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 student advisory board 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

nina brinker

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences
Year: 2023
Hometown: Yarmouth, Maine
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 Tanzania Summer Program in a virtual format during Summer 2021. During this program, my team members and I created a policy case study analyzing the factors influencing neonatal survival in Tanzania.
Global health areas of passion: Epidemiology, Health Policy, and Vaccine Development/Research
Fun Fact: I am a ballet dancer!

renee girbau

Major: Biology and Society
Minor: Global Health, Business
Year: 2023
Hometown: Baja, California
Role in the global health program: Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board
What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I carried out my ELO experience through the virtual program in unison with the South African Institute for Policy and Research in Zambia. My focus is on Nutrition Labeling as a means of preventing and managing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Zambia. Additionally, I analyzed the efficacy of Nutrition Labeling policies in combating NCDs, and the lack of standardization and enforcement that poses an obstacle to the implementation of such policies.
Global health areas of passion: Environmental Health, Health Equity, and Immigration
Fun Fact: I am bilingual (Spanish and English)!

rebecca gordon

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences
Minor: Health Policy and History
Year: 2023
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Role in the global health program: Member of Global Health Student Advisory Board
Global health areas of passion: Health Disparities, Health Policy, Health Equity, and Maternal and Child Health
Fun Fact: Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller went to my high school!

lindsay jordan

Major: Human Biology, Health, and Society
Minor: Latino Studies, Infectious Disease
Year: May 2022
Hometown: Merrick, NY
Role in the global health program: Teaching Assistant for NS 3610
Global health areas of passion: I have played the violin for almost 12 years
Fun Fact: I have played the violin for almost 12 years

roy kim

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences
Year: 2022
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Role in the global health program: Member of Global Health Student Advisory Board
What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I was a Student Intern a Health Security Partners, a global nonprofit network striving to advance health security through education, collaboration, and stewardships, where I tracked COVID-19 data and news everyday and helped the program managers with their projects.
Global health areas of passion: Sustainable Food Systems and Food Insecurity
Fun Fact: I put milk before cereal!

carey lau

Major: Biology and Society
Minor: Global Health
Year: 2022
Hometown: Freehold, New Jersey
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 Summer Program in Tanzania and researched the benefits of holistic health in the context of the Uzima Garden, located at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University in Moshi, Tanzania.
Global health areas of passion: Infectious Disease, Maternal and Reproductive Health, and Healthcare Systems
Fun Fact: I’m a chimesmaster at Cornell and I play the bells in McGraw Tower!

connie le

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences
Minor: Infectious Disease
Year: 2022
Hometown: Malvern, Pennsylvania
Role in the global health program: Global Health Program Assistant, Teaching Assistant, 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.   
Global health areas of passion: Infectious Disease and Vectors of Disease, Health Equity, and Maternal Mortality
Fun Fact: Both of my parents are twins (one is identical and one is fraternal), but I am an only child!

isabella lepez

Major: Global and Public Health Science
Minor: Human Development
Year: 2022
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
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 The Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition where I transcribed interviews among core team members in Kenya and Uganda. At the end of my ELO, I developed a brief focusing on the process of implementation science and how it can be applied to study iron and folic acid supplementation.
Global health areas of passion: Infectious Disease, Childhood Nutrition, and Mental Health
Fun Fact: My family friend is the owner of Comfy (the really big, soft hoodies)!

audrey lewis

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences
Minor: Policy Analysis and Management & Inequality Studies' Health Equity Track
Year: 2023
Hometown: Hong Kong
Role in the global health program: Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board
What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? For my ELO, I worked in the O'Brien Laboratory at Cornell to help out with their FeGenes research, which was studying the ethnic differences in iron absorption. I helped to create education materials on the role of nutritional iron as well as recruit study participants and manage the lab social media accounts.
Global health areas of passion: Population Health, Maternal Health and Mortality, and Health Equity
Fun Fact: I can speak Mandarin!

