Former GDB Peer Advisor
Class of 2020
Hello! I'm Austin, I matriculated as a first year GDB student in 2016 and have loved the major ever since! In addition to the GDB major I also am pursuing dual-minors in Public Health Sciences and Human Rights Studies. I am so passionate about the GDB program because it has opened so many doors for me academically, professionally, and even socially. My close connections with my peers and with the advising staff have really allowed me to build a robust support network with which I was able to grow and explore my interests. In addition to working with the advising team I also serve as a Co-Director for Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic where we aim to provide ethical, compassionate, and non-biased care to a patient population of so of the most systematically vulnerable members of our community including but not limited to people who use drugs, who work in the sex economy, are experiencing housing insecurity, and more. I Highly recommend any GDB students interested in health or public health to apply to one of our many student-run clinics, they have certainly shaped my undergraduate experience! In addition, I serve on both the Chancellor's Undergraduate and Student Health Advisory Boards and in both roles have been able to more formally see the necessity of representation and communication; interestingly enough both are core tenants of the one health model of GDB!
If I could tell my freshman self anything it would be that growth happens at a steady pace and it is so vital to reach out of your comfort zone and experience as much as Davis has to offer. Undergrad is such a short time but it is also one of the most impactful.
- B.S. in Global Disease Biology, 2020