Minority Student Caucus
The Minority Student Caucus (MSC) advocates for issues of concern to students of color in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and promotes research and programs aimed at addressing public health issues that affect people of color. Membership is open to all students of color in the School and anyone else who is interested in supporting the Caucus’ mission.
Incoming and outgoing Minority Student Caucus co-presidents sign statement to Gillings community
To continue the dialogue at the Gillings School about racism and structural violence against Black people, the Minority Student Caucus issued this Statement in Response to Anti-Black Racism and Racialized Violence against Black Folx (PDF).
History and Aims
The Minority Student Caucus consists of all students of color in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health who wish to join. The Caucus was founded in the early 1970s as a vehicle for bringing the concerns of minority students to the attention of the School’s administration and for working to attract more students of color to the School. The Caucus founded the Minority Health Conference (MHC) in 1977 and has conducted it annually since then. The Caucus works with the school administration to advocate for the needs of students of color and MSC representatives currently serve on the Dean’s Council, the SPH Alumni Association and other committees throughout the Gillings School.
Minority Health Conference
42nd Annual Minority Health Conference (virtual)
Body & Soul: The Past, Present and Future of Health Activism
February 25 – 26, 2021
Registration is now open.
Connect with us
Questions about the caucus? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020-2021 Executive Board
Co-President: Snigdha Peddireddy
Snigdha Peddireddy (she/her/hers) is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and serves as Co-President for the Minority Student Caucus. She also holds the role of Social Committee Co-Chair for the Department of Health Behavior and is a member of the CUBE 6.0 social venture incubator managed by the Campus Y and Innovate Carolina. Broadly, she is interested in community-engaged research, linking science and policy, and responsible social entrepreneurship. Snigdha is honored to be in a position where she can advocate for the needs of BIPOC students. She looks forward to working with MSC to support DEI and anti-racist efforts on and off-campus!
Co-President: Eliana Armora Langoni
Eliana Armora Langoni (she/her/hers) is a second-year MSPH-to-PhD student in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and serves as Co-President for the Minority Student Caucus. Her research interests include Latinx and Latin American health and mental health. She is interested in the sociopolitical determinants of health, and how we, as public health students and practitioners, can leverage our knowledge and power to promote institutional level change towards health equity. In her role as MSC co-president, she hopes to be an advocate for students of marginalized identities and work towards a more diverse and anti-racist Gillings.
Secretary: Aditi Kamat
Aditi Kamat (she/her/hers) is a second-year graduate student in the Global Health Concentration at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Minority Student Caucus for the 2020-2021 school year. Her research interests include infectious diseases and maternal-child health. In her role in Minority Student Caucus, she hopes to work to create spaces for students of color and allies and advance anti-racist conversations at Gillings.
Education and Community Action Co-Chair: Brandon Adams
Brandon Adams (he/him/his) is a second-year graduate student in the Global Health Concentration at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is currently serving his second consecutive year as the Education and Community Action Co-Chair of the Minority Student Caucus for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. His interests involve racial equity, climate change, animal/environmental health, and zoonotic infectious diseases. In his role in the Minority Student Caucus, he hopes to help provide opportunities and support for professional development and community engagement among the BIPOC students at Gillings.
Education and Community Action Co-Chair: Vanessa Amankwaa
Vanessa Amankwaa (she/her/hers) is a first-year graduate student in the Health Equity, Social Justice, and Human Rights concentration at the Gillings School of Public Health. She is currently serving as the Education and Community Action Co-Chair of the Minority Student Caucus for the 2020-2021 academic year. Her research interests include investigating food insecurity in communities of color, the Black maternal mortality crisis, and the impact of HIV (and other chronic diseases) on mental health. In her role on the Minority Student Caucus, she hopes to assist in the continuation of fostering strong relationships with community members and UNC students through community action and educational development.
Taking Responsibility to Increase Access and Diversity (TRIAD) Co-Chair: Trevor Hamlett
Trevor Hamlett (He/Him/His) is a first-year MPH/Registered Dietitian student in the Nutrition department. He is passionate about preventative health and health equity particularly in the areas of nutrition and fitness. Before coming to Gillings, Trevor was the Director of Healthy Living, a health coach, and a personal trainer at the Northwest Cary YMCA in Cary, NC. He has aspirations of becoming a Registered Dietitian and opening his own wellness center in order to hinder the prevalence of chronic disease and promote healthy lifestyles, particularly in marginalized communities of color.
Taking Responsibility to Increase Access and Diversity (TRIAD) Co-Chair: Eduardo Hernandez
Eduardo Hernandez is a second-year MPH student in the Health Behavior Department. Before grad school, Eduardo served in the City Year Americorps program, participated in the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship through the Congressional Hunger Center, and most recently worked at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) in Washington, DC. Broadly, Eduardo is interested in anti-racist policy advocacy surrounding issues that improve the lives of low-wage workers and immigrant workers. Eduardo hopes to work at the intersection of health and workers’ rights pushing for good social policies that improve worker health, safety, and economic well-being. He is excited to work with Gillings leadership to improve diversity and inclusion efforts at Gillings.
Treasurer: Zamantha Granados
Social Chair: Sophie To
Sophie To (any pronouns) is a second-year doctoral student in Health Behavior. She is interested in relationships between media and health equity, and she has done work in body image, mental health, and chronic diseases. Sophie currently serves as the Social Chair of the Minority Student Caucus for 2020-2021. In this role and with her team, she plans remote and socially distanced events that she hopes will provide a space for fellow BIPOC students at Gillings to build community and unwind.
Publicity Chair: Juhi Chinthapatla
Juhi Chinthapatla (she/her/hers) is a senior in the BSPH Nutrition program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and serves as the publicity chair for Minority Student Caucus. She currently holds a position on the Nutrition Department Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and is co-director of an undergraduate student organization called Flourish. Juhi has special interest in social media marketing and is excited to serve as publicity chair. One of her goals this year is to increase MSC’s social media presence and promote the great work that MSC is doing for BIPOC students!
Historian: Maleka Walker
Maleka Walker is a second-year MSPH/PhD student in the Department of Health Behavior at Gillings. She currently holds the role of Historian for the Minority Student Caucus. She hopes to contribute to the virtual MSC archive documenting the impact and importance of this student group. Her research interests include participatory research and the relationship between communities, racism, and health.
Minority Health Conference Co-Chair: Rachel Singley
Rachel Singley (she/her/hers) is a second-year MSPH/PhD student in the Health Policy and Management Department at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is one of the co-chairs for the 4nd Annual Minority Health Conference. Her research interests include perinatal mental health in Black birthing people. As co-chair for the Minority Health Conference, Rachel is interested in bringing awareness to health disparities in marginalized communities. She is also excited to work with the Minority Student Caucus to make Gillings a more safe and inclusive space for all students of color.
Minority Health Conference Co-Chair: Shewit Weldense
Shewit Weldense is a second-year MSPH student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research interests are addressing maternal health disparities through policy. She is serving as this year’s Minority Health Conference Co-Chair. Shewit is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the largest and longest student-led health conference in the nation.