“As the facilitator for the Summer Learning Institute capstone activity ‐‐ creating a vision board to capture their learning experience ‐‐ I had the opportunity to witness the integration of the interns’ passion with the knowledge and expertise they had gained over the summer. Mimi, Leora and Dina each rose to the challenge of putting the pieces together in their own creative way, a way that was deeply personal to them as individuals. They each designed not only a work of art, but a firm foundation upon which to stand as emerging leaders.” Eleanor Brownn, MA, Brownn Consulting

2012 Millennial Leader Summer Institute Alumni

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Download presentations recapping the 2012 Summer Learning Institute experience:

Click here to download MELAT’s full presentation.

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Student Reflection

“It was such an inspiring experience to speak with Dr. Turman. As a biochemistry student seeking research opportunities, he advised me to consider some of the studies on the immune system that he believed would expand in the future. I thought that his advice truly gave me a head start with my science career. During his facilitation and discussion on The Immortal Life of Henrietia Lacks, I learned from him that it is very possible to bridge science and the humanities together. He explained his work around decreasing the infant mortality rates through the Connections Project in Omaha, Nebraska where Ms. Valentine is the lead consultant.”


2011 Alumni Ambassadors

Dina Trang: I’m an incoming third year at UCLA majoring in biochemistry.  The San Gabriel Valley has been my home my entire life and I absolutely adore the area.  I am the middle child in my family and love the fact that I can look up to my older sister and still have the opportunity to be the role model for my younger sibling.  As a Program Champion/Summer Intern for the Pasadena Birthing Project’s Summer Learning Institute, I’ve been able to participate in the Millennial Leadership Experience for Racial Health Equity.  With this experience, I’ve become more aware of the health disparities today and the actions I can do to help resolve this prevalent problem.  This program has further motivated me to pursue a career in the health care arena.   My professional goal is to become a pharmacist, particularly in ambulatory care, and to obtain a Masters in Public Health.  My interest in pharmacy stems from my passion in both the sciences and community outreach.

Leora Kirk:
I am a resident of Watts, CA and attend California State University Northridge with a major in Health Administration. As a CSUN student, I have participated in various clubs including: CSUN-PPE (a pre-conception peer educator campus program in collaboration with the Office of Minority Health); HASA (Health Administration Student Association); and HSA (Harambee Student Association targeting African American students). I am currently a Program Champion in the 2011 Summer Learning Institute, a six week pilot program where I have become a Millennial Leader for Racial Health Equity. The extensive training has given me skills and tools for practical application such as networking and receiving pearls of wisdom from seasoned leaders. It is an honor to enter a “Boot-camp for champions” and mature into fun-loving, kind, humble servant of God and for my community.

Mimi Ly: Mimi was born and raised in San Gabriel, California. She is currently a junior at the University of California, Los Angeles. Majoring in International Development Studies, she hopes to travel abroad and gain more hands-on experiences in developing countries in the near future. After becoming a Riordan Healthcare Management Fellow during her first year at UCLA, she developed a strong interest in the healthcare field. During spring of this year, she took on an internship at the Ronald Regan Medical Center where she shadowed a health administrator and assisted her in program management. Mimi is also the Health Fair Co-Director for the Asian Pacific Health Corps, a student-based organization on campus that coordinates free health fair for the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. One of Mimi’s core values is giving back and she believes that everyone can make a difference in their community if they put their heart into it.