CofC Honors sophomore Jasmine Shabazz lives by the philosophy that every new endeavor is another opportunity to learn, grow and connect with others who can help her on her academic journey.
This approach helps explain why she participates – and excels – in so many different programs and activities across campus and far beyond. As a member of the Honors College and the William Aiken Fellows Society, Shabazz is pursuing a double-major in biology and public health with a minor in Spanish.
She is also a recipient of a Ketner Emerging Leaders Scholarship, a program established by businesswoman, community leader and philanthropist Linda Ketner, which provides financial assistance to students interested in women’s and gender studies as well as social justice, public service and civil leadership.
A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Shabazz says her goal is to channel her interests in social justice issues and science into a career as a physician.
“I plan to enroll in medical school and pursue an M.D./M.P.H. dual-degree program. I want to become a maternal-fetal specialist because of the health inequities that specifically impact Black-American and Latina mothers,” she says. “I also plan to pursue work in reproductive justice advocacy sometime in my career.”
It was her strong interest in health care inequities that prompted Shabazz to recently apply for and win acceptance to a prestigious leadership conference taking place at Harvard University this month. Hosted by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Public Policy and Leadership Conference is aimed at inspiring talented first- and second-year undergraduate students to pursue careers in public policy. [Read more about Jasmine’s Fulbright Summer Institute experience here]
“I hope that this program will give me clarity on how I can bridge the gaps between medicine, public health and health policy as an aspiring physician,” she says.
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