Graduate Student Ambassadors
The GCH Graduate Student Ambassadors represent the Department of Global and Community Health to prospective MPH, MS and Certificate students to George Mason University. Read more about our ambassadors, and email questions you have for them to email@example.com.
MPH, Public Health Communication
Asra is third-year MPH candidate, concentrating in Public Health Communication. She is currently serving as a GCH Ambassador and President of Graduate Students for Public Health (GSPH). Asra is a Patriot through and through, having also received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health, concentrating in Global Health in May 2017. Her public health interests include HIV advocacy, combating the substance-use epidemic, increasing recovery and behavioral health, and social justice in public health. She has interned at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and serves as a National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Ambassador with Advocates for Youth. Asra also works as the Graduate Assistant for Health and Wellness Education with Mason’s health promotion office and mentors 10-20 undergraduate Peer Health Educator in this position. Outside of work and school, Asra enjoys attending live shows/concerts, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be part of the Ambassador’s program and is looking forward to meeting incoming students at future events.
MPH, Public Health Communication
Aya graduated from George Mason University with a BS in Community Health and a minor in Health Communication, and now concentrating in Public Health Communication for the MPH. She works as a Graduate Professional Assistant in the office of Learning Services on campus. In her free time she enjoys watching crime and comedy shows and movies, writing, drawing, running, and sleeping. Through her work in public health she wants to educate all people nationally and internationally on how to take care of their health. She loves the field of public health because it is so broad -- anything and everything can affect one's health. She is excited to meet propsective students and to make positive change together!
Makala is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program and University Honors Program from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Cum Laude. In summer 2018, she interned at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CCDPHP) in the Public Health Leadership Fellowship Program (PHLFP) through Morehouse College to chase her dream of becoming a public health professional at the government level. In summer 2019, she served as a Research Assistant at The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in the Kennedy Krieger Institute Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP). Her long-term career goal is to serve 20 years as a Public Health Officer in the Air Force, obtain a PhD in public health, and a Masters of Divinity to become a Chaplain in the Air Force to pursue pastoral care.
MPH, Food Security and Nutrition
Heather is pursuing a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Food Security and Nutrition. Heather received her undergraduate in Biology from Virginia Tech in 2014, after which she served 2 years as a Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent in Peace Corps Senegal. During her time as a Peace Corps volunteer, she worked closely with rural farmers and women's groups teaching improved agricultural techniques and nutrition. Heather now works at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Pesticide Programs where her work focuses primarily on understanding agricultural usage of pesticides. She has additional work experience teaching children chemistry, nutrition, and English; working in both drug chemistry and paleontology labs; and working for FEMA during the disaster relief in Puerto Rico following hurricane Maria. Her academic interests include researching global food systems, improving food access, and behavior change regarding nutritional choices.
Tatum is extremely excited to start her journey as an MPH student at Mason this year. After majoring in Biomathematics at VCU, she knew that Epidemiology was the concentration she would thrive in. Tatum stays busy by being a Graduate Research Assistant and working part time. In her free time she enjoys exploring different restaurants and going to concerts. She can’t wait to share her experience with potential graduate students and show them why Mason is the best place to pursue an MPH!
MPH, Global Health
Pedro is passionate about improving global public health. In addition to balancing part-time graduate school with full-time employment, Pedro serves as the current Vice President of Graduate Students for Public Health as well as serving as an Ambassador for This is Public Health campaign. His professional work revolves around the United Nations and the World Bank as he is a current fellow trainee member of these two institutions. Pedro aspires to work for organizations such as the World Bank, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, or with the Ministry of Health for his native country, Mexico.