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GPP Staff Advisors and Peer Advisors are available to meet with students to discuss any questions they have regarding the GPP Minor. The GPP Peer Advisors are undergraduate students who have completed a majority of the requirements for the GPP Minor, including the Practice Experience. They are a great resource to seek information about what the Minor entails, selecting a Practice Experience, course planning, and much more.

We encourage prospective students to meet with GPP Advisors before they apply to declare the Minor. Students declared in the Minor should check in regularly with the Advisors for guidance on ensuring regular progress towards completing the Minor.

Email to set up an in-person or phone advising appointment if you’re not available for Drop-In Advising Hours.

Drop-in Advising hours are:

Monday & Wednesday: 10:00am – 12:00pm; 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 12:00pm
100 H Blum Hall

Meet the Advisors

Major: MCB Immunology

Year: Junior

Practice Experience: For my practice experience, I went to Mumbai, India for a summer as part of the Berkeley Global Internships Program! I worked at an NGO called Doctors for You, which provides medical service and community healthcare to populations in crisis. I was interested in a lot of different projects, but my favorite was helping design a research study to investigate why malnutrition recovery differs between traditional slums and slum resettlement colonies in Mumbai.  

GPP Elective Courses Taken: I haven’t completed any yet!

Activities: Member of the California Golden Overtones, Chief of Staff in the ASUC Senate, Research Assistant at the Robey Lab, Pre-Med Honor Society

About Me: Hi! My name is Shraddha and I’m from San Jose, California. A few of my favorite things include singing, hiking, reading, beaches, sci-fi movies, road trips, and making to-do lists! I’m super excited to be a GPP Peer Advisor this year. This minor has enriched my experience at UCB and has helped me develop a clearer worldview. I’m really interested in studying diseases and how human factors (such as poverty) aid in their transmission. My experience in Mumbai taught me a lot about what healthcare looks when dealing with some of the poorest urban populations in the world. I always love conversations about poverty and society, but if you have any specific questions/interests (such as classes to take at Berkeley, living and working abroad, healthcare NGO’s, India, or the GPP minor in general), I’d be happy to share my personal experiences and advice. I look forward to meeting you all!

Major: Public Health

Year: Junior

Practice Experience: I worked with the Society for Nutrition, Education, and Health Action (SNEHA) in Mumbai, India, for 8 weeks in the summer of 2019. SNEHA works in the slums of Mumbai through an integrated service delivery model addressing maternal and child health, adolescent empowerment, malnutrition, and prevention of domestic violence. As a public health major, I was interested in learning about how NGOs provide public health services to low-income populations. I worked with the Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation team to examine solutions to obstacles in service delivery and program implementation. I learned a lot about the inner workings of NGOs and the challenges that arise from operating in low-resource settings.

GPP Elective Courses Taken: IAS 196 (field study course taken at a local university in Mumbai); Public Health 150D (Community Health)

Activities: Asha for Education (Outreach Chair, Images of India DeCal Facilitator); Fung Fellow; TA for the Field Study Internship (part of the HMAP program); volunteer scribe at Tom Waddell Urban Health Clinic; research assistant at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital 

About Me: Hi everyone! My name is Kamu and I’m a junior here at Berkeley originally from Fremont, CA. I’m a pre-med public health major with a deep interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, so I love learning about how healthcare intersects with other fields. Minoring in GPP has taught me so much about public health and development — I could not have made a better choice! After graduation, I hope to earn my MPH and then attend medical school. I’ve explored a lot of different facets surrounding healthcare, so if you’re remotely interested in any of them, I’m sure we can learn a lot from each other! Outside of school and the activities listed above, I love trying out new restaurants in Berkeley/SF (especially brunch places!), exploring the city, journaling, taking pictures, being outside in the California sun, petting dogs, and napping. I know choosing a PE/major or even just being at Cal can be really overwhelming sometimes. I’m here to help you figure it out, or just listen :). If you ever want to talk about pre-med, public health, GPP, food, books, college, life, anything at all, come by the Blum Center –– I can’t wait to meet you! 

