Today, we celebrate Naila Segule, a 2019-20 WomenNC Scholar!
As a WomenNC scholar this past year, Naila researched the state of trans-inclusive health care at UNC system universities. She worked under the mentorship of Kathy Batts from RTI’s Global Gender Center. Naila enjoyed designing her own research project – a rare opportunity for undergraduate students – and growing her research and writing skills.
Naila graduated this past May from North Carolina State University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and Global Health Development. Awarded the USAID Donald M. Payne Fellowship, she has the next seven years of her life mapped out.
The fellowship fully funds Naila’s next two years at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health where she will pursue a Master’s Degree in Environmental Health. It also includes the opportunity and funding to complete two summer internships, one in Washington, D.C. and another with one of the USAID missions around the world. Upon completion of her degree and her internships, Naila will receive a five-year appointment to the USAID Foreign Service.
Naila’s interest in global affairs is well-established. She attended the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore for her final two years of high school. She spent part of her gap year after high school teaching English in rural India. Naila was also a youth delegate to a U.N. climate conference in Poland.
And, of course, as a WomenNC scholar, Naila’s work was presented to a global audience at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (virtually) in March of this year in addition to more local venues like North Carolina State’s Gender and Equity Research Symposium.
We applaud Naila for all her accomplishments and can’t wait to see what the world has in store for her!