2017 – 2018 CGH Student Advisory Board

IMG_3586Name: Claire Romaine

Committee: CGH SAB Chair, 2017-2018

Major/Year: Human Biology, 2018

Involvement on Grounds: General Chemistry Lab TA, Group Exercise Instructor at the AFC, Jefferson Literary and Debating Society

Why are you involved with the CGH and Global Health?: I joined CGH as a first year; I saw Global Health as a career that would quench my thirsts for travel, problem-solving, and meeting interesting people. CGH has already given me these opportunities (a trip to Rwanda, planning super fun events, getting to know some of my best friends) and so many more.

What is your favorite UVA event?: Rotunda Sing

Name: Adam Jones

Committee: Hackathon

Major/Year: Economics/2018

Involvement on Grounds: SE@UVA, One in Four, Virginia Pay for Success Lab, Jefferson Literary and Debating Society

Why are you involved with the CGH and Global Health?: As a CGH Scholar, I was lucky enough to study global health and education in Rwanda. My experiences there inspired me to spread awareness and interest in global health here on Grounds.

What is your favorite UVA event?: YAR

Name: Golda Houndoh

Committee: Case Competition

Major/Year: Undeclared, Class of 2019

Involvement on Grounds: Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, First Year Players, Madison House, Autism Theatre Project, Young Women’s Leadership Program, ULink Advising

Why are you involved with the CGH and Global Health?: I was born in Togo, West Africa and I was lucky enough to immigrate to the US after my mom won the Lotto-Visa– a literal lottery for visas. In the winter break of 2015-2016, I was fortunate enough to get to re-visit Togo and it was the most eye-opening, mind-blowing, but nevertheless, the best experience of my life. After seeing all the disparities, my eyes were opened to the importance of Global Public health and the impact I could have on my country by studying it. CGH’s discussions, forums, and advising would be the perfect step in the right direction! I’m very excited to see what my first year of CGH-SAB has in store for me!

What is your favorite UVA event?: Lighting of the Lawn!

Name: Sedona Hoppe-Brosse

Committee: Global Health on Grounds

Major/Year: Global Health and History/ Class of 2018

Involvement on Grounds: Madison House Bridging the Gap, VISAS, Moot Court

Why are you involved with the CGH and Global Health?: I am pursuing a career in international health diplomacy and am incredibly passionate about promoting the concept of health as a human right. I find that the Center for GLobal Health is an incredible resource and serves as a liaison for students to the larger global health community and gets us engaged in the global initiative to ensure all people have access to equitable health care. CGH hosts a wide variety of events that engage the student body and fosters an educational exchange between professors, professionals, academics, scholars and students. It’s incredible to have a community of people that are interested in the same problems, problems that may appear at times ominous and unsolvable, but within that community have a true atmosphere of encouraging and inspiring thoughts and ideas put into action when possible to make a true and impactful difference.

What is your favorite UVA event?: Global Health Month and Trick or Treating on the Lawn


IMG_3591Name: Natalie Browning

Committee: Global Health on Grounds

Major/Year: History/South Asian Studies/Secondary Ed, Third Year

Involvement on Grounds: Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Senior Producer/Membership Coordinator for the Pioneer (Hackcville), Charlottesville Abundant Life (Madison House), and CGH!!

Why are you involved with the CGH and Global Health?: Historically, I am known to get loig thoughts. As a humanities major, I try and connect the past with the present, and come up with solutions to the major conflicts that exist today in the world. This process is largely driven by passion, and sometimes this process can be discouraging when grappling alone. In many global conflicts, ‘the answer’ can be far from black and white. At the Center for Global Health, problems are discussed, but so are solutions. My peers are brilliant, and able to weave together the complexities of science, politics, economics, cultural influences, and social customs, in an effort to understand global health. My experience at CGH has been a cohesive interdisciplinary effort to make the world a better place, and I love it.

What is your favorite UVA event?: Laying and reading on the Lawn on a beautiful day

Name: Himika Rahman

Committee: Hackathon

Major/Year: Masters in Public Health, 2017 (Concentration: Research in Practice)

Involvement on Grounds: Conflux Journal Creative Director, Center for Global Health Student Advisory Board, Graduate Mentor for Community Oriented Health Logistics (Jefferson Public Citizens research project), Researcher/Designer for Health Impact Assessment on Santo Domingo Tribe of New Mexico

Why are you involved with the CGH and Global Health?: I was introduced to CGH through my work with the Conflux Journal, and I admire the organization for not only supporting the efforts of our global health scholars but also promoting events and opportunities for UVA students. I was inspired to be apart of the effort to spread the word on Grounds about the importance of global health.

What is your favorite UVA event?: First Year Players musicals

Name: Stefano Rumi

Committee: Global Health Month

Major/Year: Sociology, Social Entrepreneurship, 2017, Masters in Public Policy,  2018

Committee: Global Health Month

Involvement on Grounds: U.Va. Honor Committee, support officer; Social Entrepreneurship at UVA, Student Advisory Member; The Fralin Art Museum, Student Engagement Council Board; Center for Global Health, Student Advisory Board;UVA College Council, Sociology Department representative; Madison House, Habitat for Humanity program director; The Oculus Undergraduate Research Journal, former executive editor, published author, 2015-2016 Academic Year (Water Policy and Sustainability Issues in Las Vegas); Pay for Success Laboratory at The Batten School, research fellow; 2016 Social Innovation Summit, Planning Committee; Research under Dr. Bala Mulloth, Social Innovation in Emerging Markets (India); HackCville; Undergraduate Research Network; European Student Networking Organization (ESNO) Outreach Chair

Why are you involved with the CGH and Global Health?: I am passionate about helping motivated UVa students connect with on-grounds resources that can assist them with their projects, and I hope to promote inter-disciplinary collaboration with CGH and other groups.

What is your favorite UVA event?: Streaking the Lawn

Name: Matt Salit

Major/Year: Undeclared, Second Year

Involvement on Grounds: Stall Seat Journal; Sustained Dialogue; Peer Health Educator; Madison House Volunteer; Reformed University Fellowship

Why are you involved with the CGH and Global Health?: Public health improves the quality of life and protects the health of the communities, both local and global, that we call home.  I initially became interested in public health after responding to a driving accident in my community with a safe driving educational campaign.  My involvement on Grounds with other health and wellness organizations has further fueled an appetite for effective responses to local public health concerns.  I want to work with my peers at the Center to apply those skills in a global setting and promote dialogue and awareness about global health on Grounds.

What is your favorite UVA event?: Lighting of the Lawn