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Advising and Mentoring

Advising is something that many of us in the DREAM Office are passionate about! The DREAM Office provides a variety of services to support prospective students who have faced historical, economic and educational barriers. We currently have two professional staff—Durrain Ansari-Yan and Michelle Azurin—who are available for advising appointments. Both Durrain and Michelle are alumnae of the MPH program, having been through and successfully completed the program, are happy to provide you with their insight! Connect with Durrain and Michelle through

We are available to meet with you in-person or via email, phone, Google Hangouts or Skype!

Not sure exactly what you want to ask? Check out the DREAM Office’s YouTube channel for questions you may not know you had!

We are also happy to chat about:

  • Finding your passion in public health
  • Programs at UC Berkeley School of Public Health
  • How to make yourself a strong applicant for graduate school
  • Application questions
  • Financial aid
  • Graduate student life, including student groups, resources, and school-life balance

Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Services (GRADS) Program

The Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Services (GRADS) Program is the peer-advising arm of the DREAM Office. In alignment with the mission of the DREAM Office, the goal of the GRADS Program is to foster diversity within the student population at the School of Public Health by connecting prospective applicants with graduate students who may have faced barriers in applying to graduate school, may have been the first in their family to attend graduate school and/or understand what it is like to overcome barriers in accessing higher education.

We strongly encourage prospective students who are from social or cultural backgrounds underrepresented in public health graduate education, or those who have faced challenges due to cultural or family background, economic resources, age or other circumstances, to contact the GRADS Program.

Our GRADS team is led by two stellar GRADS coordinators, who manage our team of 30+ GRADS Ambassadors. The GRADS Coordinators will be your first point of contact and help direct you to the appropriate ambassador or resource! Our GRADS Ambassadors are available to provide application advice, support, and a current student perspective over the course of the admissions cycle. GRADS Ambassadors are available in person and via phone, text or email to converse with prospective applicants as they navigate the application process. Check out all of our GRADS Ambassadors student profiles to see if there is someone that you may want to connect with.

Please email us anytime or call us during normal business hours to schedule an appointment or ask a question. We look forward to hearing from you!

2019-2020 GRADS Coordinators

Vanessa Gomez and Gathenji Njoroge
Phone: (510) 643-7900

2019-2020 GRADS Ambassadors

Go to the directory of GRADS Ambassadors

Admissions Workshops and Outreach

You can find our team tabling at conferences, such as the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education and our very own Fall Prospective Student Conference in October. We also host workshops at various schools and partner organizations nationwide about public health, graduate school, admissions information, application advising, and career opportunities. If you are interested in attending one of our outreach events or having us come to your school or host a workshop, please contact us at or fill out our outreach request form.

Don’t forget to stay connected with the DREAM Office by following us on Facebook and Instagram.

Job and Internship Opportunities

Are you looking to gain more experience in the public health field before committing to graduate school? In addition to chatting with our advising team about potential opportunities and experience that may help you figure out your niche within public health; you can sign up for our

Monthly newsletter. This resource is laden with examples of public health, spotlights of current students and alumni and many volunteer, job and internship opportunities to help you decide if public health is the best fit for you.