Elanna Abreu '18

Elanna Abreu

  • Major: Art Therapy
  • Hometown: New Milford, New Jersey

Budget Management Coordinator

On-Campus Involvement: I'm the current President for Emmanuel's premier all-female a cappella group For Good Measure. I work on campus for the Art Department as a Mac Lab Monitor and I'm a coordinator for S.T.A.R.T.

What does S.T.A.R.T. mean to you? S.T.A.R.T. means the opportunity to get people outside of their comfort zones. I know everyone wants to stay in their own safe space and avoid the varying extremities of our current time, but I feel to be aware and to be human is to feel, understand, and challenge the world around you. To me, S.T.A.R.T. is an operation that's going to test students' ability to think beyond themselves without compromising their integrity and acceptance of who they are as a unique person.

Why should students join the S.T.A.R.T. program, and what would they gain? Students should join S.T.A.R.T. because it's an environment that is open and informational with every interest in mind of letting students be heard and hear about social justice around them they might've missed out on. S.T.A.R.T. aspires to be able to get to students on a level that asks. “What can I do?” and “How can my voice matter?” We discuss so many topics that aren't well-known or misinformed, and we hope that with this knowledge students can gain enhanced perspective and insight on how to move more effectively and confidently when facing the injustices of the world.