Andrew graduated from Harvard University in 2014 where he studied psychology and global health. During undergrad, he had the privilege of volunteering as a Health Leads Advocate where he worked to address the social determinants of health by connecting underserved patients with social services in Boston. This experience helped develop his interest in public health and social justice, and it inspired him to pursue his MPH at UC Berkeley. Throughout his MPH program, Andrew studied how structural factors such racism, homophobia, and poverty have helped to create HIV/AIDS health inequities among vulnerable populations. He also learned how trauma-informed care can be used as a lens to support individuals who have experienced different forms of oppression. This is a lens that he hopes to apply to his work with the Asylum Clinic/HRI and in the future as a physician and public health practitioner. Although originally from New Jersey, Andrew is a total Californian at heart, and you can always find him dancing, watching Grey's Anatomy, and lovingly reminiscing about the Bay Area.
Liz grew up in Los Angeles County. She attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she was a University Scholar concentrating in biochemistry and political science. She spent two semesters in the Netherlands, and through the study of human rights and political science there became intent on transforming her experiences living in diverse social climates to a more comprehensive understanding of healthcare. She decided to pursue an MPH at Columbia in the department of Sociomedical Sciences; there, Liz primarily studied race and culture as social determinants of health. Her interests and efforts in immigrant health ultimately converged in the founding of Ni Hao, Columbia!, a medical Mandarin immersion program through the IFAP Global Health Program at P&S. These days, during her free time at P&S, Liz can be found playing flag football with some cool classmates or getting competitive with her roommates in board games like One Night Ultimate Vampire.
I grew up in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico and moved to Cambridge, MA when I went to college at Harvard. I majored in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and minored in Global Health and Health Policy. I became interested in issues of health disparities and social justice when I volunteered with Health Leads, an organization that tries to connect people with social resources that might help bridge gaps in access to and quality of care. After graduating in 2014, I followed my interest in working to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations and spent two years in Nicaragua, where I managed a project to implement a nutritional intervention that targets micronutrient deficiencies in the population. Now, as I begin my medical education, I'm super excited to continue to work to address health disparities with initiatives like the Asylum Clinic! In my "free" time, I can be found in random coffee shops. I also love meditation, cooking, and salsa dancing!
Anna grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and graduated from McGill University in 2016. During undergrad, she worked extensively with McGill Students for UNICEF, fundraising and advocating for UNICEF's work with several humanitarian emergencies such as the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the Yemen Crisis, and the South Sudan Crisis. Anna is interested in global health and human rights, especially pertaining to children, youth, and women, and she is excited to continue pursing these interests through her role as Clinical Coordinator. Outside of class, Anna likes to enjoy the fruits of other people's hard labour by watching live music, dance, theatre, and opera.
Sadie Simon is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Social Work at Columbia University. She is from Minneapolis Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012 with a degree in Social Work. While in school, Sadie worked as an intern at a community health center where she gained a knowledge and passion for addressing the dynamics that comprise good healthcare. After completing her degree, Sadie lived and worked in a small, rural Honduras community, teaching 4th grade students and working with their families. Following her year in Honduras, Sadie worked as a geriatric case manager in Minnesota. Sadie then traveled throughout southeast Asia and India, living in other cultures. Last year she worked in Andorra. Through her work in Honduras and Andorra, Sadie became fluent in Spanish. Her experience as a social worker, combined with her experience working and living in foreign countries, ignited a passion for approaching health care, specifically to immigrants, from many different perspectives. She's excited about implementing interdisciplinary practices to enhance the services and care provided to asylum seekers.
Brandon was born and raised in New York, the son of an Ecuadorian father and an Italian-American mother. He graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx in 2015, double majoring in African-American Studies and Biology, and minoring in Theology. In college, Brandon started a chapter of the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) and worked with the NYC Department of Health on Rikers Island teaching overdose and HIV prevention to incarcerated individuals and their families. He spent a year learning Spanish and drawing human models before entering medical school. In his free time, Brandon loves to watch anime and play video games with deep, thought-provoking stories. He also loves to cosplay as epic superhero and anime characters. Brandon is looking to make a difference in the world and is excited to be helping people in need with HRI.
Fiona is originally from Los Angeles and graduated from Stanford in 2012, having focused on the dual HIV-TB epidemic in the former Soviet zone. After college, she volunteered on ambulances in Israel, and subsequently completed a post-bac in San Francisco. She also worked at a non-profit health tech start-up, a fancy ice cream shop, and taught at San Francisco State University. Fiona is excited to bring talks on health and human rights to Columbia, and harness the P&S community to advocate on these issues. In her spare time, she loves to speak foreign languages, dance, do yoga, cook diverse foods, and then eat them!
Allan grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore and graduated with a degree in biochemistry from Brown University in 2015. During his undergraduate studies, he served as an advocate with Health Leads, as well as a tutor for refugee children in Providence, RI. These experiences led him to continue advocating for underserved and/or persecuted people in the communities around him. As a medical student at P&S, Allan hopes to continue expanding the scope of Human Rights Initiative. Outside of the plentiful schoolwork of medical school, Allan enjoys running, reading fantasy novels, playing pool, and tasting whisky.
Shaheen Malick grew up in Manhattan, NY and is a graduate of CUNY Hunter College, where he majored in Music Performance. During college he worked as a research volunteer at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in the Department of Genetics on a Clinical trial studying Urea Cycle Disorders and later in the Department of Developmental Biology studying tumor angiogenesis. Shaheen also studied at the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University and is interested in the role of nutrition and metabolism in disease. Shaheen is a cellist, and his favorite activity is to perform and listen to the music of J.S. Bach.
Vicky was born and raised in San Jose, CA, and graduated from University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in molecular biology. Her interest in human rights and social justice first began in a medical anthropology class, where she first learned about the role of medicine in establishing victimhood in disasters like Chernobyl. In her free time, she likes to explore the city on foot, finding new coffeeshops, baking, and watching reruns of "Friends."
Justin was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated from Yale University in 2016 with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology. He spent two summers volunteering with the MobileMed Clinic, a van clinic that provided care to underinsured members of the Montgomery County community. Justin was also an avid singer and performed with three different singing groups. He served as a business manager for one of them and looks forward to bringing the skills he learned to his new role as fundraising coordinator.
Cam grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis and went to Cornell University for undergrad. During his time there he focused on advocating for improvement of children's education in rural China. Outside of school, he enjoys being a part-time barber and hair stylist.