Chelsea Hayes

Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Major: A junior studying public health promotion and public relations in the College of Liberal Arts.

Chelsea is inspired by: Thiwasha Harper, project manager on the global diabetes platform team for Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis.

An epitome to emulate: “Thiwasha Harper is one of the strongest women that I have ever met,” Chelsea says. “She has taught me humility, loyalty, love, how to sacrifice, independence, and most importantly, the importance of giving back. Her involvement with Delta Sigma Theta is how I met her. As I was initiated, she served on this public service sorority’s advisory council. The sorority and her example have significantly enhanced my collegiate experience.”

And Chelsea adds: “Thiwasha Harper is the epitome of what a Purdue woman should be. She frequently graces campus, and she always sets a high example for other young women currently at Purdue.”

Inspired by Thiwasha to serve: “In all that I do in my academic and extracurricular activities and career work, I want to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,” says Chelsea. “On campus, I am a College of Liberal Arts student ambassador and vice president of D.R.I.V.E.N. — the Diversity and Retention Initiatives through Volunteering, Education, and Networking organization. We foster retention and recruitment diversity initiatives for the college and the university.”

Chelsea’s advice to fellow and future Purdue students: “Initiative is the key. When you take initiative in life, everyone notices: peers, professors and employers. Also, learn to manage your time wisely and attend all classes.”

As a future inspirational Purdue woman: “When I leave Purdue, I hope I leave a legacy of love, a thirst for diversity enrichment programs, and a platform for other Greek leaders to excel.”

By Grant Flora