Student Leadership

The Global Health Program at Cornell University embraces and utilizes undergraduate student knowledge, lived experience, passion and commitment to sustain and strengthen programmatic partnerships, curriculum and activities. Each year, students are invited to participate in leadership positions ranging from the Global Health Student Advisory Board to program and teaching assistant positions.

global health studetn advisory baord members group photo

Global Health Student Advisory Board (GHSAB) has served as an opportunity for me to hold on to my takeaways from my ELO and extend the same passion into my own community. GHSAB has facilitated an environment for global health scholars from different ELOs to come together and spearhead on and off-campus global health initiatives. This group stands out as a melting pot for students of various backgrounds and career paths, all threaded together with a common passion for global health.

Erin Kim '20

Meet Our Student Leaders!

diego burga

Diego Burga

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Global Health, Anthropology, and Health Equity

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Florida

What is your role in the global health program? Teaching Assistant, Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board, and Global Health Program Assistant

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Zambia where I researched ways of understanding and mitigating lead exposure In Kabwe through the use of a one health approach.

What are your global health areas of passion? NGO-Public Sector Partnerships, One Health, and Medical Anthropology

Fun fact: I was born in Lima, Peru and hold dual-citizenship!

makayla durant

Makayla Durant

Major: Human Biology, Health, and Society

Minor: Global Health & Health Equity

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched the burden of type II diabetes. I was also given the opportunity to intern at Building a Caring Community, a center supporting children with intellectual and physical disabilities.

What are your global health areas of passion? Children’s Health, Rise of Non-Communicable Diseases

Fun fact: I love hamburgers!

conseulo (connie) le

Consuelo (Connie) Le

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Malvern, Pennsylvania

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I worked with DataDent, an organization committed to strengthening and improving the nutritional data value chain. I helped qualitatively analyze national nutrition surveys in Burkina Faso and developed conceptual frameworks on predicted changes in population-level breastfeeding practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

What are your global health areas of passion? Infectious Disease and Vectors of Disease, Maternal Mortality, and Maternal and Infant Health

Fun fact: Both of my parents are twins (one is identical and one is fraternal), but I am an only child!

elizabeth madamidola

Elizabeth Madamidola

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Minor: Healthy Futures & German

Graduation Year: 2023

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

What is your role in the global health program? Member of Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? N/A

What are your global health areas of passion? Healthcare Design and Policy

Fun fact: I was a barista for two years!

nico modesti

Nico Modesti

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Global Health

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Syracuse, New York

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I worked within a virtual summer 2020 internship working with Professor Stacey Langwick on Uzima: Spaces of Nourishment, based out of Moshi, Tanzania.

What are your global health areas of passion? Medical Anthropology, Infectious Disease, and Substance Abuse Disorders

Fun fact: I have two Australian shepherds, Kinley and Leo, who are my best friends!

malvika narayan

Malvika Narayan

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Minor: Health Equity & Development Sociology

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: South Brunswick, New Jersey

What is your role in the global health program? Teaching Assistant, Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board, and Global Health Program Assistant

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I was an intern for the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Bureau of Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) where I initiated a long-term project to gather personnel data from each of the local agencies and analyze the social determinants of health affecting WIC participants. These various factors were used to determine the most pressing challenges across Pennsylvania and ultimately provide the state with the necessary information to support the local agencies in overcoming such barriers.

What are your global health areas of passion? Maternal Health and Mortality, Mental Health, and Health Equity

Fun fact: I was born at 11:10 PM on 11/10!  

eniola oladipo

Eniola Oladipo

Major: Human Biology, Health, and Society

Minor: Global Health

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

What is your role in the global health program? Member of Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I was involved in developing a qualitative research study that aims to evaluate and enhance a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the diet-related health outcomes of adolescents in South Bronx, NY.

What are your global health areas of passion? Infectious Disease, Biosocial Approach to Global Health, and Healthcare Systems

Fun fact: I play the guitar!

bunmi osias
Bunmi Osias

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Minor: Plant Science & Healthy Futures

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Timonium, Maryland

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched the increasing rate of perinatal mortality on the national level. I also interned at TRMEGA, an NGO that focuses on empowering most vulnerable children and women with HIV/AIDS.

What are your global health areas of passion? Medical Ethnobotany, Food Systems and Security, and Neglected Tropical Diseases

Fun fact: I like baking bread!

aneri patel
Aneri Patel

Major: Human Biology, Health, and Society

Minor: Global Health & Health Equity

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Paramus, New Jersey

What is your role in the global health program? Tanzania Program Assistant and Member of Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched the increasing burden of Type II diabetes in urban Moshi. I also had the opportunity to shadow physicians in Machame Hospital, a rural hospital in the Kilimanjaro region.

What are your global health areas of passion? Sustainability, Non-Communicable Diseases, and Health Disparities in Access to Healthcare

Fun fact: I have recently become passionate about sustainable fashion and spend my free time exploring different thrift shops in the area!

kieu anh peng
Kieu Anh Phan

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Minor: Business

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health/Industrial and Labor Relations Program in India and my project was focused on diabetes. I helped to create an automated version of the Indian Diabetes Risk Score to be used in a Diabetes Screening Camp and also prepared educational materials on diabetes to distribute to the camp participants and staff at our partner organization, SVYM.

What are your global health areas of passion? Nutrition and Health Education

Fun fact: I still have a baby tooth at age 23!

clara rice
Clara Rice

Major: Health Care Policy

Minor: Global Health

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown:  Lambertville, New Jersey

What is your role in the global health program? Zambia Program Assistant and Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Zambia in Summer 2019. My research focused on the role of nutrition professionals in the context of malnutrition and non-communicable diseases.

What are your global health areas of passion? Nutrition and Sexual and Reproductive Health

Fun fact: I have been in over three dozen musicals and plays since middle school!

emily sanchez
Emily Sanchez

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Minor: Health Equity

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: West Orange, New Jersey

What is your role in the global health program? Teaching Assistant and Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I did my ELO through the Cornell Global Health Program in Moshi, Tanzania. I researched the effects of energy insecurity in health facilities and I volunteered with the Network Against Female Genital Mutilation.

What are your global health areas of passion? Sexual and Reproductive Health, Women's Health, Minority Health, Health Disparities

Fun fact: I can hula hoop for three hours without dropping it!

jonah schieber
Jonah Schieber

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Minor: N/A

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched opioid dependence and addiction. I also shadowed at Machame Hospital and viewed surgery, outreach, and inpatient care.

What are your global health areas of passion? Population Health, Infectious Disease, and Sustainable and Community Driven Global Health

Fun fact: I am afraid of heights but not spiders!

aleah thomas
Aleah Thomas

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Minor: N/A

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: New York City, New York

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? N/A

What are your global health areas of passion? Minority Health and Community Based Research and Interventions

Fun fact: I'm 5'11 and contrary to popular belief, I've never played basketball!

mackenzie vick
MacKenzie Vick

Major: Human Biology, Health, and Society

Minor: Global Health

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Coto de Caza, California

What is your role in the global health program? Tanzania Program Assistant and Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched the impacts of maternal mental health on mothers and neonates. I also shadowed medical professionals at Machame Hospital.

What are your global health areas of passion? Maternal and Child Health, Public Health, and Inequities in Medical Care

Fun fact: I have a golden retriever puppy and I love dogs!