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Diversity & Student Success Featured Scholars

Explore participant scholars from all the DSS initiatives.

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Karthik Adapa

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - Karthik Adapa

    Karthik Adapa is a MPH student in the Department of Health Policy Management. He is a Fulbright Master’s scholar and a member of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the premier civil service of India.  1. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a program/place to study? The strong foundations in understanding issues in public health and ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Charlene Finley

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - Charlene Finley

    Charlene Finley is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information and Library Science 1. What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree? Pursuing a PhD has always been an ultimate goal of mine. I have always enjoyed being part of the academic community, and this happened to be the right season in my life to do ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Sofia Farah

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - Sofia Farah

    Sofia Farah is a Master’s student in the Global Studies program. She is a global grad from Temuco, in the south of Chile. 1. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a program/place to study? I chose Global Studies because it is an innovative and flexible program oriented to professionals working in non-academic settings. Also, I ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Alli Schad

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - Alli Schad

    Alli Schad is a final year Master’s student in the School of Social Work, specializing in integrated health care, mental health, and addiction treatment. 1. What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree? I wholeheartedly believe in the unlimited potential of all people and the duty we have to support each other’s wellbeing. My belief ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Connor Lawrence

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - Connor Lawrence

    Connor Lawrence is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geological Sciences 1. What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed in transitioning from military life to civilian life? In the military, the success of the unit depended upon everyone completing a minimum set of goals. When I started at West Point, we were quickly taught the phrase, “Cooperate and ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Jennifer Rangel

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - Jennifer Rangel

    Jennifer Rangel is a Master’s candidate in the Department of City & Regional Planning. She is a member of UNC’s Latin@ Education Research Hub in the School of Education and a member of the UNC Women of Worth Events Committee. 1. What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree? First, in order to be able to ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Zainab Alidina

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - Zainab Alidina

    Zainab Alidina is a global grad in the Masters of Public Health program, focusing on Maternal and Child Health. She was born in Tanzania and has lived significant parts of her life in both the UK and Canada. 1. What made you choose UNC/NC when deciding on a program/place to study? UNC’s Public Health program is renowned ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Scott Brees

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - Scott Brees

    Scott Brees is a doctoral candidate in the Public Policy program. After 20 years of active duty as a Naval Intelligence Officer overseas, he and his family returned to the U.S, settling in Chapel Hill. 1. What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed in transitioning from military life to civilian life? I still find myself acting overly ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Yesenia Merino

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - Yesenia Merino

    Yesenia Merino is a doctoral student in the Health Behavior program in the School of Public Health 1. What made you decide to pursue a graduate degree? After working in various realms of public health for years, I decided to go back to school for two main reasons: 1) I had started to develop research questions of ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Drew Williams

    Drew Williams is a doctoral student in the School of Social Work. What is the biggest difference you’ve noticed in transitioning from military life to civilian life? I have enjoyed the more relaxed pace of civilian life, especially in the academic community where I have more time to think constructively and creatively in finding solutions to pressing ...