San Francisco State University
Recipient, William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement
Laura Millar grew up in East Africa where she gained first-hand knowledge and experience of the cultures there. While most of these experiences were positive, she has lasting memories of how some disabled individuals were treated as social outcasts and many were considered possessed by evil spirits. She left East Africa and returned to the United States to attend college. Laura was halfway through her studies when she was diagnosed with a genetic eye condition that caused her to become legally blind. Determined to continue her education, Laura sought assistance and used adaptive technology to complete her undergraduate degree in health education. She also successfully finished her first year of a master’s program in public health from San Francisco State University while juggling the challenge of being a new mother. Laura aspires to work with ethnically diverse cultures to improve health and living conditions in ways that are sensitive and respectful to local cultures.