“In my opinion, educating the younger generation is one of the most integral parts to initiating long-term change in a society,” says Elleman. “The open-mindedness of children may allow them to embrace new ideas and to look past biases forged by generations before them.”
“Studying in the post-conflict environment of Belfast helped me to understand the underpinnings of violence and how division does not necessarily resolve with an end to warfare,” says Elleman. “For agreement to take place between differing parties, it is necessary for one to recognize and legitimize the identity of the other, making identity a complex issue.”
Elleman, who is also president of UC AmeriCats, a veterans and military support group says her time in Belfast also gave her a better understanding of the needs of veterans, military personnel and civilians who have experienced the effects of violence.
Elleman has also served as an ambassador and mentor for the Medical Sciences Program and is a former research assistant at Cincinnati Children’s working in the Head Injury Research Center on several patient outcome improvement studies.
She is part of the University Honors Program, a member of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and a Cincinnatus scholar. Outside of her studies, Elleman is also a flutist in in the UC Symphony Orchestra.