Not too many students can say they’ve held a security pass to the United Nations to observe groundbreaking advances in the area of elder rights.
That was the case, however, in summer 2012 for Victoria “Tori” Daugherty, a member of the Honors Program at the University of Southern Indiana and of Sigma Phi Omega. Daugherty, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, completed an internship as a research associate with Global Action on Aging, a nongovernmental organization in New York City with special Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Consultant Status with the United Nations.
A 2013 graduate of USI's occupational therapy and Spanish programs, Daugherty is currently working towards her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at USI. While she has a background in Spanish, Daugherty says that when she becomes an occupational therapist, she is mainly interested in working with elders with neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and stroke.
As an undergraduate, Daugherty was a member of STELLAR (Students and Elderly Linking Around Relationships), a student organization which strives to develop positive relationships among students and elders within the community. She served as president of the group, which regularly visits nursing home residents and older adults at the Evansville State Hospital. She was recognized as USI's Student Organization President of the Year at the 2013 Leadership Awards and Recognition Ceremony.
She has also volunteered for the Evansville Blind Association, Healthy Habits, and Turnstone, an outpatient clinic in Fort Wayne for children and adults with special needs.
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