FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work student, Ms. Rachel Clarke, a health promotion and disease prevention major, has been chosen to serve as a member of the national Society for Public Health Education Membership Committee.
“After becoming a member of SOPHE, I wanted to become more involved. My advisor, Dr. Shaw suggested that I reach out to SOPHE regarding my interest,” said Ms. Clarke. So she called and after a review of her membership file, Ms. Clarke was informed that she’d been chosen to serve as a member of the SOPHE Membership Committee.
“Professionally, this opportunity has allowed me to work with established and experienced professionals in the field,” said Ms. Clarke.
Dr. Mary Shaw, an associate professor in the department of health promotion & disease prevention said, “Prior to coming to FIU Stempel College, I always had two or three students get recognitions. But this was quite a nice surprise to have all four of our applicants be recognized by SOPHE.” She adds, “Having three scholarship recipients and a student appointed to the SOPHE Membership Committee is something everyone at FIU Stempel College can be proud of.”
Ms. Kemesha Gabbidon and Ms. Brionna Powell as well as alumna Ms. Angela Omondi were each awarded twenty-first Century Scholarships from SOPHE.
Of the group, Dr. Shaw said, “All of them have worked diligently for the past two years to become engaged scholars at the local, state and national levels. I’m proud of their accomplishments and continue to encourage them to develop the circle of skills that include research, practice and service. They represent FIU Stempel College well!”