Student Spotlight: Martha Amador

How did you become interested in Bioethics?

While working as an intern in my second year of graduate studies for social work at USC, I had the opportunity to gain experience as a clinical social worker in the medical-surgical department at Keck Hospital of USC. Since keck hospital attracts complex cases transferred from throughout many regions for various reasons such as for a higher level of quality care, I came across complex cases in multiple units such as cardiothoracic, neurology, and intensive critical care units. Serving patients and their families during such a critical time helped me develop an interest in bioethics, which ultimately led me to seek further understanding in this area. I also am interested in global bioethical issues that I have acquired through the lens of visiting developing countries through former international humanitarian mission trips.  


What is your favorite kind of food?

I love pizza; what can I say. You can never go wrong with pizza, and I am entirely content with a slice! I can probably tell you my favorite pizza places in different cities within Los Angeles. In which I visit quite often!  

What is your favorite destination and why?

In the summer of 2019, I had the opportunity to travel to Israel for a summer course called Trauma and Resilience: The Israeli experience at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I absolutely fell in love with Israel. I am a true sociologist at heart and was captivated with the culture, hospitality, the traditions, the history, the spirituality, the urbanism, and the amazing food. I engaged in the learning program about the country's trauma and resilience and preventing the pathological consequences of trauma. Additionally, the history and the holy sites such as the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and visiting the Gaza Strip border only bolstered my experience by giving me a richer understanding of the culture and life, which greatly impacted me. Other enjoyable experiences and places were walking through the Old City, as well as the Yehuda Market, also called the "Shuk." This Jerusalem marketplace had the most authentic, rich flavored amazing food and that I will never forget. Visiting the country of Israel was an enriching experience for me.   


What would someone be surprised to know about you?

What someone may be surprised to know about me is that I know some breakdance moves. When I was 15 years old, my brother, a renowned street dancer in the 1970s, taught me windmills, turtles, and freezes; all different breakdancing moves. It took a lot of practice and physical strength as a teenager, but it was something that I enjoyed. I have always loved expressive dancing that articulates creative expression, originality, emotional and physical expression. I feel honored to learn from my brother, who is no longer with us, but I am forever thankful for that time. 


Academic accomplishments

-University of La Verne, Bachelor of Science in Sociology 

-University of Southern California, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work (MSW)

-Worked with school law enforcement as a collaboration between police and social work in serving at risk youth and their families incorporating a trauma-informed lens and holistic approach

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LMU Bioethics Institute

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Los Angeles, CA 90045

Tel: 310-258-5417

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