Student Engagement

HGHI Global Health Ambassadors

The mission of the HGHI Global Health Ambassadors (GHA) is to build a community and idea-sharing space for undergraduate global health groups at Harvard. The GHA aims to support cross-disciplinary collaboration and communication among student groups and promote the exchange of resources, such as publicizing events, sharing contacts, and offering advice. Read more here about our 2020 GHA’s. This space provides undergraduates with opportunities to be involved with and to help inform HGHI’s work, especially on issues that affect student experiences. It also provides a platform from which students can learn about HGHI-supported opportunities (such as global health summer internships and courses) and request support for their own student-led projects and initiatives.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: aaronabai@college.harvard.edu

Aaron Abai

Student Ambassador

  • Concentration: Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Secondary Field: African-American Studies
  • Year: Junior
  • House: Mather
Aaron cares a lot about addressing promoting global health equity and racial health equity. His favorite global health experience was doing HIV doing research in Durban, South Africa. Now, Aarom studies the vaginal microbiome in the context of HIV acquisition in the Kwon Lab at the Ragon Institute. Outside of the lab, he is involved in the Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers and the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: soyounchoi@college.harvard.edu

Soy Choi

Student Ambassador

  • Concentration: Bioengineering
  • Secondary Field: Economics
  • Year: Sophomore
  • House: Quincy House
Hi! My name is Soy Choi, and I am a sophomore at Harvard College pursuing a concentration in Biomedical Engineering with a secondary in Economics. My hometown is Melbourne, a pleasant beach town on the east coast of Florida. I have an interest in policy research, educational equity, and economic analyses in the field of bioengineering! In my free time, I enjoy playing golf and tennis with friends and family. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
  • Student groups: Harvard Undergraduate Council, Harvard Student Agencies, Harvard Global Health and Leadership Conference Board, Institute of Politics STEAM Program, Harvard PERIOD, Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program, Harvard Crimson, Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra
  • Outside experiences: Internship with Florida Democratic Party and public service organizations with focus in educational equity
  • Research: Cyber Security policy research at Harvard Kennedy School, Nutrition policy research at HSPH

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: suubademby@college.harvard.edu

Suuba Demby

Student Advisory Committee Co-President & Student Ambassador

  • Concentration: Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Secondary: Global Health and Health Policy
  • Year: Junior
  • House: Kirkland
Hi everyone! My name is Suuba, I am a junior from the Washington-DC area, and I one of the Co-Presidents of SAC this year. Outside of classes, I am an EMT with CrimsonEMS and I am a student researcher at the Ragon Institute studying microbial ecology of the female genital tract. I hope to attend medical school after graduation and want to pursue both medicine and sustainable health care development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about policy work, HIV research, Sub-Saharan Africa, or being an EMT.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: sdemby@college.harvard.edu

Sadia Demby

Student Ambassador

  • Concentration: Social Anthropology
  • Secondary Field: Global Health and Health Policy
  • Year: Junior
  • House: Kirkland
Hey everyone! My name is Sadia (she/her) and I’m a junior in Kirkland House. My interests lie at the intersection of global health, medical and urban anthropology, and studies of womanhood. My current research focuses on informal networks of care among young women in Freetown, Sierra Leone. On campus, I am involved with Partners in Health Engage, peer health advising, and health policy research. I’m happy to talk about global health opportunities at Harvard, pursuing individual projects abroad, working with U.S. government health agencies, and being pre-med at Harvard with a non-STEM concentration. Feel free to reach out to chat about any and everything!

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: huongle@college.harvard.edu

Huong Le

Student Ambassador

  • Concentration: Neuroscience
  • Secondary Field: Global Health and Health Policy
  • Year: Junior
  • House: Kirkland
I am a junior in Kirkland House concentrating in Neuroscience (Mind, Brain, Behavior Track), with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. I am interested in traveling and exploring different cultures around the world. I have travelled with Harvard to Peru and Japan and hope to explore more places while studying at the college. I aspire to perform field research in underprivileged communities to help reduce health care disparity around the world. Currently, I work in a neuroscience research lab investigating functions and locations of a protein critical in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. I also engage in global mental health research with the Shamiri Institute. Outside of FIMRC, I also serve as a Peer Advising Fellow, direct the Harvard College in Asia Program, and volunteer as peer counselor for Indigo Peer Counseling.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: tmartheswaran@college.harvard.edu

