Introducing: Sarah Dottor

Greetings BRAVE humans!


My name is Sarah and I am taking over for Andrea as the AmeriCorps VISTA resource for the 2017-18 year.  Andrea spent a good amount of time preparing me and making this transition as smooth as possible, which I appreciate immensely.  I hope to continue the success of this partnership position with UConn that she has worked so hard to cultivate and establish.


I graduated from UConn in May 2017 with a B.S. in Pathobiology.  I was planning on attending veterinary school, but changed my mind half way through college because I craved a more direct way to make a difference.  One of the places this path brought me was to an internship in student affairs at USJ last semester.  This is where I met Shelby, who happily invited me to lunch after just one meeting.  She introduced me to BRAVE and connected me with Andrea and Meaghan.  The rest is herstory.  I hope to make a future in the social sciences with the help of BRAVE.  I am considering going to graduate school, perhaps through UConn, to earn a masters in social work because of the positive experiences I have had with mental health therapists.  In fact, I will be co-facilitating a support group for queer youth in the coming months and I am so excited to see what I can learn.

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Outside of my emerging career, I am an instructor at Valentin Karate.  I have been a proud student for 7 years, and I have earned a black belt in the martial art of Tang Soo Do.  This is the main experience that helped me discover my path in life.  I get to teach humans of all ages and identities.  My youngest student is 3 years old and my oldest is 70.  I learn from them, too, and I am extremely thankful to the martial arts family that has supported me during the transitional period of life that is high school, college, and emerging adulthood.


I am honestly an open book, so ask me anything.  I value visibility, diversity, and advocacy for what one understands to be right.  I bet you’re awesome and I want to get to know you too.  I can think of nothing more inspiring or empowering than learning about the journey behind the name and face.



Sarah Dottor

she/her or they/them


P.S. Remember, that reflection in the mirror may be distorted by socially constructed ideals.

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