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Welcoming New Students, Staff and Faculty to Dornsife

Dornsife School of Public Health 2021 Welcome and Pinning Ceremony in Stein Auditorium

September 17, 2021

On Friday, September 17, 2021, a long-standing tradition at the Dornsife School of Public Health took place – the Welcome Ceremony and Pinning. Attendees of this event gathered in person in the Stein Auditorium in Nesbitt Hall or tuned in live via a live stream. This year marks 25 years of the tradition that allows the Dornsife community to formally welcome all new students, staff, and faculty.

The honoree guest speaker of the event was Mario Cruz, MD, Medical Director, Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers. A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Cruz joined Philadelphia FIGHT as the Medical Director for their Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center in 2017. He addressed the attendees and inspired them to "lift others as you rise. Think about the people that have been left behind and bring them with you."

After Dr. Cruz spoke, new members of Dornsife were presented with the “Health as a Human Right” pin by faculty members. Next, the Student Government Organization Officers led new students in reciting the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Charter of the World Health Organization as a reflection of the school’s commitment to social justice, and its vision of health as a human right.

Others who shared remarks included Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dana and David Dornsife Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology; Jennifer Kolker, MPH, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and External Relations and Clinical Professor in Health Management and Policy; and Phi Nguyen, Assistant Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs.

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New Students

New students during Welcome Week at Drexel's Dornsife School of Public HealthDornsife welcomed 15 new undergraduate students, 209 new master's students, and 26 new doctoral students joining the school this fall.

These students come from many parts of the United States and from 18 different countries.

In addition to the Welcome Ceremony and Pinning Ceremony, new students participated in Dornsife Orientation and Drexel's Welcome Week starting on Monday, September 13. Students had opportunities to explore services and resources, and connect with fellow students, faculty, and staff. Orientation offered in person, virtual, and hybrid events for both face-to-face and online students.

To view the full list of new students, view the Welcome Ceremony and Pinning Program.

New Faculty

Javier Lopez-Rios Javier Lopez-Rios, PhD, MPH Assistant Teaching Professor, Community Health & Prevention
Tara McAlexander Tara McAlexander, MPH, PhD Assistant Research Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
ReneĆ© H. Moore Reneé H. Moore, PhD Research Professor, Director of the Biostatistics Scientific Collaboration Center, and Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Dept.

New Staff

Leah Bakely Leah Bakely, MPH Research Lab Coordinator, Community Health & Prevention Dept.
Rachel Benjamin-Bannett Rachel Benjamin-Bannett, MSW, LSW Academic Advisor, Academic and Faculty Affairs
Tariem Burroughs Tariem Burroughs Director of Experiential Learning and Career Services, Academic Affairs Dept.
Storey Clayton Storey Clayton Grants and Research Administrator, Research Office
Allison Gibson Allison Gibson, MPH, MCP Project Coordinator, Drexel Urban Health Collaborative
Thea McLean Thea McLean Associate Director, Foundation and Corporate Relations, Office of Institutional Advancement
Jae Moses Jae Moses Training Specialist, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
Duong Tina Nguyen Duong Tina Nguyen, MPH Program Manager, Environmental and Occupational Health Dept.
Wendy Thurman
Wendy Thurman Business Manager, Community Health & Prevention Dept.
Alexandra Trautman-Fisher Alexandra Trautman-Fisher, MPH Education Coordinator, Environmental and Occupational Health Dept.
Jennifer Ware Jennifer Ware, MPH Deputy Director, The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity
Jorge Zambrana Rentas Jorge Zambrana Rentas Data Analyst, Drexel Urban Health Collaborative