Emily Taylor is a Psychology major and Neuroscience minor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. At Holy Cross, Emily is an intern for the Donelan Office of Community-Based learning, where she is able to engage with several community partners and volunteer with local schools such as Worcester East and Woodland Academy. As a member of the College Honors Program, she is planning to write her thesis on opioid use disorders. Emily is passionate about increasing accessibility and equity in education, healthcare, and human services, and she is currently planning to specialize as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. She is from Hopkinton, MA, where she currently lives with her parents, her older brother, and their black lab.
Why did you get involved with the National Museum of Mental Health Project?
Museums are a safe and voluntary space for learning; visitors can explore and engage with material in their own way and at their own pace. I got involved with NMMHP because there are relatively few exhibits dedicated to mental illness and mental wellness, and this organization seeks to change that. Exhibits meaningfully and powerfully combat stigma by sharing research and personal narratives, and I chose to intern with NMMHP so that I could help broaden access to these formative, educational spaces.