Delaney Mortimore Incorporates Impact into Action

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Delaney Mortimore, a senior majoring in human services within the College of Health and Human Sciences, works hard to incorporate the Steps to Leaps pillar of Impact into her actions by focusing all her energy on social work, case management, societal issues and community activism.

In high school, Delaney was interested in psychology and activism, which led her to Purdue with the goal of pursuing a degree in psychology. It wasn't until she began her classes that she realized that she was interested in having a more hands-on approach to impacting her community and addressing mental health issues on a larger scale. It was this realization that led her to her calling in human services. After graduating this spring, Delaney plans to attend graduate school to become licensed in clinical social work in public administration. When asked what her plans are after her academic career is complete, Delaney says she hopes to work as a non-profit manager for an organization committed to community outreach.  

"My sense of Impact has been developed by empowering folks to become civically engaged, educate themselves and use their voice,” Delaney says.  

There is no such thing as free time for Delaney. This busy senior is a full-time volunteer at the YWCA in Lafayette outside of the classroom. By volunteering with programs such as the Dress for Success Boutique and STRIVE, Delaney helps provide access to interview clothes for new jobs and educational tools for victims of domestic violence to compete for and retain employment. She says she feels her most significant impact is when she coordinates service events and creates educational spaces so that others can better themselves. Delaney has also contributed to coordinating Boilers in Action (BIA) events, including Make a Difference Day, MLK Day of Service and Spring Blast.

When asked about how the pandemic has impacted Delaney, she mentioned it had thrown her passions some curveballs when working in the community and civic engagement but has taught her the power of adapting to an ever-changing world. 

"These changes have forced us, students, to think outside of the box and find new ways to connect,” Delaney says. “It tested us daily. This time during the pandemic has shown me that you can overcome anything and still have an impact with a strong community and team.

"My advice to fellow students who want to create an impact is to invest your time and energy into discovering what you truly love to do,” Delaney continues. “Attend a million club callouts, shadow professionals, and have meaningful conversations with people until you find the cause or field that you could talk about forever. Making an impact often takes a lot of work, so find something that you'd be excited to wake up at 5 a.m. to do!"

If you want to add Delaney to your network, connect with Delaney on LinkedIn.