MAPS UW 2018-19 Leadership
Want to get in contact with MAPS? Email any one of our officers directly at their email!
Junior; MCD Biology and Global Health
Hello! My name is Nikki Torres and I am from Dixon, California. I am a prospective Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology major with a minor in Global Health and this will be my second year as a MAPS officer! MAPS has provided me with an abundance of support and knowledge in the past two years. My favorite part of this club is seeing students find their passion in healthcare and meeting really motivated and cool students. Most importantly I am so pumped to continue the great legacy that is this club, and to build an even stronger community of minority pre-health students.
Hi everyone! My name is Samia, and I’m from Seattle. I want to serve as an inspiring figure for students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds. My long-term goal is to work as a trauma surgeon and eventually work with Doctors Without Borders. I chose MAPS because it’s where I found a diverse community of like-minded people who support my passions. My motto is sleep, research, tutor, repeat! The world is yours, let MAPS help you find your passion.
Hey guys! My name is Daniela and I am so excited to serve as the MAPS Vice President for the 2018-2019 school year! I am a junior who is majoring in Psychology. After college, I hope to serve in the Peace Corp for two years, and then attend graduate school for clinical psychology! I am super passionate about mental health, as well as serving under-served populations.
Outside of MAPS, I am a volunteer at Seattle Children’s and a research assistant in a psychology lab here at UW! Two summers ago, I participated in the Summer Health Professions Education Program at the UW School of Medicine with Nikki (the president)! In addition to these things, I love dancing, bike riding, trying new food, and exploring Seattle!
I joined MAPS my freshman year simply with the intention of becoming involved on campus and finding out what a career in healthcare is like (I had never looked into it before). My friend randomly invited me to a meeting one day. Before I came, I seriously had NO idea what I wanted to do for a career after college! After attending that meeting, I was overwhelmed with the amount of information and opportunities I received in return. If not for MAPS, I wouldn’t have realized how fulfilling a career in healthcare could be. If not for MAPS, I wouldn’t be aware of how important it is for there to be an upcoming generation of healthcare professionals that will address the social- determinants of healthcare and increase the diversity of the workforce in the United States. If not for MAPS, I wouldn’t be aware that being a health professional means a lot more than just going to school and having a job; it’s a lifestyle and who you are as a person. In addition to all of these things, I wouldn’t have met the most loving and inspiring individuals ever! Join MAPS with the expectation of joining a supportive community that wants to support you and build you up! I encourage you all to come to one of our meetings to see what we’re all about. We hope to see you grow not only as a pre-health student, but also as a person throughout this upcoming school year!
Welcome to our MAPS family!
Deena Hasan Osman
Sophomore; Intended Biology
Junior; Public Health
Hello everyone, my name is Abel Nigussu I am a Junior and my major is public health. My long term in healthcare is to help pave a road for minorities pursuing a career in health care by showing, by example, that through hard work and dedication we can all reach our goals despite the things we may hear from others. I chose MAPS because I wanted to take on a leadership role where I can help students who were in the same position as me, who may not know what they are pursing or may not know how to do it, reach their goals without making the same mistakes I did. Outside of MAPS, I volunteer at the University of Washington medical center, I enjoy playing basketball in my free time, and I love spending time with my family. Im excited to be on this journey with you guys and I hope I can be a resource to everyone to help them reach their goals.
Hey MAPS millennials! I am Sam, but you can also call me J Swindle. As your Public Relations Officer I will make sure to give you punchy advertisements, high-caliber connections with the community, and most importantly fun memories. I hail from the small and pleasant town of Centralia, WA. My goal as a healthcare professional is to build and maintain trust between my hometown and its healthcare system. I chose to be involved in MAPS because it’s one of the few places on campus where diversity flourishes and where inspiration is constantly pumped out for those struggling. Aside from MAPS, I tutor intro biology at the Instructional Center (IC) which is an amazing and free resource! I also research on plants, yeast, and bacteria at the Nemhauser lab. You might see me pop into salsa classes or other various dance events on campus too. If you are a new UW student, you should know the healthcare route is not an easy one and you will face many challenges and experience inevitable failures. But you will have numerous friends, including the MAPS exec board, who will comfort you when times are tough and help you when you need it. You will inspire, innovate, and grow as a person.
I hope you find MAPS as a wonderful community to share your healthcare journey with!
What’s up! My name is Keiva Augilera-Montero, I’m from Mountlake Terrace, WA and I am currently a junior at the University of Washington. I am a Biology-Physiology major, with a double minor in Disability Studies and Diversity. This is my third year as an officer of MAPS and originally, I was an intern for them.
I’m passionate about neurodevelopmental disabilities, especially Autism Spectrum Disorder. I aspire to become psychiatrist and researcher with a focus on learning and mental disabilities. Outside of MAPS, I participate in many other activities: I volunteer as a peer facilitator of BIOL 220 and 106, I also tutor in the Biology part of the Instructional Center for Minorities, and I shadow and work as a behavioral aid UW LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities).
I’m very excited to be an officer and MAPS and can meet all the amazing prospective pre-health students. I became interested in MAPS because I wanted to advocate for underrepresented communities and students and can provide them with resources to assist them in their pursuit for a pre-health education. I also want to promote intersectionality within underrepresented communities and disabled communities—to help rework the narrative on disability!
Sophomore; Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Hey Everyone, I’m from Yaounde, Cameroon
I hope that all new members feel welcomed and that they leave MAPS with a better understanding of how to prepare themselves
Junior; Public Health
Welcome to MAPS! We’re so glad to have you!
Through MAPS you will meet so many people who have similar goals and backgrounds as you, and hopefully you’ll make some lifelong professional connections AND friends.
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Senior; Psychology Major, Diversity Minor