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Global Health in Action: Alumni Career Panel

November 30, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Global Health in Action: Alumni Career Panel

GHI Associate for Experiential Education Maria Moreno moderates a panel of global health graduates.

Kayla Sippel (she/her) completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with Honors in Research and certificates in Global Health, Leadership and African Studies. Sippel currently lives outside of San Jose, Costa Rica and works as the Social Emotional Health Fellowship Coordinator with the PATCH program, under the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, while also teaching English online and working as a freelance outreach specialist for the University for Peace Centre for Executive Education. Previously, Sippel worked as an advocate at a domestic violence shelter, served as an environmental education intern at a community garden and as an advocate for improved mental health services for youth and young adults. In between these positions, she spent nine months solo traveling around Southeast Asia, and loves to read, cook and meet new places, people and foods.

Marjorie Kersten (she/her) completed her Bachelors in Science in Community and Environmental Sociology and a certificate in Global Health and is currently a Masters in Public Health candidate in the Community Health Sciences division with a concentration in Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kersten works as a Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. Angela Odoms-Young in the Nutrition, Obesity, and Health Equity (NOHE) Research Group where she leads a grant to improve breastfeeding access for Black and Latinx individuals and assists with evaluation for the national AHEAD in WIC project. She also works as a Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. Saria Lofton in the Community-Led Health Equity and Food Justice (CHEFA) Research Group on a variety of community food systems and informal food network projects. Prior to beginning her Master’s degree, Kersten worked as the Curriculum and Quality Specialist for Healthy Living programs at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. In this role, she led curriculum design, staff training, program evaluation and continuous quality improvement initiatives for over 50 program sites within the Association. Kersten began her career in Chicago as an AmeriCorps VISTA Health and Nutrition Coordinator at the Greater Chicago Food Depository where she promoted food access and food literacy throughout Chicago. She has worked extensively on food systems projects domestically and globally and is interested in community-based participatory research, food systems, environmental justice and health.  

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November 30, 2021
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm