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Student Spotlight: Leo Mendoza

How did you become interested in Bioethics?

I became interested in bioethics in various ways, these are just a few highlights. First, as an undergraduate student I took courses in ethics and philosophy taught by Dr. Robert V. Doyle, an alum of the Bioethics Institute. So, my first interaction with bioethics took place through his courses and in conversations with him about bioethical and contemporary moral issues. Second, as a graduate theology student, I became intrigued with the incredible course offerings, public lectures and events offered by the Institute and of course the high quality of the Faculty of the program drew me in. Finally, my own interests in theology and bioethics naturally led me into this discipline. 

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After graduating I plan to continue working at LMU to provide administrative support to the Huffington Ecumenical Institute and Interfaith Programs. However, I do want to pursue a doctorate in theological ethics or moral theology at some point.  

What are some of your hobbies?

Some hobbies I enjoy are binge watching past seasons of Hell’s Kitchen, Madam Secretary, and How to Get Away with Murder. Additionally, I do enjoy going out to different places and cities in and around Southern California.  

What qualities do you value in another person and why?

I would say there are two main qualities I value in a person, these are adaptability and grit. Some might say these are the same but I don’t. I value adaptability because it demonstrates that the person is willing to commit to or seriously engage ideas, possibilities, and challenges. I value grit because it demonstrates that a person believes in themselves and is willing to make their highest hopes a reality. 

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