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Naomi Engelhard: The Journey That Never Ends

Naomi Engelhard is a very bold person now and that is all thanks to Eastern Christian.

“Coming into high school, I learned to accept and celebrate my differences and surrounded myself with people who do the same,” Naomi shared, "For example, I stopped trying to fit in with the crowd by straightening my hair.”

Coming into high school, I learned to accept and celebrate my differences and surrounded myself with people who do the same

Naomi will be majoring in psychology, and she chose this major because she wants to council adopted children, especially the ones in mixed race families. This is something that Naomi is not only passionate about but has experienced first-hand.

Over these past 4 years at EC this is what Naomi has learned: “I learned that I needed to put myself first. Above the grades, above the games, and even above relationships. I have grown more solid in my beliefs and I have no problem educating people on what those beliefs are.

Last year I did a music installation on maternal health disparities specifically in black mothers. I went in depth about how “black women stereotypes/prejudices” play a huge role in these disparities. To name a few, black women are perceived as loud, uppity, and difficult. The installation included a painting (by me) of a baby girl pointing up to the heavens, where her mom was (depicted as an angel). I used the story of Shalon Irving, a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, with a dual doctorate in sociology and gerontology. She was also an author, a chef, photographer, and loved travel. As I said in my presentation about her, those are a lot of titles but none of them reflect the injustice done to her. She was not poor, she wasn’t on drugs, she had a government paycheck. Just a few days after giving birth, doctors ignored and failed to listen to her complaints about how she was feeling, but she knew something wasn’t right. At age 36, Shalon died from complications of high blood pressure. All this to say that even in health care it’s sad to see how, like in society, our pain is ignored and underrated.”


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