Undergraduate ceremony student speaker

Brittany Hawley
B.A. degree candidate, Psychology and Sociology

In Brittany Hawley’s four years at Cardinal Stritch University, she has completed eight internships, attended six conferences, developed three social justice campaigns, conducted research with two prominent psychologists and provided counseling services to countless individuals in crisis situations.

And yet, she can sum up her undergraduate experience in two words: Opportunity. Support.

“Stritch really empowers students,” said Hawley. “We’re encouraged to develop ideas on how to change things for the better, and then we receive the support to actually make those changes.”

Hawley has created several opportunities to advance her knowledge and passion for mental health awareness and social justice issues. She has been featured in Milwaukee Magazine, received national recognition as a Newman Civic Fellow and was invited to attend the Millennium Campus Conference in Washington, D.C.

At Stritch, Hawley has been a Franciscan Servant Scholar, two-time recipient of the Multicultural Image Award and founder of Stritch Against Human Trafficking. She raised awareness about mental health at Stritch and in the greater community through her social media campaigns, “It’s Time to Talk about Mental Illness Because” and “I Hear You: A Message to the Ones Who Struggle with Suicide.” Her most recent campaign encouraged people to recognize how they empower themselves and others.

Hawley plans to attend graduate school on the west coast and earn her doctorate in clinical psychology, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. She holds certifications in QPR Gateskeeper Instruction, Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk and Youth Mental Health First Aid.

“Don’t let anyone, including yourself, say that you can’t do something,” said Hawley. “It might require a lot of time and effort, but if you care about it, do it.”