Tanisha Martheswaran

Student Advisory Committee Co-President & Student Ambassador

  • Concentration: Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology
  • Secondary Field: Global Health and Health Policy
  • Year: Junior
  • House: Adams
Hi! I’m Tanisha, and I’m one of the Co-Presidents of the HGHI Student Advisory Committee. I’m currently a junior in Adams House from Utah concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a Secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. I’m an aspiring physician scientist interested in ophthalmology and regenerative medicine! I’m passionate about research, community service, and youth education. Feel free to reach out to talk about campus orgs, volunteering, the pre-med life, research opportunities, or anything at all!
  • Student groups: CrimsonEMS, Harvard Undergraduate Synapse Chapter, Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA), Peer Advising Fellow (PAF), Harvard SHARC
  • Research: Neuro-ophthalmology research at Boston Children’s Hospital, Stem Cell/Regenerative Medicine research at Schepens Eye Research Institute (MGH), Clinical Research in Ophthalmology, Healthcare Access/Health Policy research at the Mass DPH
  • Outside experiences: Internship with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the Health Care Workforce Center (HCWC), Volunteer with the American Red Cross

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: ruhinayak@college.harvard.edu

Ruhi Nayak

Student Ambassador

  • Concentration: Government
  • Secondary Field: Global Health and Health Policy
  • Year: Sophomore
  • House: Currier
Hi! My name is Ruhi Nayak, and I am a sophomore at Harvard College concentrating in Government with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy and a citation in Spanish. I’m in Currier House, but am currently learning remotely from my hometown of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. My interests surround women’s health, policy research, and educational equity. In my free time, I enjoy doing digital art, playing tennis (and table tennis), and writing. I am happy to talk about being a non-STEM pre-med, volunteering, campus orgs, or anything at all!
  • Student groups: Institute of Politics Policy Program, Harvard Political Review, International Relations Council, South Asian Women’s Collective, PBHA Recent Immigrant Term-Time Enrichment, Harvard MEDLIFE, Partners in Health Engage
  • Outside experiences: Internship with El Centro de Sociedad y Salud in Chile, UI/UX Design internship for Clinq Technologies, Service Trip for MEDLIFE to Tena, Ecuador
  • Research: Breast cancer research at Wayne State University, health policy research at the Harvard Kennedy School

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: cporter@college.harvard.edu

Christian Porter

Student Ambassador

  • Concentration: History of Science & African-American Studies
  • Secondary Field: Global Health and Health Policy
  • Year: Sophomore
  • House: Dunster
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Christian Porter is a sophomore at the College jointly concentrating in History of Science and African-American Studies with a secondary in GHHP. He is the Vice President of the Harvard Black Premedical Society and is also on the executive boards of the Harvard Black Students Association and the Harvard Undergraduate Black Health Advocates. Along with his research interests in the life sciences, Christian was a research intern with the University of Chicago’s Urban Health Labs and the National Institutes of Drug Abuse last summer, examining the effects of community-based public health interventions on Opioid Use Disorder Outcomes in formerly-incarcerated individuals. This summer he plans to work in the health policy or strategy realm. With strong passions and experience in global health, education, and mentorship, Christian plans to pursue a career in medicine and public health after college!

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: jennifersu@college.harvard.edu

Jennifer Su

Student Ambassador

  • Concentration: History of Science
  • Secondary Field: Statistics
  • Year: Freshman
  • House: Thayer
Hi! My name is Jennifer Su, and I’m a first-year at Harvard College from Sacramento, California planning to concentrate in History of Science with a secondary in Statistics. I’m interested in health policy and health economics, with a particular focus in inequities and the social determinants of health. In my free time, I love to find boba stores, travel, and play music! Please feel free to reach out for a new friend- looking forward to chatting!!
  • Student Groups: Harvard Medical Humanities Forum, Women in Medicine, Harvard Buddies, Harvard Health Policy Review
  • Outside Experiences: Internship with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • Research: AAPI COVID-19 Project

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