Ms. Vivien Solomon, a rising second-year Master of Public Health student at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), has won the Katherine Connor McLaughlin Award from the Boston University Women’s Guild (BUWG). Ms. Solomon was one of five recipients of the award at the organization’s Annual Lunch and Awards Presentation on May 23.
Since 1981, BUWG has presented the McLaughlin Award to support women ages 30 and older who are enrolled in BU graduate programs. Ms. Solomon says she is honored to receive the $750 scholarship from an organization that empowers women scholars, and she plans to use the award to support her academic studies at SPH, where she is completing certificates in epidemiology and biostatistics, and global health.
“I’m really interested in working with underserved populations, whether it’s with the elderly, homeless people, young adults, or people with HIV or cancer,” says Ms. Solomon, who has worked with nonprofit organizations such as Susan G. Komen and Project PinkBlue on evidence-based and culturally sensitive breast cancer interventions.
She also volunteers in an Activist Bucks reading club for homeless individuals to discuss short stories and poems, as well as any other thoughts on their minds. “People share parts of their lives with you, and it just puts a whole new perspective on life,” Ms. Solomon says.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on July 12