The DREAM Office has a close knit team of staff and students who work together to support all students from underrepresented backgrounds during their time at BPH.
Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer; Interim Director, DREAM Office
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Abby has been in the health care /public health workforce for over 40 years. She has worked in a variety of settings addressing a variety of public health issues with diverse communities, domestically and internationally. Some examples of her work include developing and implementing a migrant farmworker health education program in a rural community in Northern California to working as a nurse in many hospitals and clinics. She served as the Director of Community Health Promotion at the University Health Services, overseeing academic and community programming for 15 years. From 2005 to 2015, Abby was the first Director of Diversity for the School of Public Health, diversifying the student population and increasing access to those who have experienced barriers to admission. She was Assistant Dean in the Division of Equity and Inclusion, in the Office of Graduate Diversity before returning to the School of Public Health.
Currently Abby is providing leadership to the School of Public Health to create infrastructures, processes and outcomes that fully embrace diversity, equity and inclusion for all, especially for marginalized communities. For 2020- 2021, she is also serving as the Interim Director of the DREAM office.
Abby has been teaching core Community Health Worker courses at City College of San Francisco since 2002 and also has developed teaching videos for instructors on Cultural Humility. She was part of the design of the first CHW textbook, Foundations in Community Health Work and also contributed as an author on “Cultural Humility”. She is a part-time faculty member at CCSF and is teaching this Fall 2020.
For fun times, Abby enjoys playing and walking her dog Cosmo and making sure he gets new toys on a regular basis. She loves to read, bike, travel, being in nature, staring at the Redwood trees in her backyard and is into riveting Netflix shows. Her most favorite one is over and she hopes there are future seasons, because it’s that good: “Casa de Papel”
Diversity Outreach Coordinator
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Enrique Ramirez is a recent graduate of the UC Berkeley Public Health program. He is originally from Bakersfield, CA and received his B.A. Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona in 2013.
He previously worked with the CDPH Black Infant Health program as a Community Outreach Liaison for Kern County; his primary objectives were to enhance community support, empower Black women, and coordinate care for pregnant women. He later turned to communicable disease work, specifically working as an HIV counselor as well as connecting syphilitic patients into care.
He is interested in translating and applying public health academic studies, teaching, and community relationship building into social justice efforts. His career interests include health equity concerning Black and people of color as well as the LGBT community through activation within higher education. His personal interests include gardening, hiking, listening to podcasts and karaoke.
For current students: if you would like to meet with Enrique for an advising appointment, please sign up here: https://calendly.com/enrique-d-ramirez
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Dalila is a second year in the MPH program with a concentration in Nutrition. Born in Mexico and growing up in Salinas, CA, Dalila’s background and life experiences shaped her public health interests. She obtained her BA in Spanish, Community, and Culture at UCLA. While at UCLA, she worked in a student initiated, student run social justice health program designed to promote health and wellness among minority students. She is passionate about reducing the chronic health disparities among vulnerable populations, particularly those in latinx, low-income, immigrant, and farmworker populations. Dalila’s current research includes understanding Californian low-income families with children and their access to safety net programs as well as COVID-impact. She aspires to serve as an advocate for her community and fight the systemic barriers that negatively impact communities of color.
In her free time, Dalila enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, strength training, dancing Latinx music (Cumbia in particular), and reading.
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Nancy is a 2nd year MPH candidate in Environmental Health Sciences, with concentrations in Industrial Hygiene and Human Factors and Ergonomics. She received her BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley in 2019. Nancy identifies as Mexican-American and is from Richmond, California. Her interests include social and environmental determinants of health, workplace justice, and immigrant health, especially for our undocumented community members. As an aspiring physician, Nancy hopes to use her training as a future MD/MPH to advocate for healthy, dignified, living and workplace conditions among people who are overlooked for being Black and people of color, immigrants, non-English speakers, or discriminated against in other aspects of their lives. Nancy welcomes all people, prospective and current students, to reach out to our amazing community at the DREAM Office!
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Cezanne is a 3rd year MPH candidate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She will be spending her 3rd year as a Foreign Language Area Studies fellow, studying Portuguese and preparing to apply to Medical Science Training Programs (MSTP). Prior to coming to Berkeley, Cezanne worked for a local health department, working on infectious disease outbreak control and Zika emergency preparedness planning. Cezanne’s main research interests include infectious disease epidemiology and language study. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. Cezanne hopes to merge her interests in medicine, epidemiology and global health as an MD-PhD one day.
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Julia is a 2nd year MPH candidate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She received her BS in Society and Environment and a minor in Food Systems from UC Berkeley. Julia has a diverse set of interests and has previously worked on studies related to HIV prevention and care, alcohol and tobacco-related disparities, mental health, and food assistance policy. She hopes to be involved in research that improves the quality and accessibility of health services in communities that are disproportionately impacted by today’s public health challenges. Outside of work and school, Julia loves hiking, going to the beach, playing board games/video games, and all things food.
Administrative and Planning Support Coordinator
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Ashika is currently in her first year of her Masters program at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, studying infectious diseases and vaccinology. She finished her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in Spring 2020, majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology with a minor in Global Public Health. She has been involved in anti-CRISPR protein research at UCSF Mission Bay. She has also been working as a peer educator and consultant at UC Berkeley’s PATH to Care Center for the past 3 years, and is extremely passionate about Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment Prevention, as well as gender-based violence and intimate partner violence prevention and survivor support. She hopes to work on infectious disease epidemiology and address the disparities in acquirement and treatment of infectious diseases for marginalized communities in the US and developing countries. She has also been a ballerina for the past 15 years. Outside of work and school, she enjoys scenic walks, watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race and The Office, and listening to music (including Bollywood).
Design and Communications Coordinator
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Fiona is currently a fourth-year undergrad majoring in Psychology with a minor is Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies. Her passions lie in finding the intersection between design and social justice. Outside of the DREAM Office, Fiona is also currently a Program Coordinator for the Creative Discovery Fellows Program at the American Cultures center where she focuses on creating resources for students to learn how to center their work around anti-racism and learn about design practices. She also works with APASD (Asian Pacific American Student Development Office) where she focuses on communications work such as managing social media and curating content for newsletters. Outside of her work, Fiona enjoys hand lettering and digital illustration.