Major: Development Studies, minors in GPP & Journalism

Year: Senior

Practice Experience: In summer 2018, I interned for Community Bridges in Santa Cruz, California on a project called “The Economic Justice Alliance.” This project was focused on empowering and organizing low income workers, and helping them navigate the legal system of filing wage claims. In particular, we geared our services toward undocumented workers who faced the intersection of both labor law and immigration law. It involved a lot of collaboration with other non profits and legal agencies, including the Watsonville Law Center and the CRLA. My tasks included setting up meetings for the steering committee, designing and distributing flyers for our services, hosting legal workshops and hiring educators for those workshops. Through my practice experience, I got an in depth view of how non profits collaborate and work with one another and how different goals and budgets can affect that dynamic. I also learned a lot about labor law and the significant patterns of labor exploitation in Santa Cruz County. 

GPP Elective Courses Taken: Public Policy C103: Wealth and Poverty (with Robert Reich), Sociology 127: Development and Globalization, Ethnic Studies 159AC: The Southern Border, History 146: Latin American Women, PoliSci 148A: Latin American Politics, Sociology C126: Sex, Death, and Data

Activities: Founder, Writer and Assistant Editor for The Free Peach, Long time participant of and Leadership Team member of Songwriting at Berkeley, Usher at the Greek Theater

About Me: Hi! My name is Kelsey Ferrell and I am originally from Santa Cruz, California. I’m a senior here at Berkeley, where I’m majoring in Development Studies and minoring in both Global Poverty & Practice and Journalism. My biggest passion is the power to be found in sharing true stories. I find this intersection in the subjects I study, but all of my hobbies also stem from this interest. I’m an active member of Songwriting at Berkeley and compose my own music, even releasing a Spotify published album this past year. I love the riot grrrl genre and combine it with a more traditional singer-songwriter style. My favorite part of music is getting to write my own lyrics and tell my stories creatively. I also write satire for The Free Peach, a publication my friends and I founded as the premier satire magazine at Cal. I love how satire is fictional, yet also tells a deeper and purer form of truth. Writing satire is also how I got into comedy. Most recently, I have begun writing and performing my own stand-up sets. It’s so much fun! I also love making memes, arts and crafts, seeing concerts, running, podcasts, good movies and TV, reading memoirs, learning about outer space and the deep sea, and baking sweet treats. Please feel free to come talk to me about anything! I’ve taken many courses that count at GPP electives, so ask me about any of them! I’m very excited to meet all of you. 

Major: Political Science

Year: Senior

Practice Experience: I completed my Practice Experience during my junior year for 6 months in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I worked as an intern at Urban Light, an anti-trafficking organization dedicated to supporting men and boys who are at-risk or directly affected by sexual exploitation in the local community. My role as an intern consisted of supporting clients and staffing daily activities at the Urban Light Drop-In Center, from vocational skills trainings to art therapy workshops. I also planned and facilitated events to educate the local tourist and expat community about salient human rights issues in the region, and the way that tourism can affect child rights, contribute to cycles of trafficking, and exacerbate socio-economic vulnerability. I remain incredibly inspired by Urban Light’s participatory approach to working with a population so often left behind by global anti-trafficking efforts, and am deeply grateful for the connections I made with the clients and staff at Urban Light.

GPP Elective Courses Taken: PUBPOL C103 – Wealth & Poverty, GLOBAL 150Q – Special Topics in Asia, LEGALST 154 – Human Rights, Research & Practice, UGBA 192T – Topics in Corporate Social Responsibility

Activities: Anti-Trafficking Coalition at Berkeley (BATC), Human Rights Center Fellowship, Mildred Jordan Sharp Scholarship

About Me: Hi everyone! I’m Sophie, a 4th year Political Science student from Oakland, California who is incredibly passionate about all things GPP. While I declared the GPP minor my freshman year, I spent my first two years at Berkeley drifting between majors. In that time, the core and elective classes I took for GPP eventually pointed me in an academic direction I was excited about.

I knew I wanted to have an “alternative” study abroad experience– ideally, one where I was interacting directly with local communities rather than sitting in a classroom all day– so I decided to take the spring 2019 semester to complete my PE, and made a home in Chiang Mai, Thailand for 6 months while working with Urban Light. In preparation for my PE, I took a Thai language course here on campus and continued my Thai language studies throughout my time in Chiang Mai. If you are considering pursuing a PE for an extended period of time, or language is a concern for you, I would love to share my experience with you!

My time at Urban Light and as a fellow with the Human Rights Center here on campus has instilled in me a fierce passion for child rights and protection. If you are interested in child rights, anti-trafficking work, or just want to say hello, please drop in to my advising hours. I’d love to meet you!

