Harshini is a senior at William & Mary, majoring in Biology with a minor in Public Health. During her time in college, Harshini has researched on cancer-associated mutations in thyroid hormone receptors. She has written about the issues of human trafficking and sexual abuse in India while working towards her aim of becoming a physician. In Fall 2018, Harshini will be going to medical school where she will continue working on human rights issues and focus on reducing health disparities.
Lydia is a senior at William & Mary, majoring in French and Francophone Studies and minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. Her academic interests include cartography and GIS, human rights in Palestine, and postcolonial studies, especially in francophone North Africa. Last spring, Lydia interned in Brussels, Belgium, supporting a local nonprofit that provides free visa counseling to immigrant communities. Next fall, she anticipates teaching English in France to launch a career geared towards critical cross-cultural engagement.
Thomas is a freshman at William & Mary studying Government and Finance. He is an advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals through serving on the United Nations Association-National Capital Area Sustainable Development Committee. He serves as a research assistant for the Government Department studying the political attitude in Singapore’s Parliament before and after the 2011 “watershed” election. This upcoming summer, he will be studying at the London School of Economics to further his passion for International Development and its effects on the International Political Economy. He is interested in connecting his interests in Sustainable Development with his knowledge in East Asian Politics.
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Shivani Gupta is Senior at the College completing her BA in Public Policy, with a minor in Global Education. She is the Director of External Relations for this year's WMGIC. In Spring 2018, she studied abroad in Jaipur, India through a program on Sustainable Development & Social Change, during which she conducted an independent study of the relationship between empowerment and education for marginalized girls at Prerna School for Girls. This past Winter Break, she was fortunate to help break ground on a primary school in Nepal in partnership with buildOn with a team of W&M students. Her career aspirations include addressing education inequity abroad and working in the field of international development upon graduation.
Macy Punzalan is a third year student at the College of William & Mary, studying Public Health and Biochemistry. She is passionate about resolving health inequities by making healthcare more accessible to vulnerable populations. Macy invests her time in service trips to empower disadvantaged groups both at home and abroad. She also organizes fundraisers to enact change in global health. Her other interests in health policy led her to intern for Senator Mark Warner where she assisted in constituent casework assignments. During the internship, she attended meetings with stakeholders of Senator Warner. Macy was also a Global Health teaching assistant and did an independent study on the Yellow Fever Epidemic of Norfolk in 1855. This upcoming summer, she will attend the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology Occupational Therapy field school in Antigua, Guatemala to gain hands-on experience in infant nutrition. Through this experience, she will be supporting the nourishment of children, evaluating their health status, and aiding in the implementation of therapeutic approaches.
Luci is a first year Graduate Online MBA student at William & Mary who is passionate about human-centered design. She has a passion for holistic healthcare and wellness and organized Fraiche Public, LLC. to create content and products that are wellness focused. Most recently she launched a self-care initiative, Refraichments, which she designed to empower women to engage in self-care and entrepreneurship. She’s a volunteer for the W.E.B DuBois Learning Center in Kansas City, MO where she works with 4th and 5th graders on reading. Additionally, she’s been engaged to act as Program Coordinator for (insert organization here). Luci feels strongly about healthcare in that it should be fundamental to the overall wellness of an individual/society. With a background in Psychology, she understands how important the psyche is and how it can manifest itself by way of health. She has an interest in connecting her skills and interests into actionable and purposeful products and services to inspire well living. She is currently doing independent research on the impacts of external and internal factors on overall health and posts those findings on FraichePublic.com.