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Diversity & Student Success Featured Scholars

Explore participant scholars from all the DSS initiatives.

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Giovanny Rincon

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - Giovanny Rincon

    Giovanny Rincon, a master’s student in global studies, was in the Colombian Army Academy in 1999. He holds a master’s degree in political studies and has contributed to peace processes in Colombia. He has worked at the United Nations Development Programme, where he supported transitional justice projects, and recently served as the Prevention Component Coordinator ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Trusha Taneja

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - Trusha Taneja

    Dr. Trusha Taneja is a master of professional science (PSM) student in the Carolina Health Informatics Program. As a pharmacist, she is driven toward using technology to make the healthcare system safer, affordable and more efficient. What made you choose UNC-Chapel Hill when deciding on a program/place to study?  In my search for a program best suited ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Daniel Reyes

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - Daniel Reyes

    Daniel Reyes, a master’s student in folklore, is a filmmaker with interests in documentary film, Latinx diaspora of the South and the diverse traditional music genres of Texas and Mexico, including Conjunto, Cumbia and Corridos. He recently co-produced Cantina, a short documentary about La Perla, one of the last Tejano bars in East Austin, Texas ...

  • Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Rachel Wilbur

    Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Rachel Wilbur

      Rachel Wilbur is a doctoral student in anthropology. Her research interests lie in the impact of historical trauma and social determinants on the health of contemporary Native American and Alaska Native peoples. Her dissertation research seeks to elucidate and document the pathways through which a family history of Federal Indian Boarding School attendance may continue ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Anavir Shermon

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - Anavir Shermon

    Anavir Shermon is a doctoral student in the Strategy Ph.D. Program within Kenan-Flagler Business School. He spent his early years in Mumbai, India before moving to Toronto, Canada, and he completed his bachelor’s degree in industrial and operations engineering in 2017 at the University of Michigan. “I enjoy taking on big questions and systematically working ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Amy Glazier

    Amy Glazier is a doctoral student in physics and astronomy. She studies potentially habitable planets in our galaxy using the Evryscope, the first gigapixel-scale all-sky telescope that images the entire visible sky every two minutes, designed and constructed by associate professor Nicholas Law’s group at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a 2019 NASA/North Carolina Space Grant ...

  • Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Carly Moreno

    Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Carly Moreno

    Carly Moreno is a doctoral candidate in the marine sciences department. Her research focuses on polar phytoplankton ecophysiology; in particular, investigating molecular mechanisms that underlie their ability to survive in the Southern Ocean. She previously earned her master’s degree in marine sciences from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2015 and was a Gates Millennium Fellow. What made you ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – David Pope

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - David Pope

    David Pope is a doctoral student in health policy and management within the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is also the chief operating officer of Scotland Health Care System in Laurinburg, N.C. He served as a Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps from 2005-2009, and deployed to Al Anbar, Iraq with Second Battalion, ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – David Hervas

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - David Hervas

    David Hervas Aguilar, a doctoral student in physics and astronomy, completed his bachelor of science degree in physics at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), in his home country of Ecuador. He has served as a high school teacher in Ecuador and as a teaching assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill and USFQ. In addition, he has ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Annie Francis

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar - Annie Francis

    Annie Francis is a fourth-year doctoral student in the School of Social Work. Her research focuses on understanding the factors that contribute to disproportionality among American Indian children and families involved in the child welfare system. She is also a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholar. What made you choose UNC-Chapel Hill when deciding on ...