PSD Spotlight: Sandra Quarles

June 24, 2019

Sandra Quarles is July 2019's PSD Spotlight.

Sandra Quarles

Our final spotlight of the academic year is Sandra Quarles, Project Assistant in the Department of Computer Science. Sandra hails from Chicago and has worked at the University for 29 years. She has been nominated for exemplifying the PSD core value of holding ourselves accountable and honoring commitments. A PSD community member had the following to say about Sandra:

Sandy offers to help everyone. No task is too small; she is willing to offer advice, help physically, stay late, etc. She is someone you can depend on.

We interviewed Sandra about her interests and experiences below.

What do you enjoy about being a part of the PSD community?

I worked in the Biological Sciences Division for over 20 years, and I like the PSD community because it offers more interactions with students as opposed to patients.

Tell us a bit about you.

I don't have any hobbies at this time, but I love to dance and I do a little choreography as well.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by Michelle Obama. I love her style and her desire to help children to get moving and get healthy. Michelle also makes sure she puts her family first.

What is the most interesting thing that you are working on right now (does not have to be work related)?

Four years ago, I met the man of my dreams. We are getting married on September 21, 2019. I have worked on several workshops, seminars, symposiums and summits here at the University of Chicago, but planning my wedding has been a little bit more challenging. It has been very interesting to try on wedding dresses, check out several venues, and taste various foods!

What does diversity and inclusion mean to you?

In my opinion, diversity means a mix of all ethnic groups of people. Inclusion means that no matter your ability, you belong.

What have you seen lately that made you smile?

I watched several kids in a dance-off. Each child had an opportunity to show their unique dancing style. Some of the children didn't feel they could dance so they were just acting silly and making funny faces. Of course, none of the children realized they all were winners and they would all receive the same prize. It was very comical and endearing to watch the children be carefree and have fun.

Who had the most influence on you growing up?

My mother is very influential in my life because she is so giving and caring. At 84 years young, she is very active with a Sociable Seniors group that travels, hosts bingo games, hosts gala affairs, visits sick seniors in nursing homes and feeds the homeless. She gave so much of herself and she is loved by many. Mom, Ruthie Williams, you are my hero.

What three words best describe you?

Lover of leopard.

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