Student Spotlight: Cara Crew

How did you become interested in Bioethics?
Bioethics entered my purview through direct experience with close family and friends who were facing tough medical decisions such as; cancer treatments, neurotrauma, neurological diseases, abortion, IVF, and other end-of-life questions. Through research, I realized that bioethics went further than merely studying how these situations might converge with rising technological advancements. Bioethicists were also philosophers who aim to provide guidance to persons grappling with ethical conduct. This mission ignited my exploration and decision to join LMU’s Bioethics Institute and community. During my tenure in the program, I have gravitated to bioethical issues surrounding mental health and addiction, and the subsequent medical and ethical treatment of individuals within these populations.

What is something about your personality that has contributed to your interest in bioethics?
I am motivated by the pursuit of solving injustices and giving back to those why cannot fight for themselves. By being both passionate and compassionate, I harness empathy and strength of will.

What are some of your hobbies?

Working out. I run and love to Peloton 😊

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
My grandfather was a pastor in Omaha, NE, and worked with Malcolm X teaching the ethics of race relations to the police. He was an early civil rights activist and advocate with the aim to dispel and eliminate racial disparities, discrimination, and prejudicial treatment.