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Ellidia Guan

Class of: 2013
Hometown: Lexington, KY
School: Arts and Science
Major(s): Healthcare Administration
Minors(s): Medicine, Health & Society

Ellidia's passion for music juxtaposed to her interest in the medical field was fundamental in shaping her experience in community service.  Ellidia founded a group called the Revé String Quartet, a musical ensemble that traveled around the state performing classical repertoire for residents of hospitals and veteran’s homes whom did not have the privilege of attending professional concerts. The quartet was a regular among elementary schools, where the musicians would tutor young students and help schools begin their own orchestras.

Ellidia has continued her service in music in Nashville by teaching private violin lessons at the W.O. Smith School of Music for the past three years.  She has also pursued her interest in medicine by founding Vanderbilt’s collegiate medical chapter of Global Brigades, the largest student-led organization in the world.  The group, along with volunteer physicians, fundraised and traveled to Panama to set up a mobile clinic, providing treatment for rural populations with no access to healthcare.

As Philanthropy and Community Service Chair of her sorority, Ellidia works to provide service opportunities for her chapter and coordinate events with the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, including self-esteem workshops and National Girl’s Day Celebration.  For Kappa Delta’s annual philanthropy event, Ellidia and her team tripled funds raised in previous years for Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, winning the award for top benefactor of the non-profit organization. 

Along with these commitments, Ellidia also serves as the Director of Community Service for Vanderbilt Student Government—College of Arts and Science.  She organizes school-wide events, such as Tip-Off Cookoff, in support of the Martha O’Bryan Center.  Serving as both a Habitat for Humanity and Manna Project International spring break leader, Ellidia has led trips to Jacksonville, Florida and Managua, Nicaragua.  She is also dedicated to the math tutoring program at Maplewood Comprehensive High School and the Next Step Mentorship Program at Vanderbilt.

With the support of the Ingram Scholarship Program, Ellidia had the opportunity to work with United Action for Children, a non-profit in Buea, Cameroon that aims to offer alternative approaches to the current education system.  Through collaboration with an ethnomusicology professor, she developed a module incorporating music application (theory and performance) and HIV/AIDS awareness education.  This dual educational program increased student retention rates of information learned, which is consistent with scientific research that suggests music education increases verbal memory.  Along with the combined music and HIV/AIDS courses, Ellidia also helped develop a sustainable summer program for kids at the Jamandianle Primary School that offers remedial math and English lessons.

This past summer, Ellidia worked for Procter & Gamble in the Cincinnati Headquarters as a Human Resource Intern.  She helped analyze, assess and implement a pilot program for disabled students that offered work study options at a P&G site.  The program is intended to build skills, expose students to real life work situations, and to prepare for a productive future in the workforce based on their abilities. 

Outside of her commitment to the community, Ellidia enjoys playing the violin and spending time outdoors. Ellidia plans on pursuing a career in healthcare management. She is unbelievably honored to be a part of the Ingram Scholarship Program and is forever indebted to the Ingram family.