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AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI)

    GEDI Interns come from a variety of disciplines including public health, education, political science, anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, and the natural sciences. Their commonality is a strong background in research skills, an interest in extending their capacities to the field of evaluation, and a commitment to thinking deeply about culturally responsive evaluation practice. Meet the 2020-2021 GEDI Cohort!


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    Daniel Alohan (pronouns: he/him) is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. At Mailman, Daniel has developed a keen interest in investigating the collateral and social consequences of social policies (e.g., mass incarceration) for sexual health and related health issues (e.g., substance use) among racial/ethnic and sexual minority groups, especially Black same-gender-loving men. He is passionate about using community-engaged, mixed-method approaches to achieving health equity and social justice. As a GEDI scholar, Daniel will be interning with TCC Group, a social impact consulting firm based in New York City.

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    Meaza Genet Belachew is an MPH student at UMD, College Park. She has conducted evaluation research for the Public Health Accreditation Board. Her interest in evaluation stems from her exposure to refugee resettlement and global health program evaluation at the Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. and the Jhpiego Corporation, respectively. She sees evaluation as a vehicle for sustainable community led systems change. Her penchant for this approach comes from her time working on the national poverty alleviation project at A Wider Circle. As a GEDI Scholar, she will continue honing her interest in systems change at the National Science Foundation.

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    Chelsea Ducille is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research interests are primarily focused on methods of reducing maternal mortality among women of color, domestically and globally. Prior to Chelsea’s matriculation into her doctoral program, she worked at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a Senior Research Program Coordinator, where she was responsible for the execution of two international disaster response and preparedness studies centered in Pakistan, Nigeria, and Brazil. Chelsea attended Duke University for her undergraduate degree, where she majored in Women’s Studies and minored in Chemistry. She holds an MSPH in Population, Family, and Reproductive Health and a Certificate of Maternal and Child Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a GEDI scholar, Chelsea is excited to be working with the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC).

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    Alexandra Mack is a second-year MSW student at Howard University's School of Social Work and holds a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Liberty University. Alexandra's research interests center around identifying evidence-based resources to effectively increase social inclusion for individuals who are experiencing displacement and exploring the utilization of sports programming as a viable tool for acclimation. As a 2020-2021 GEDI scholar, Alexandra will be interning at Encompass LLC in Rockville, MD.

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    Estéfani Marín is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests lie at the intersection of family and education. Estéfani’s current work is situated in a critical race theory lens and explores the role of sibling support among Latinx first-generation college students. Her work seeks to challenge deficit models of thinking and to raise awareness of the attributes that underrepresented students possess which allow them to exert agency within structural confinements. As a GEDI scholar, she seeks to expand her research repertoire to translate her academic interests into impactful societal changes. Estéfani will work alongside Child360 and the GEDI community to accomplish this goal. 

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    Erin Murphy is second-year Masters student at the University of Maryland in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. She holds a BS in Public Health Science and Statistics also from the University of Maryland. Through the GEDI program, she aims to cultivate culturally responsive responsible evaluation practice into her methodological and substantive research interests in social determinants of health and socio-emotional wellness in at-risk youth. 

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    Currently pursuing her Master's in Public Health in the field of Health and Social Behavior at UC Berkeley, Roxana Rodriguez is informed by her experiences as an urban, low-income, Xicana from a mixed citizenship-status household. Born and raised in NorthEast Los Angeles, Roxana is currently finding new ways to call the Bay Area home. Her research focuses on improving adverse health outcomes that are rooted in systems of oppression and inequality through the lenses of intersectionality, social justice, and public health. She has conducted research assistance, provided project planning, interviewed key informants, organized community convenings and co-authored reports for a variety of health justice and equity projects nationally.

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    Erica Chavez Santos is Mexicana Americana and proud daughter of farmworkers. She studied biology and public health at the University of Washington, then worked as a patient navigator at a community health center before pursuing her MPH at Columbia University. Erica is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Health Services at UW, where she focuses on occupational health disparities, structural barriers to resources for holistic wellbeing and access to health care services. She strives to use her research to create equitable and just policy changes for healthier communities in Washington State.

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    Andra-Mesha Smith is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health. She has a minor in Epidemiology and a concentration in Leadership. She received her B.A. in Health Sciences from Rice University and her M.P.H. in Behavioral Sciences from UTHealth. Her research interests are program evaluation and systems improvement. She has applied program evaluation to dating violence prevention, sexual health risk reduction, K-12 mathematics teacher pedagogy improvement, and heart failure provider treatment protocol compliance projects. Her motivation is to help organizations be more effective in reaching their programmatic goals.

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    Anjanette Chan Tack is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Chicago where she specializes in research on race/ethnicity, immigration, inequality, and health. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Anjanette earned her B.A. in Biochemical Science from Harvard University. Anjanette has worked on public health initiatives among disadvantaged populations in the U.S., as well as on HIV/AIDS initiatives in India, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, and Latin America. As a doctoral candidate, Anjanette conducts research on how neighborhood-level inequalities (e.g. in rates of exposure to violence, in access to institutional resources) impact health outcomes. As a GEDI scholar, Anjanette will be working with the Education Development Corporation on a project promoting racial equity in Chicago. 

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    Tajammal Yasin is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His passion lies in conducting research and working at the macro level with the aim to improve the lives of socially disadvantaged children and families. His core research interest includes Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), children and youth development, and Intergenerational trauma and resilience.

    Tajammal has worked as a research assistant for two and half years with the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being (ICFW). He also worked on several research projects, including a mixed-methods evaluation of the Family Drug Treatment court, Foster Parent Training Services, and evaluation of Home Visiting Programs.