Graduate Student Cari Goss Selected for Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program Friday, May 2, 2014
Meet Cari Goss
Fellowship: Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows program
Employer: Outreach, Enrollment and Assessment Specialist, Healthy Start, Inc.
Currently pursuing: M.A./M.B.A.
Expected graduation: Fall 2015
Degree earned: B.S. in Communication, Clarion University, 2007
Hometown: Clearfield, Pa.
Now living in: Oakmont, Pa.
"I can't say enough about the caliber of students we have in the Schweitzer Fellows program. We invite graduate students in any field to apply to this highly competitive program. In their application, applicants describe a direct service project that they would like to implement in an underserved community. When the fellows graduate, they are a member of a very exclusive club called the Schweitzer Fellows for Life alumni network." - Joan Haley, executive director of the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program.
Tell us about your fellowship project.
The Schweitzer Fellows program is a year-long program and allows for fellows to design and implement a project that works to reduce health disparities in our community. For my project, I will be working with Duquesne University's School of Nursing Community-Based Health and Wellness Center for Older Adults. I will be helping low-income adults to connect to resources they need for health and wellness, like access to food, medicine, transportation and mental health services.
What factors made you choose to pursue your M.A./M.B.A. at Point Park?
There are very few schools that offer a concurrent program and I chose Point Park because it allows me to remain in Pittsburgh and have a great educational experience with connections to amazing professionals and organizations.
What has been your favorite graduate school experience so far?
My favorite experience so far has been the overall challenge to think more deeply about what I am learning and being able to learn from professors that have excelled in their careers.
Tell us about your career goals.
Since graduating from Clarion University, I have worked for non-profit organizations which work to reduce health disparities. I plan to continue in this field, but aim to be a working in development, and eventually lead a development department, to ensure an organization is well-funded and in good standing with the community and the population they serve.