We are thrilled to introduce our 2014-2015 Global Health Undergraduate Leadership Committee (GHULC) students! The following spectacular leaders were selected through a competitive process to: 

  • Advise the Global Health minor team and Department of Global Health on curriculum and student interests
  • Assist with event planning including brainstorming and logistics for minor-related events and special projects
  • Identify new and creative ways for outreach in building a strong multidisciplinary undergraduate global health community
  • Act as peer leaders to prospective, current and newly enrolled students
Select from the following:
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Nicole Advani
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Hi! I am Nicole Advani and I am a junior in the Honors Program at UW. I am hoping to major in Medical Anthropology with a minor in Global Health. I am involved in a few clubs around campus, such as USPHA and Global HEED, and now GHULC where I have been able to meet a lot of new people and act on things that I am passionate about. I also absolutely love working at the Global Health Resource Center as the Undergraduate Student Assistant. I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to visit over 25 different countries and live in two! Since I hope to have a career in global health, that number is sure to keep rising! I also love eating, hanging out with friends, watching movies and listening to music. I recently studied abroad in Switzerland for a global health and development policy program and had the time of my life learning and traveling to Morocco and around Europe. Global health is my passion and I am very excited to share my interests with the larger UW community!

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Jasmine Clark
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After a wonderful first two years at the University of Washington, I’m now eagerly looking forward to kicking off year three and continuing my position as a leadership team member of the Global Health Minor. Having always been interested in global health and healthcare in general, I decided to pursue my interests at the university level and am currently a Public Health and Philosophy major minoring in Global Health and Environmental Science and Resource Management. I hope to work in healthcare administration in the future, incorporating sustainable practices into healthcare systems in order to improve the quality of patient care, allow for facility enhancement ultimately resulting in cost reduction, and reduce the overall environmental impact of healthcare facilities and services. I am truly excited to work alongside my fellow leadership team members to provide a range of informational, educational, and career opportunities to both students in the minor and the general UW community. Having benefited from various healthcare systems around the world, I have come to appreciate the beauty of global health and aspire to assist in furthering such so as to allow others to experience much of the same. 

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Manal Jmaileh
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I am honored to be a part of the Global Health Undergraduate Leadership Committee this year! Joining the Global Health minor during my freshman year gave me the "bigger picture" insight I needed to drive my undergraduate career, and a context for many of my interests. Now it is one of the most popular topics while socializing outside of class, because the topics from global health courses are so meaningful that everyone can understand, relate and benefit from listening. As an international studies double major, I was able to relate many of the topics I learned in G H courses to political and social movements discussed in my international studies courses.

Influenced by the suffering I have seen by refugee populations internationally, I am interested in studying the significance and effects of war on health, and the impact of health interventions in the context of global conflict. Additionally, we learned in G H 101 that if we really want to improve global health we must also focus on the economic and systemic inequalities that are at the root of poor health outcomes, as biomedical and behavioral interventions can only achieve so much in countries that are crippled by poverty. These important topics are discussed in many courses in the global health minor.

UW is at the center of many global health organizations, giving global health students here valuable opportunities. Furthermore, I have noticed that my G H courses have the most diverse students of all other classes I have taken at UW. It is interesting to learn from the experience of such a diverse student body, not only diverse ethnically and by background, but also by field of study. G H is very interdisciplinary by nature and it is great to see students come together to help improve health and promote human rights of people internationally. I am very excited to serve on the committee this year and look forward to meeting more students in the minor!

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Nick Rintala
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I could not be more excited and honored to be serving on the Global Health Undergraduate Leadership Committee this year. My interest in global health began during my senior year of high school, when I had the privilege of working on my culminating senior project with researchers at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, the Infectious Disease Research Institute, and the Institute for Systems Biology; it was these researchers who introduced me to the various facets of the global interplay of infectious diseases and human health. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of continuing my interest and education in global health through the global health minor here at UW, in combination with the microbiology program. Down the road, I’m interested in pursuing a career in global medicine and microbiological research focused on the study of the parasite-host relationships intrinsic to infectious diseases and the application of this knowledge in the global fight against infectious diseases. I could not be more excited to be starting out here, on GHULC, both learning more about global health, and contributing to the strong, vibrant, and ever-growing global health program we’re so fortunate to have here at UW.

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Alec Sullivan
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I am a sophomore studying Comparative History of Ideas and minoring in Global Health. I particularly focus on the bridge between global health and the humanities. There are ethical and humanitarian considerations behind all global health decisions: which health problems to tackle first, which solutions have the fewest inequities, the implications for and application of new technologies, etc. I love the interdisciplinarity of the Global Health minor because it allows for collaborative and disciplined approaches to complicated topics. Through GHULC and global health-related events, I hope to continue to connect and engage departments across campus in the topic while shifting discussion from health dilemmas to equitable solutions.

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Annika Van Gilder
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Hello! I'm Annika Van Gilder and this is my third year at the UW. I am from Indiana, where there isn't much global health happening, but where my interest and passion for global health began. My desire to engage with global communities and learn about the context of global inequalities led me to pursue the global health minor at the UW. I've since discovered just how intricate and evolving the field of global health is since I moved to Seattle. The UW is home to so many global health related clubs and organizations that I see a huge value in combining efforts in innovation and problem solving to tackle global health issues students are passionate about. My motivation to join the Global Health Undergraduate Leadership Committee was to engage students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds with global health issues. I hope biology, engineering, anthropology, nursing, law, and history students -- plus more! -- will come together to help advance health rights around the world and in our own community, with the understanding that global health principles affect local and global contexts. I'm very excited to see how the UW global health "family" will continue to add its voice and ideas to the field over the next year! In the meantime, I am studying Medical Anthropology at the UW with the hope that a combination of ecological and cultural studies will guide future global health policies and practices.