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UNC: Anderson Named Education Diversity Intern

Ms. Rakiah Anderson, a second-year MPH student at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded the American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI).

The GEDI program engages and supports students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the field of evaluation. Program goals include expanding the pool of graduate students of color who conduct evaluation research; stimulating evaluation thinking concerning underrepresented communities; and deepening the evaluation profession’s capacity to work in racially, ethnically and culturally diverse settings.

As a GEDI intern, Ms. Anderson works two days a week with the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC), where she is supporting the evaluation of a teacher preparation technical assistance model while building her skills and confidence in real-world evaluation practices.

“I am excited to advance my training in evaluation!” Ms. Anderson said. “At Gillings, I have learned the foundational skills and knowledge to understand effective approaches to systematically improve public health programs. Taking it a step further, the GEDI program enhances my capacity for culturally responsive evaluation, which aligns with my commitment to social justice and equity in public health practices.”

During her internship, Ms. Anderson will receive a stipend of $10,000 and take part in an intensive training program.

Dr. Christine Tucker, assistant professor of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, is serving as Ms. Anderson’s faculty mentor during her internship. Dr. Aubrey Comperatore, a research associate with EPIC, is acting as preceptor.

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