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Macy's Program Key to Interdisciplinary Health Leadership Training for this Undergraduate

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June 24, 2019

Griffin Wong, an accelerated BS/MPH student with a minor in bioinformatics, is accepted into the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program.

During his sophomore year, Griffin Wong, an accelerated BS/MPH student with a minor in bioinformatics, began exploring ways to grow personally and professionally while connecting with students beyond the Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH). “I took a healthcare ethics course with a mix of health profession students at Drexel and saw firsthand the value of learning in an interdisciplinary setting,” says Wong.

Early in his search, he found The Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program (MULFP), a for-credit leadership program that consists of three courses taken consecutively. Any undergraduate student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions or the Dornsife School of Public Health can apply. The program focuses on leadership development skills to enhance leadership capacity and efficacy while also fostering inter-professional learning, development of cultural awareness skills and social justice principles. Students learn to address complex issues in a safe and inclusive environment with the guidance of a mentor.

Growing up in a diverse community in the San Francisco Bay Area, Wong was instantly attracted to what MULFP had to offer. “The program promotes social justice and cultural awareness – these are principles I really value thanks to my upbringing,” he says.

Wong was accepted into the program’s 2020 cohort which begins in the fall 2019 quarter. He looks forward to gaining new perspectives, opportunities for collaboration, and working on self-improvement.

“I hope to make meaningful connections with my classmates, professors, and mentor. I appreciate that this program focuses on personal skills and not just academic skills,” says Wong.

In addition to pursing his BS/MPH, Wong is a technology leader and volunteer at the organization Sharing Excess, a nonprofit that helps students share food excess with community members. He is a member of the Pennoni Honors College, the Biddle Law Society, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, and Dragons for Excellence and Inspiration Academic Honor Society at Drexel University. He speaks conversational Spanish and Chinese Mandarin and is fluent in Chinese Cantonese.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching baseball — his favorite team is the San Francisco Giants.

Learn more about The Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program.