Being a first year college student hasn’t stopped Maren Lehman from accessing tools and resources to pursue her passion of educating people about the dangers and realities of eating disorders.
The philanthropic studies major arrived on campus ready to pursue her passion to help others. The Whitley County, Indiana native had already been involved with youth philanthropy “pods” that volunteer and distribute grants to local organizations.
Since high school, Lehman has known she wanted to major in philanthropy at IUPUI and she has jumped at the opportunity to be involved at the school in her first year.
She became involved with the school’s Philanthropy Ambassadors Club, an organization that fosters networking, service, and fundraising for philanthropic studies students.
Lehman has also taken steps to spread more awareness on campus about eating disorders, an issue that has affected her in the past and continues to do so today. “If I can help more girls or boys who have eating disorders, that would be great,” she said.
She conducted several studies about eating disorders at IUPUI with her nutrition professor in the fall.
“I sent out a couple of Google polls and had people fill them out and discuss their experience with eating disorders,” Lehman said. “Granted, the poll didn’t have a large sample size, but it was still shocking that almost half of the students who responded identified as currently having or having had an eating disorder.”
So, she decided to take action. (more…)