SheCAN! Member Spotlight: Jennifer Loft

Meet Jennifer Loft, our SheCAN! Featured Member of the month!

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Where are you from? I was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y.

Where do you work and what you do? I am in the higher education field and I currently work at a local college as a program coordinator in the academic affairs division. I manage the day-to-day activities for a NYS grant that the college received. I have a BA in Psychology and MA in Global Gender Studies. I will most likely be going back to finish my PhD in Global Gender Studies - all that is left is the dissertation! My academic and professional interests include public health, college health promotions, women's sexual and reproductive health, sexual violence against women, and trauma and healing. I am very passionate about working in higher education, and my ambitious career goals include instructing undergraduate courses, mentoring students, and bridging the work of academic and student affairs. I would like to play a role in making college campuses healthier places for students to thrive!

What do you like to do in your spare time? Listening to live music and reading are my two favorite hobbies. I also teach Zumba fitness classes on the side at a local gym.

Where is your favorite place to go in Buffalo? The waterfront (Canalside, Erie Basin Marina) and a few local parks (Stiglmeier/Losson Park, Burchfield Park, Reinstein Woods) are my favorite spots in Buffalo.

Who is a woman you look up to? I look up to my graduate advisor from the University at Buffalo. She has dedicated herself to her career, students, family, and community and I have learned so much from her since we met in 2010. She is the professional I aspire to be, and she is probably the most caring and humble woman I know. I also admire Jennifer Lopez - she is such a boss lady!

Why did you join SheCAN!? I joined SheCAN! in order to develop personally and professionally, while feeding off the energy of this amazing group of women. As a young professional working to advance in my career, I was excited to become a part of this network of professionals from diverse fields and varying years of experience.

What do you love about SheCAN!? I love that SheCAN! feels like an extended family and provides an opportunity to meet women I would not normally interact with in my daily life. The camaraderie is inspiring, motivating, and empowering.

How has SheCAN! helped you in your personal and professional life? SheCAN! has helped me to recognize that I need to slow down a bit in order to take care of myself. It has also encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone and try new things.

Thank you for being a valued member of our community, Jennifer. We love having you as a part of our family and we are happy to be a part of your journey toward your personal and professional best!

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