Students of Color for Public Health.
The BUSPH Students of Color for Public Health (SCPH) is a student organization that exists to engage, support, and amplify the experiences of current BUSPH students of color, as well as individuals and communities of color in the Boston area. SCPH works to collaborate with diverse groups, especially those with an interest in health disparities and inequities, in order to promote an inclusive and justice-oriented learning community that explores social determinants of health on an individual, interpersonal, community and institutional level.
Goals and Objectives
- Build community and network for students of color through…
- Monthly gatherings that are fun and build lasting friendships.
- Showcasing the work students of color are doing, both academic and in practice.
- Building a network of previous and current students, faculty, and professionals of color for mentorship and potential job opportunities.
- Serve Our City/Community by…
- Frequently hosting community service events with different organizations.
- Building relationships with local organizations through which students can then potentially work, fulfill their practicum requirements, or complete projects supported by Activist Lab Impact Grants.
- Collaborating with student organizations, faculty, staff, and community members to address public health issues affecting under-resourced populations.
- Be a resource for BUSPH by…
- Assisting in building a narrative of the growing students of color body at BUSPH for prospective students, in partnership with the admissions office.
- Being involved in the planning and development of school-wide diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives and events.
- Partnering with BUSPH on how to continue to make the university a person of color friendly environment.
Students of Color for Public Health Fall 2021 Executive Board:
Alejandra Guzman (she/her), President
Certificate(s): Healthcare Management
Alejandra is a second-year MPH student with a concentration in Healthcare Management. Alejandra is a proud first-generation Mexican-American and student from San Bernardino, California. She loves to learn and unlearn through documentaries, sweet and short articles, and from class and classmates. She also enjoys investing in her communities and volunteering. Alejandra’s goal in public health and in life is to do her part in addressing and hopefully working towards solving health inequities and injustices.
Naba Husain (She/Her/Hers)
Naba, Vice President
Certificate(s): Health Policy & Law
Naba is a Master of Public Health candidate, specializing in Health Policy and Law. She has previous experience working with different education and health organizations in both domestic and global contexts. Naba is particularly invested in securing access to equitable and quality health care for marginalized populations. She is excited to be a part of the SCPH team to put together engaging events and provide resources to the BUSPH community!
Nidhi Renèe Bandrapalli (she/hers), Secretary
Certificate(s): Healthcare Management
Nidhi is a first-year MPH student concentrating in Healthcare Management. She has a background in public health science particularly within policy creation and communication. Nidhi’s public health interests include Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace, equitable access to healthcare, racial justice, and the reconstruction of our healthcare system. In her free time, Nidhi models for various fashion companies, reads books, enjoys hanging out with family and friends and traveling to new places. As Secretary, she is excited to help promote the mission of BU SCPH and encourage other students to get involved.
Neha Hanumanthiah (she/her/hers), Communications Coordinator
Neha, Communications Coordinator
Certificate(s): Health Communication and Promotion
Neha will be starting her first semester of the MPH program this fall after graduating this past May from Saint Louis University. Neha loves dance, books, writing, traveling, photography (@nehalalithaphotography) and cooking vegan food🌱 (you can follow her alter chef ego at @nehangry)👩🏾🍳 Neha is most excited for meeting new people, exploring new places, and finding the best coffee shops in Boston. Neha hopes to use her public health degree to spread health science information and data in a way that effectively informs and empowers the public. She has a special interest in maternal and child health, mental health, and addressing the health disparities that exist within immigrant populations.
Adaeze Okorie (she/her), Treasurer
Certificate(s): Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation (CAPDIE)
Adaeze is a first year MPH student concentrating in CAPDIE. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in NH after immigrating to the US with her parents. Her faith journey, as well as experiences working in advocacy, antiracist education, and community health has led her to pursue a career as a servant leader in the field of public health. She wants her career to focus on empowering and meeting the needs of historically underserved communities and systemically marginalized groups. Her goal is to promote health equity and social justice by bringing together antiracist practices/policies and public health community interventions. Some of her favorite things to talk about with others are: her faith journey, poetry, her latest YouTube binges, Jermaine… COLE, and the show A Different World. She loves connecting with people and is grateful to be part of the amazing community at BUSPH!
Tomeka Frieson (she/her), Events Coordinator
Tomeka, Events Coordinator
Certificate(s): Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation (CAPDIE); Maternal and Child Health
Tomeka is a first-year MPH student studying CAPDIE (Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation) and Maternal and Child Health. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Tomeka loves spending time learning more about her Black history. In the realm of maternal and child health, Tomeka has worked on initiatives ranging from supporting Black Breastfeeding Week in New Haven, CT, to developing the Adolescent Health Action Plan for Alabama. She can’t wait to learn more about this field at BUSPH. As the Event Coordinator, Tomeka is looking forward to organizing fun events where students of color can thrive, relax, and learn more about themselves and each other. In her free time, you can find her singing, dancing, exploring Boston, or searching for some way to be in nature.
Natasha Sohni (she/her/hers) First Year Representative
Natasha, First Year Representative
Certificate(s): Health Policy & Law; Human Rights & Social Justice
Natasha is a first year MPH student who plans on concentrating in Health Policy & Law and Human Rights & Social Justice. She is Indian American, grew up in Rochester, MN, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Natasha loves music, writing (you can follow her blog at natashasohni.com), and traveling. She is very outgoing, and loves deep & existential conversations. Natasha hopes to use her public health degree to work with children who face adverse childhood experiences and provide resources for those in marginalized communities!
Yvette Cozier, Faculty Advisor
Yvette, Faculty Advisor
Dr. Cozier is currently an investigator on the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS) and the BWHS Sarcoidosis Study at the Slone Epidemiology Center. Her research interests include social and genetic determinants of health in African-American women — specifically, the influence of factors such as racism, neighborhood socioeconomic status, and genetics in the development of cancer, cardiovascular risk, and pulmonary (sarcoidosis) disease. Additional research interests include oral health, and the role that the faith community, particularly the black church, plays in health promotion/disease prevention efforts associated with HIV/AIDS, hypertension, and obesity.
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
Diversity & Inclusion
Events Calendar Coming Soon!
Students of Color For Public Health Newsletters
Our Students of Color for Public Health (SCPH) student organization has created monthly newsletters in an effort to keep both staff and students on the same page for all opportunities, events, and activities for our SCPH and BUSPH community. We are excited to present you with the first and second edition of our monthly SCPH Newsletter!
In these newsletters, you will find upcoming SCPH events, previous months highlights, and everything you need to know for other important SCPH and community announcements. Each month, we will also feature a community highlight where we spotlight a local business, organization, or person doing great work in the community and that we hope you will support or find interesting! Feel free to check out our newsletters and give us feedback if you have suggestions for events, requests for announcements, or ideas for community spotlights for future editions!