Division: Community Health Sciences
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Organizations: Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP), Radical Public Health (RPH), McNair Scholars
I am a first generation college graduate, as well as first generation graduate student from San Francisco, CA. I decided to purse my MPH here at UIC because I am passionate about studying violence prevention in public health, and UIC has various resources and programs (i.e. Cure Violence) that address all facets of violence prevention.
Why did you participate in Leadership Program?
I participated in the leadership program because I believe being a leader involves continuously educating yourself. Being a leader is never a consistent title or concept; therefore I like to expose myself to new leadership opportunities whenever possible.
What skills were gained from your participation in the program?
The program helped me gain a greater understanding of what I am strong at as a leader, and what I can control. I had always struggled with setting aside priorities for myself, but I feel like now I am more self-aware of what I can accomplish and what I can delegate or ask for help with.
What will you do with your new responsibility as student ambassador?
Students should become ambassadors because you never can stop learning about how to be an effective leader. Students will also gain a new community or support network with their fellow ambassadors, which I believe is key to the successful completion of our various degrees.