Moriah Cooper is a senior double majoring in Exercise Science: Kinesiology and Cultural and Global Studies with her eyes set on a Master of Public Health graduate degree from CMU.
But she's not waiting until then to make an impact in her community.
Moriah is researching awareness and advocacy of midwifery services in her hometown of Detroit. Working alongside faculty mentor René Shingles, chair of rehabilitation and medical sciences in The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, Moriah has a goal of breaking down the barriers to those services in communities with a high minority population.
"African-American women are facing a crisis of outrageously high maternal and infant mortality rates compared to other ethnicities," Moriah said. "I was inspired to change that status quo by dedicating my research as a tool to solve this issue. I want my research to impact all women planning a pregnancy or preparing for a delivery to consider delivering with a midwife."
She hopes to publish her findings and begin reaching out to communities where she can help.
Moriah's research into midwifery is just one of many examples of her involvement in opportunities through CMU.
The senior is Theta Theta chapter president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., participated in Alternative Breaks and attended a Global Brigade.
"I know that every opportunity I have had at CMU has taught me to be unafraid and confident that I can do anything I set my mind to, no matter how intimidating things may seem," Moriah said. "My experience at CMU has truly changed my life. I have had some of the most amazing opportunities here within the past four years."