Tagged public health students

Welcome to Mailman and NYC: Settling In

by Grace Lee, MPH ’14 in Sociomedical Sciences For East-coasters who dream of California beaches, it is hard to understand why someone from LA would ever want to leave.  Yet, as a native Californian, I can tell you that I am not the only one to hold a romantic notion of moving to the Big Apple and experiencing things on the “other” coast. When I was accepted into Columbia’s Mailman School, I really couldn’t ask for anything better. Not only would I be studying at a top university in my field of choice, but I would be living in the…

Faculty Appreciation: Remembering The Times We Had Together

Becky Fein, MPH ’12 in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health “As we go on/ we remember/ all the times we/ had together”…  Perhaps a curse of my generation, these phenomenally cheesy (yet catchy) Vitamin C pop song lyrics come to mind as graduation approaches. With or without this late ‘90s soundtrack, graduation lends itself to reflection—reflection about what we’ve learned, how we’ve grown, who we’ve met, and who has helped us to achieve this monumental goal. Of late, my classmates and I have been doing a lot of reflecting on this last point in particular: who are the…

Diversity, Racial Awareness, and Public Health

Becky Fein, MPH ’12 in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health There’s a buzz around campus, a conversation brewing.  I’ve heard it in classrooms, in offices, in the elevators; people are talking about race. As we all become professionals in the field of public health, students, faculty, and staff alike are wondering where and how to strike up the critical conversations around race and society as it pertains to our personal lives and aspiring careers. One student-led discussion group, the Critical Race Think Tank led by Sharon Washington, MPH 2012, and Dr. Robert Fullilove, took to igniting this conversation around…