2020 PDSA Recipient, Johanna Alexander

Johanna Alexander

Johanna Alexander

Fremont, Ohio | Psychology Major

Johanna Alexander was characterized by one nominator as someone who brings joy to everyone around her, even in the most challenging situations. This is regularly the case with Miami's Threshold Choir, of which Johanna has been the president for three semesters. Miami's chapter of Threshold Choir aims to provide comfort through bedside signing to people in hospice care. Johanna not only manages the logistics of learning songs and visiting hospice locations, but also sets the tone and spirit of the organizations. She balances the seriousness of the mission of the organization with creating a positive atmosphere among members.

Outside of Threshold Choir, Johanna has also served as a Conversation Cafe Partner with our American Culture and English (ACE) Program, choreographer of the Vision Dance Company on campus, helped plan a Winter Immersion Service Experience (WISE) trip to Washington DC, and worked in summer 2019 as an intern through our Urban Leadership Intern Program in Dayton. Another of Johanna's nominators called her intellectually curious, highly motivated, inclusive of diverse opinions and cultural backgrounds, and compassionate. In recognition of those characteristics and much more, Johanna is a current finalist for a Fulbright Award.