Every year, Emory’s Alumni Board and Student Alumni Board identify and honor 100 outstanding graduating seniors. These are the 100 Senior Honorary. The students honored with this award have excelled in leadership, sports, community involvement, mentorship, and more. The Center for the Study of Human Health is proud to share and honor the six Human Health majors and minors who are on this list. These students have excelled at academic and community achievements and embody what it means to be a Human Health student. Below you can learn a little bit about each of these stand out students.
Congratulations to you all!!
Lamar is a Gates Millennium Scholar and Truman Scholar from Richmond, Virginia, majoring in human health with a concentration in health innovation. He has dedicated his time at Emory to addressing racial health disparities both on campus and in the broader Atlanta community. He volunteers annually during the open enrollment period to help some of Atlanta’s most vulnerable residents navigate their health insurance options and has worked to address food insecurity. With the support of the Office of Health Promotion, Lamar also expanded the reach of Emory’s PrEP clinic for HIV prevention and has worked to educate clinicians around stigmas on sexuality and race. He also worked with the Office of Health Promotion to conduct the National College Health Assessment and provide recommendations for each division of Emory to improve student health outcomes ranging from sexual health to housing insecurity. Lamar is currently conducting an independent research project analyzing racial differences in maternal morbidity. He plans to pursue a public health career focused on community-based initiatives to promote health equity and improve the lives of Black people and other marginalized communities.
Bobbye Hampton is a senior in the college majoring in African American Studies with a Predictive Health Minor from Dallas, TX. Bobbye has spent her time at Emory committed to working with and for Black & Brown students through her leadership roles such as Senior Staff Administrator of the Emory Black Student Union.
The Human Health Department has expanded the ways in which Bobbye has navigated her time at Emory through allowing opportunities for engagement in the Atlanta Science Festival where she honed her passion for teaching. After graduation, she will be matriculating into a Masters in Urban Education Program in pursuit of a career in public education.
Javier is a current 4th-year student double majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Human Health. During his four years at Emory, he has devoted his time and energy to both his research and community outreach interests. Javier has been working as a research assistant at the Atlanta VA Medical Center for the past three years and during his time there his research has focused on investigating the role of aerobic exercise interventions on cognitive health in sedentary older adults (he was fortunate enough to find a lab that allowed him to combine my passion for neuroscience and public health). Beyond his research interests, he has been heavily involved with various service-based organization on campus. Specifically, Javier has served as the president of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity, and is currently the director of Project SHINE (Students Helping in Naturalization and English). After graduation, he will be joining the 2019 Teach for America corps as a high school science teacher in San Antonio, Texas. After my two years in the classroom, he intends to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience and hopefully end up working in a science policy-oriented career.
Nivedita is a senior from Bellevue, Washington and is double majoring in Human Health and Economics. The human health major has been critical in her understanding of health from diverse perspectives including health as a human right, differential access to quality care, and the socioeconomic and political determinants of health today. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in medicine and public health to understand and work towards developing solutions for issues of global health disparities Outside of academics, Nivedita has been dancing since she was five years old and loves reading or playing with her puppy. She conducts research at the CDC, serves on the executive board for the nonprofit American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO), and is a member of the Gathering A Cappella and Emory Savera.
Coming to Emory, Salma wasn’t too sure what to choose for a major; her interests ranged from international affairs to sociology and religion. She counts herself as fortunate to find Human Health because it enabled her to gain a solid foundation in the sciences, while also learning about the intersections of health and the humanities. She has been able to gain a better understanding of crucial issues surrounding health policy and reform, patient-provider interactions, and preventative care. With this knowledge and the positive connections she has made through this major, Salma hopes she can make a difference in the lives of patients and community members through a career in medicine!
Aleia is both a star on stage and in her numerous leadership positions. She has held positions in the Oxford Chorale, served as a music assistant, is a member of Emory Concert Choir, and has played an essential role in the production of OxBroadway performances in the past. Additionally, she has excelled as an Oxford Welcome Leader, Peer Assistance Leader, Orientation Leader, and a Summer Conference Coordinator. Aleia has attended numerous leadership summits and was named to the Who’s Who of Colleges & Universities in America in 2017.
When she was little, Aleia wanted to be a doctor. However, that was before she fell in love with the Spanish language and culture. She later learned that Human Health—specifically Global Health—was a better fit the role she wanted for herself in future endeavors as a healthcare professional. Now, she is graduating with a degree in Spanish & Portuguese and a minor in Global Health, Culture & Society. She hopes to find meaningful and impactful ways to integrate these passions in order to ensure that communities not only have viable drinking water and true access to health and health-related resources, but also a basis on which they understand and can be understood in a world where the Other is too often marginalized. After working for a while, Aleia plans to pursue a Masters in Public Health.