Focus: Maternal and Child Mortality in Middle and Upper-Class Black Women
Siani Antoine is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in U.S. History with a minor in African American Diaspora Studies. She is interested in researching providers, patients, and healthcare infrastructure and its impact on the Black Woman’s Healthcare experience. At school, she is Programming Chair of Chapel Hill’s Section of the National Council of Negro Women and enjoys spending time with family and friends. In the future, she hopes to work in Women’s Health.
Focus: Body Image in Women
Bridget Pittman-Blackwell is a Senior Psychology major from Raleigh, NC. While attending North Carolina Central University, she has been active in various activities on her campus such as the McNair Scholars Program, Psi Chi International Honor Society, and Collegiate 100. Her future goals include pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and eventually opening her own practice geared towards minority children. In her free time, she plays classical piano and has had the opportunity to showcase this talent at events on NCCU’s campus.
Isa van der Drift
Focus: Intersection between Economic Empowerment and Reproductive Health Services
Isa van der Drift is a senior Morehead-Cain Scholar majoring in Peace, War and Defense and Arab Cultures at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is involved in the University’s Honor Court as a court member and has participated in internships at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the International Center for Research on Women. Isa is most interested in studying women, peace and security and the economic impacts of restrictions on women’s reproductive healthcare.
Focus: Effects of Title X Funding on Unintended Pregnancies
Jackie Lanning is a senior at NC State University studying Biological Sciences with a concentration in Public Health and a minor in International Studies. During her time at NC State, she has led student organizations focused on menstrual equity and reproductive justice. She is currently working as an intern in applied data science at SAS, assisting with their data-for-good initiatives. After graduating she plans to pursue a Master’s in Public Health and continue to address health disparities experienced by women and girls.
Focus: The impact of gun violence on women
Samia Noor is originally from Corona, CA and currently a junior at Duke University. She is studying Public Policy and Documentary Studies. She plans to work in the nonprofit industry after graduation, and eventually attend law school and become involved in politics. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and photography.
Focus: Mental Health Services for Women transitioning from Incarceration back to their Families
Leticia Ross is a Master of Social Work student at NC Central University. She is passionate about advocating for vulnerable and oppressed persons in the promotion of social justice and individual well-being. Upon completion of her MSW, Leticia aims to pursue a career in community engagement and education serving Durham, NC and beyond. In her spare time, she enjoys attending conferences, engaging in thought-provoking conversation, and exploring Durham as a new resident.
Marjorie Naila Segule
Focus: Food Security with emphasis on Graduate Students in the UNC School Systems
Naila Segule is a senior Park Scholarship recipient and University Honors student at North Carolina State University. She’s double majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Self-Design Global Health Development and is interested in addressing environmental injustice and health inequality. When she is not conducting research, she enjoys traveling, reading, and roller skating.
Focus: Menstruation Education within Sexual Education & Cultural Stigma Against Menstruation
Rosie Tran is a Senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Conflict Management. She currently serves as the Secretary-General of UNC’s Model U.N. Conference and travels with the Model U.N. team to compete. One of Rosie’s many passions includes advocating for and empowering women. Outside of her academic and professional life, she can be found reading a book on the Quad or trying new food with her friends.