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Student Spotlight: Aliza Grossman

Aliza Grossman is in her final year of the Master of Arts in Bioethics program and will graduate in May. She earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School in May of 2016. 

Why did you choose LMU’s Bioethics graduate program?

Choosing LMU was very simple. I was in the middle of my first year at Loyola Law School when a family friend told me about the LMU Bioethics Institute so I did some research and went to one of the talks held on campus. I remember leaving the talk, having met Dr. Dell’Oro and someone who would soon become my classmate, and as I drove home I called my mom and told her I had finally found my people. Everyone I spoke with understood and appreciated the intersectionality of the field and the people within it.

What do you like best about the program?

The clinical ethics practical was by far my favorite part of the program. I had never considered clinical ethics and went into that summer [course] assuming I wouldn’t like being in the ICU or a hospital setting, but I was completely wrong. Not only did it open up my eyes to potential opportunities in the field, it gave me a firsthand experience of what a clinical bioethicist does.

Have you developed a special interest in the field?

I would say I’ve maintained my special interest since beginning in the program. I’ve always been interested in reproductive rights and justice, particularly when it overlaps with technological development and legal regulation. I continued to explore different facets of this intersection through my time at LMU and am grateful for the freedom to have done so.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

Great question! I’m still figuring out whether I will be a lawyer who practices with a bioethical perspective or whether I’ll be a bioethicist who practices with a legal bent.

How do you think your Bioethics studies will inform your work?

Regardless of the profession I ultimately end up in, intersectionality will no doubt be at the crux of my work. Bioethics, being an interdisciplinary field, has helped me further appreciate the differing perspectives and voices that echo on a range of sensitive, but incredibly important, topics. Being able to listen and respectfully incorporate all of them into a workable solution will be a skill useful in any job in the future.

 

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