Student Spotlight: Shanice Mcleish

Shanice Mcleish is a master's candidate in her first year at the LMU Bioethics Institute. 

Why did you first become interested in Bioethics ?

Originally from Jamaica, I migrated to Canada with my family, where I studied Biology and Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. It was there that I realized I wanted to pursue Bioethics and my passion has lead me to LMU.

What is something about your personality that has contributed to your interest in bioethics?

As a child I was always willing to help where I could, always curious about what someone else was doing and how I could do my part whether it was assisting my mom cooking in the kitchen or folding laundry. That spirit of selflessness has followed me until now. I donate periodically to organizations like 'Healing hugs'. which is  devoted to providing medical care to African children whose parents cannot afford healthcare due to the severity of their conditions. It is a dream of mine to be able to visit an African country and donate my time and effort to adding happiness to the lives of young people and their families in any way I can.  Being Jamaican, I hope to do the same for my own country one day. My experiences in life have shown me that we are all born into different circumstances, and personally, I feel that if it is possible to benefit the life of another human being I should do so. As such I hope to use my passions as well as my knowledge to do just that throughout my career as a bioethicist and in my personal life too. 

Do you have any particular areas of interest in bioethics?

I am passionate about all things social justice related, and hope to effect change throughout my career as a bioethicist. Although I do not know exactly what that looks like at this time, I am sure throughout my time at LMU I will be able to define my goals and achieve them. 

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After my studies at LMU I hope to pursue a career in clinical ethics, either here in the states or back in Canada. My final destination has not been set in stone, but I do hope to one day give back to my home, Jamaica, in a meaningful way as it relates to my life's work.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

During my down time I enjoy traveling, sports, spending time with loved ones and exploring new foods and places. I have always loved traveling, and based on my childhood of moving from one country to the next I have an interest in seeing the rest of the world. Having lived in three different countries throughout my lifetime certainly speaks to the nomadic soul I have, which is in part responsible for my moving to Los Angeles to attend LMU.