Similarly, Alvarado-Rodriguez says service is a significant part of her life and is important as a physical therapy student.
“I come from an underrepresented community,” Alvarado-Rodriguez said. “I identify as Hispanic, and growing up, whether that was through the church or programs in my local community, I was able to benefit from community service programs. When there were no programs intended to help us out, I really saw the impact that it had on me and the other people within my community.”
Sarah Fishel, associate director of physical therapy, says these types of service activities give students a chance to give back and build a sense of community within the department. It also fulfills the college’s strategic plan goals of developing community partnerships and being a private college serving a public good.
“As physical therapists, contributing to projects that strengthen the community is an important part of our professional identity,” Fishel said. “By helping the Children’s Garden with this small project, we can contribute to their mission to improve access to outdoor play spaces for children across the region.”