Major: Public Health

Year: Senior

Practice Experience: I chose the East Bay Sanctuary Clinic located here in Berkeley as my PE. The EBSC is a non-profit legal clinic that offers low-cost legal services. Clients are primarily from Latin America and usually speak either Spanish or Mam. The EBSC is a place of sanctuary and solidarity for the refugee community and the immigrant community at large. As a volunteer, I primarily assist by interpreting for clients during their asylum prep interviews with lawyers. I have also aided in translating documents, designing workshop flyers, and helping with fundraisers and workshops that provide clients with knowledge about their rights and resources. As I spent more time at the EBSC, I attended trainings that have allowed me to work on some applications for clients. Whether it’s providing wait room assistance, helping case workers, or organizing files, I have been able to collaborate with fellow EBSC member to provide a welcoming and accessible space to this community.

GPP Elective Courses Taken: Public Health 150E – Introduction to Urban & Community Health, Ethnic Studies 180L – Engineered Inequality: Race, Criminality, and Technology

Activities: Legal Intern, Assistant at the California Dept. of Public Health, Intern for the City of Berkeley’s Public Health Division, Berkeley Free Clinic Volunteer, Tutor

About Me:  Hi all, my name is Jaqueline. I’m a second year transfer student from San Diego. I’m interested in the social and structural inequities that marginalized groups face and how that impacts their quality of life. After graduating, I hope to study abroad in Latin America and then pursue an M.D. When I’m not studying or taking on a new activity, I enjoy watching Netflix and consuming copious amounts of coffee or boba tea. As a peer advisor, I can share my experience as a transfer student. Feel free to come in and chat, especially if you are interested in the GPP program. I may not have the answer but can promise guiding you in the right direction. I’m here to help you navigate your path when it comes to choosing a PE or electives. From my experience, the options are endless! I sometimes felt that I didn’t have time to pursue this minor but it is possible and you have a lot of freedom to explore other electives, given some planning and preparation. Looking forward to meeting you!

Major: Anthropology

Year: Senior

Practice Experience: Yayasan Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) and Health In Harmony (HIH) is where I did my Practice Experience in Sukadana Indonesia, on the island of Borneo. The local organization, ASRI, works to provide quality and affordable health care combined with conservation efforts by limiting illegal logging through a variety of programs and community outreach. My role was in marketing and education. I designed classroom material for their after school education programs, designed materials for community outreach, and went on site visits to see the different programs they lead and their impact on the community.”

GPP Elective Courses Taken: ESPM 165: International Rural Development Policy

Activities: Intern at Health in Harmony, Cal Running Club

About Me: Hello! My name is Mia Plude, and I am a California native having grown up in Davis. My journey getting to Cal has not been an easy one. When I first graduated from high school I went to art school for a year in New York before dropping out. I then went to City College in Sacramento for two years while working as an assistant teacher and a nanny. Finally I made it to Cal as a transfer student where I have met some amazing people and had some of the most interesting classes of my college career. While this may not have been the easiest method for getting an undergraduate degree it has given me a wide breadth of experience as both a young professional, a student, and a person. Some of my interests still include art, as well as going running, and being outdoors whether it is a beach or a mountain. If you have any questions about the transition to Cal, or anything else, I am happy to help in any way that I can!

Major: Public Health

Year: Senior

Practice Experience: During the summer of 2019, I interned with the Uganda Village Project, a nongovernmental organization in Iganga, Uganda that promotes public health and sustainable development in rural communities of this marginalized district. I conducted my work in Itanda Kinu village–home to 3,000 people living in roughly 250 households. My roles included (1) conducting detailed needs assessments (house to house visits, baseline and follow-up surveys, community meetings, interviews) (2) collaborating with the local government and various community-based organizations to maximize community ownership and development solutions (3) facilitating educational outreaches in the community and at local primary and secondary schools on UVP’s five main programs (WASH, HIV/AIDS, malaria, family planning, obstetric fistula) (4) mobilizing community members to protect existing water sources and (5) training the Village Health Team (VHT), a group of five community health workers in the village, in general public health knowledge (safe water, hygiene, sanitation, HIV/AIDS, malaria, family planning, reproductive health, obstetric fistula) to ensure that UVP’s mission is achieved year round. Working with UVP gave me an opportunity to meet people from different cultures, social backgrounds, and political perspectives, enhanced my understanding of global health as a multidisciplinary field, allowed me to experience firsthand the challenges of grassroots public health work, and pushed me to think critically about my role as a leader in the movement for global health equity.

