GDB Peer Advisor (She/Her)
Hi! My name is Indira D’Souza and I am a second year GDB major with intended minors in Music and Human Rights Studies. I chose GDB because it aligns with my goal to work in public health in the future. Within public health, I am very interested in health disparities as a result of societal and historical inequalities. Global public health and increasing access to healthcare and resources in developing countries is another field that I am excited about. I feel that Global Disease Biology gives students a strong science background and understanding of the disease process, while the restricted elective courses allow each student to find their “specialty” and learn what they are passionate about!
Outside of classes, I am involved with the University Honors Program and Davis Chamber Choir. I am the incoming Treasurer for Students for Reproductive Freedom and the Co-Outreach Director of R.I.V.E.R. at UC Davis, organizations which promote health through political action and community education. In addition, I am a new volunteer with Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic, which provides unbiased healthcare to the most vulnerable members of the community. For me, one of the most exciting parts of my college experience is being involved in organizations where I can do meaningful work and make friends at the same time!
Currently, I do developmental psychology research with the Social Environment & Stress Lab. Research opportunities abound at UC Davis, and I would love to share my experience with finding the right lab to fit my interests and my schedule. I am super excited to work with y’all and help you reach your goals within our amazing, interdisciplinary major!