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Samantha Loo

Senior Associate Director | Center for Health and the Social Sciences at The University of Chicago

"I hope to improve access to comprehensive sexual health education for all Chicago youth to help prevent sexual violence and unintended pregnancies. I intend to advance this work by volunteering with the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center's Policy & Government Affairs Council and urging local elected officials to create youth-centered policies."


Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University, '08

Fun fact: I love musicals, and I wish it was socially acceptable to break out into song and dance at any given moment in real life.

Samantha Loo leverages her leadership, project management, networking, and capacity-building skills to promote health equity and inclusion as Senior Associate Director at The University of Chicago’s Center for Health and the Social Sciences. Additionally, she teaches Ethical Leadership in Public Service with a focus on inclusion and cultural awareness at DePaul University, where she obtained her Master’s in Leadership and Public Policy with distinction.

Samantha recently joined the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center’s Policy & Government Affairs Council to assist in developing and promoting policies that aim to prevent child sexual abuse, such as equitable access to comprehensive sexual health education. She was a 2018 Fellow with the Chicago New Leaders Council and has volunteered for multiple organizations that promote sexual health, women’s rights, and women and youth empowerment.

In 2017, she earned a certificate in Project Management Strategy from The University of Chicago’s Graham School and a certificate from the Executive Program for Emerging Leaders from the Booth School of Business.

Samantha is very grateful for the support she’s received from her mentors and believes in paying it forward by mentoring other young women of color.