, New York's largest poverty fighting organization. I worked with their Survival Team, helping to impact chronic homelessness.

Describe a mentor or professor that has positively impacted your experience at UO. I am beyond grateful for the guidance of Professor Mike Peixoto. As an Honors College professor, he has pushed me to become a better writer, engaging my critical thinking skills.​

Describe a favorite class that you have taken at UO. One of my favorite classes I have taken at the UO is Income Inequality with Professor Laura Leete of the PPPM department. Through the class, I was able to investigate a topic that I am passionate about, learning about the causes behind the inequalities I see in my own community. ​

Are you doing any undergraduate research/a thesis yet? ​Yes, I am defending my thesis in May.​ My research focuses on the relationship between low socioeconomic status and aggression. This topic is of particular interest to me since I am passionate about researching the impacts of poverty on health and related behaviors. I hope my research will contribute to the aggression literature, helping the larger community understand the impacts of socioeconomic status. ​


What are you hoping to do with your major, both while you work toward graduation and after? As a psychology major, I hope to use my research and writing abilities to further a career in global mental health. I am interested ​in working with communities around the world to develop grassroots solutions to local health problems. In addition, there is so much we can learn about mental health from communities outside of the United States.