GPP Elective Courses Taken: ESPM 163AC/Sociology 137AC: Environmental Justice – Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment; Public Health 150B: Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences; Public Health 150D: Introduction to Health Policy and Management

Activities: Camp Kesem Berkeley, Student Assistant at the UC Berkeley Early Childhood Education Program, Suitcase Clinic

About Me: Hello! My name is Tatum and I am from Mission Viejo, CA. I am a Public Health major interested in pursuing a career in either hospital administration or public policy, working to advance healthy and sustainable communities and aspiring to remove barriers affecting an individual’s access to health care. I am a big fan of road trips, musicals, concerts, cute coffee shops, picnics in the park, hiking, surfing, running, and reading. Come talk to me about GPP, your interests, your passions, or anything else you feel like sharing–I am so so excited to meet each and every one of you! See you soon!

Major: Social Welfare

Year: Senior 

Practice Experience: My practice experience was at MISSSEY Inc. which is an anti human trafficking organization out in Oakland. I volunteered at MISSSEY for 6 months, starting in the spring of 2019 and ended during the summer. I worked in the drop-in center which is a space for women and children to come for resources (housing, financial aid, education, employment) or just to hang out. My responsibilities were to interact with the women and children, assist with donations and work on small projects for the center. Essentially, I’ve done whatever my managers needed me to do for the day in order to keep the center running smoothly. Through my practice experience, I was able to work with an organization that brings awareness to human trafficking (which is an issue that’s rarely talked about) and interact with a community that’s different from mine. By spending time in the center, I was also able to hear a lot of the women’s stories, witness issues of poverty, violence and institutional barriers many faced.

GPP Elective Courses Taken: Sectors and Methods: Public Health 101: A Sustainable World: Challenges and Opportunities (Spring 2018) Global and Areas Studies: African American Studies W111: Race, Class and Gender (Summer 2019)

Activities: Global Medical Training, Cal Rotaract, Grant a Wish

About Me: Hey! My name is Angela and I’m actually a super senior (I love CAL so much, I decided to stay another year *winks*). I’m originally from LA but grew up in Salinas, CA right on the outskirts of Monterey county. I’m an ex pre-med, social welfare major with a passion for public health. I have quite a bit of experience with volunteer work both locally and internationally. I’ve been to 2 medical service trips abroad (Panama and Nicaragua) so if you have any questions about that, I’d be glad to help! For post grad, I’m actually planning on becoming a PA and later integrating myself into the public health sphere…if not, going for my MPH! I’ve always been interested in health, human rights and wanted to help others no matter what I do. Taking on the GPP minor has been one of the best decisions I’ve made at CAL. Not only did it allow me to indulge in my interests of other cultures and women’s rights/health through my PE, I’ve been exposed to a plethora of poverty alleviation, pushed to think about various issues and observe different perspectives. There’s always something to learn about the world in GPP! Outside of school, I love music, good tv shows, hiking, kickboxing, pottery, doggos and spending time with friends/family. If you have any questions about GPP, my own experiences (why I’m no longer pre-med or staying a 5th year) or just navigating life at CAL feel free to stop by! If you just want to chat or give me good music/tv show recommendations I’m down for that too 🙂 Truly excited to speak to you all and learn more about your unique experiences and passions.

Spring 2020 Drop-in Advising Schedule

10:00amSophie, ShraddhaNo AdvisingKamuNo AdvisingAngela
10:30amSophie, ShraddhaNo AdvisingKamuNo AdvisingAngela
11:00amSophieNo AdvisingKamu, TatumNo AdvisingAngela, Mia
11:30amSophieNo AdvisingTatumNo AdvisingAngela, Mia
12:00pmNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo Advising
12:30pmNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo Advising
1:00pmNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo Advising
1:30pmKelseyTatumMiaKelseyNo Advising
2:00pmKelseyTatum, JaquelineShraddha, MiaSophie, KelseyNo Advising
2:30pmKelsey, KamuTatum, JaquelineShraddha, MiaSophieNo Advising
3:00pmKelsey, KamuTatum, JaquelineShraddha, MiaJaqueline, AngelaNo Advising
3:30pmKamuJaquelineShraddhaJaqueline, AngelaNo Advising


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