Sean Schrader is passionate about his local community and puts in the effort to make it the best possible place to live.
While still in high school, Schrader served as secretary for the Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition. That commitment to community engagement led to more opportunities where he would hone his civil service and leadership skills. Currently, he works with other volunteers to ensure pilots are following the noise reduction practices around the St. Petersburg Clearwater International Airport.
At USF, he serves as a senator in the USF Student Government, helping to represent students on the St. Petersburg campus in the legislative decision-making process. He also is a student representative on the Faculty Council on Student Admissions and a member of the Order of the Golden Brahman, a leadership society for USF students.
As a student ambassador for Feeding Tampa Bay, he was able to see first-hand the vital role the food distribution events played in supporting his neighbors and the overall community.
“Personally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing the toll it took on so many was terrible to witness. I was especially concerned about the business community, and seeing so many places that closed, never to reopen,” he said.
Schrader was so moved that he started a research tour over the summer. He visited five different industries to see how they had been impacted by COVID-19. He presented his findings at the USF Undergraduate Humanities Research Conference and will be sharing his research at Johns Hopkins University later this semester.