elizabeth madamidola

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences
Year: 2023
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Role in the global health program: Member of Global Health Student Advisory Board
What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I was a research assistant at the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research Center at University of Pennsylvania and worked on two ongoing health services project. Both involved using qualitative and quantitative research methods to improve patient experiences.
Global health areas of passion: Healthcare Coverage Gap, Patient Experience, and Health Design
Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Germany!

lucy merrill

Major: Biology and Society, and Spanish
Minor: Global Health
Year: May 2022
Hometown: West Chester, PA
Role in the global health program: Teaching Assistant for NS 3610
What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I worked as a Spanish-English interpretor at Community Volunteers in Medicine, a nonprofit clinic providing services to uninsured, impoverished individuals in Chester County, PA. Aside from interpreting, I also worked to reach out to all of our patients to ensure they had received a COVID-19 vaccination!
Global health areas of passion: Immigration, Women's Reproductive Health, and Sex Education
Fun Fact: I'm a triathlete!

nico modesti

Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Global Health
Year: 2022
Hometown: Syracuse, New York
Role in the global health program: Teaching Assistant, Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board
What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I completed a virtual summer 2020 internship working with Professor Stacey Langwick on Uzima: Spaces of Nourishment, based out of Moshi, Tanzania.
Global health areas of passion: Medical Anthropology, Infectious Disease, and Substance Abuse Disorders
Fun Fact: Even though my summer 2020 Tanzania trip was cancelled, I was still able to get an abroad experience conducting research in Summer 2021 in Madrid!

malvika narayan

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences
Minor: Health Equity & Development Sociology
Year: December 2021
Hometown: South Brunswick, New Jersey
Role in the global health program: Global Health Program Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board
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.
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!  

Lauren O'Keeffe

Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Global Health
Year: 2022
Hometown:  Lexington, Massachusetts
Role in the global health program: Global Health Program Assistant, Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board
What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I conducted my ELO through the virtual Cornell Global Health Program in Zambia through partnership with The Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR) and WaterAid. My team researched and evaluated the accessibility of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services for people living with disabilities in Kanyama, which is a peri-urban area of Lusaka.
Global health areas of passion: Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Health Equity
Fun Fact: My favorite winter activity is skiing! 

supriya pandit

Major: Human Biology, Health and Society
Minor: Global Health, Gerontology, and Human Development  
Year: 2022
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
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 the Lighthouse Medical Clinic in Buffalo, NY, on a nutrition project where we piloted a food prescription program with patients during the pandemic.
Global health areas of passion: Sexual and Reproductive Health, Health Equity, and Medical Sociology
Fun Fact: I have given everyone in my family a haircut!

briana parris

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences
Minor: Human Development
Year: 2023
Hometown: Stony Point, New York
Role in the global health program: Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board
Global health areas of passion: Nutrition, Mental Health, and Population Health
Fun Fact: I have been fencing for 11 years!

michael roudik

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences
Year: 2024
Hometown:  Brooklyn, New York
Role in the global health program:Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board
Global health areas of passion: Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Infectious Disease
Fun Fact: I love to play the piano!

aleah thomas

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences
Year: December 2021
Hometown: Long Island, New York
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 Global Health Program in the Tanzania Cohort. We explored policy issues regarding low contraceptive use among adolescents in urban and rural regions of Tanzania.
Global health areas of passion: Health Equity and Community Based Interventions
Fun Fact: I’ve never been to a concert!

sravya varanasi

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences
Minor: Infectious Disease and Health Equity
Year: 2022
Hometown:  Poughkeepsie, New York
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 completed my ELO with the Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition on a project focused on vitamin supplementation for pregnant women in Kenya and Uganda. I helped to transcribe interviews between country team members, coded the information within the interviews, and helped to write a brief report on completing a bottleneck assessment.
Global health areas of passion: Health Equity, Health Communication, and Infectious Disease
Fun Fact: Every time I wash my curly hair, it turns out differently!