Shireen Saxena received her B.A. in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, and is a graduate of the Mills College Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate (PMBP) Program. She focuses on the social and cultural determinants of health and empowerment of the underserved in a global context. Currently, she works in clinical research for the MASALA study, which pilots ways of merging social science and clinical research to examine risk factors for heart disease in US South Asians. While a PMBP student, Ms. Saxena served as a Child Family Health International Intern in Oaxaca, Mexico, examining the realities of health inequities for undocumented Oaxacan migrants moving in and out of the United States. Previously, she has worked as a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar studying shamanistic medical practices in Southeast Asia, a Diversity Abroad Scholar examining health delivery and prioritization in Denmark, and a Haverford Center for Peace and Global Citizenship International Intern conducting ethnographic research in women’s health in Jharkhand, India. Ms. Saxena plans to begin medical school next Fall, and hopes to combine a career in global health and medicine with the goal of reducing healthcare disparities.