Category: Network Scholars

Jennifer Woo Baidal, MD, MPH

“I want to live in a world where, if you’re on one side of the city, country, or globe, you don’t see these stark health differences for children.”

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Leah Robinson, PhD, is a professor of Movement Science at the University of Michigan.

Leah Robinson, PhD

“I want to use my research to inform educational and health policies that could affect the health and well-being of children across the U.S. and across their lifespan.”

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Sarah Gonzalez-Nahm, PhD

“My heritage motivates me to want to help people in whatever way I can.”

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Caryn Bell, PhD

“I want what I do to inform social justice efforts to address those social and cultural issues that lead to disparate outcomes.”

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Kelsie Okamura, PhD

“I noticed early on in my childhood that there was a disparity between some of the kids I grew up with because of the supports that were afforded to me versus some of the other families that were struggling.”

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Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD

"I am a survivor of violence and sexual assault, so that deeply motivates me to continue my work."

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Bethany M. (bee) Coston, PhD

"I am a survivor of violence and sexual assault, so that deeply motivates me to continue my work."

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Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD

I want to better understand the factors that influence obesity in the African-American community. I don’t want to just have the conversation; I want to create action in these communities.

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Enrique Neblett

Growing up in East Orange — a predominantly African American suburb of Newark, New Jersey — Enrique Neblett credits his strong work ethic and core education values to his mother, who was an educator. However, it wasn’t until he attended a predominantly white institution in seventh grade that he started realizing what would become his research passion and life’s work. As he recalls, “I was one of the few black students there. I didn’t know it at the time, but issues of race and class were very different from what I was accustomed to in my home environment.”

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Lauren Au

A lifelong San Francisco Bay Area resident, Lauren pursued a pre-dental major during her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Though she didn’t realize it at the time, she was gaining a grounding in subjects that would be pivotal to her work later on, including classes in biology, organic chemistry, and nutrition.

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