Meet the Team: Joanna!


964101_4818210216671_1799791740_o-2Hey everyone! My name is Joanna Dominguez and I am a graduating senior at the Rutgers College of Nursing. My other major is in Journalism & Media Studies (kind of the opposite of nursing, I know!), but both my majors will definitely help a lot this summer, as I will be in charge of the implementation of the Health Education ToolKit with TT, the media photography/video with Dan, as well as the website maintenance with Aasim. I cannot wait for the internship this summer, as I feel like I’ve been preparing for it my entire college career!

I have been involved with GlobeMed for two years now, acting as the graphic design maven of sorts for a lot of our communications/event marketing. When I’m not busy with school or GlobeMed, my favorite pastimes include immersing myself in ethnic fiction and poetry, crafting and revising my own oeuvre, and going on foodie adventures with my friends. As for any hidden talents, I have a fairly non-discriminant photographic memory, which helps a lot during exams and the occasional travels. And if you count being a “genius, billionaire, playgirl (okay, maybe not), philanthropist” as a collective superpower, à la Tony Stark, I’d like to be that. You can call me Iron Girl.


Meet the Team: Dan!

2.2Hi, everyone! My name is Juan Daniel Torres, but most people call me Dan. I’m currently a sophomore and plan on graduating May 2016. A recent change of my career path has left me with an undecided major, although I plan to graduate with either an Anthropology or Public Health major.

When I’m not studying for classes or working on GlobeMed projects, I usually shut my brain off by going for a run or watching Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan era rom coms while eating Pan-Asian food. I don’t like to admit I’m a big TV watcher, but I have a soft spot for Game of Thrones, Suits, How I Met Your Mother, Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Arrested Development (not too many, right?… right?). Don’t get me wrong, though, I also love reading. I’m the type of person who doesn’t usually talk unless I know what I’m talking about. Therefore, I’m usually reading research papers or case studies that interest me and that are currently present in global discussions.

 During my time with GlobeMed, I worked on a benefit concert Spring 2013, I managed Global Getdown, a multicultural dance competition for on-campus dance troupes, Fall 2013, I will be managing the ActiveU Gala, a gala-styled benefit dinner with influential speakers, Spring 2014, and I am on the GROW team this year! I’m extremely excited and thankful to be a part of this year’s GROW team and look forward to contribute all my energy and knowledge to make sure we leave Cambodia reaching all our goals, as well as learning more about our partner to bring back to our campus.
I have few hidden talents, but it’s quality not quantity, right? Besides baking a killer gourmet bread (killer because it’s so good), I also take pictures, have a higher than average memory, and can drive manual. Although most people outside the US wouldn’t consider driving manual a talent, many are surprised I drive manual when they get in my car. If I could have any superpower, it would probably be replication. I often have to tell myself that I can’t be everywhere at once because there are so many issues I want to research and tackle. If there were more of me, however, I could be everywhere at once. I wouldn’t have to limit myself within a few fields to study. Instead, I would be able to address multiple issues in multiple fields without compromising my time.

Meet the Team: TT!

179467_643636295649809_180812133_nHello! I’m Thobekile and I am a junior at Rutgers University majoring in Public Health and minoring in Biology. I enjoy laughing, eating, reading and yoga. I have been involved with GlobeMed for two years. During my first year as a member, I was involved with the campaign team and planned events like our annual ActiveU Gala and Global Getdown.  Currently, I am a member of the executive board as the Director of Community Building – External. While on GROW, I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the Cambodian culture and learning from the CSSD employees by exchanging knowledge and sharing my passion for health disparities. Working with CSSD will be my first opportunity to have hands on experience in global health and I am very excited to submerse myself in the experience. If I could have any superpower it would be the ability to be fluent in every    language without having to learn them.

Meet the Team: Karen!

2.jpgHi! I’m Karen, and I’ll be this year’s GROW Coordinator. I’m a senior, so I’ll be graduating in May this year with a major in Biological Sciences and two minors in Economics and Public Health. For the past two years in GlobeMed, I’ve been the Director of Communications so the GROW Coordinator position is a change of page from what I used to do! While I can’t wait to experience all aspects of the GROW internship, I’m looking forward to implementing the new health education component of our project with CSSD as well as learning from each other and strengthening our relationship!

A few more things about me: I love reading, traveling, anything food related (especially any cooking competition TV shows), museums, and ancient history. As for any hidden talents, I used to play the piano for 13 years. And if I could have any superpower, it would have to be time travel.

Meet the Team: Aasim!

growpictureHey my name is Aasim Chaudhry. I’m currently a sophomore at Rutgers University, class of 2016. My academic interests lie in a mix of Biology, Computer Science, and Public Health. In my free time I like to practice photography, read books that enrich my connection with life or broaden my perspectives, hit the gym for powerlifting, cruise down long stretches of road on sunny days with my longboard, or just listen to some alternative/indie/rock/orchestrated/movie soundtrack music. During my time with GlobeMed, I’ve served as a general member who worked on organizing a benefit concert, designed campaign advertisements for the communications team, and now I’m working under the public relations division and in our finances department. What I’m really looking forward to during the GROW internship this summer is the chance to make some new friends in Cambodia who share the same passion of improving both public health and the overall well-being of humanity. I guess my GROW profile wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention a superpower I’d like to have so for now I would definitely go with ability to fly. The possibilities flying could bring into my life are endless. I could be like Superman and carry people away from danger and into safety. And I guess I could save my friends on the GROW team from having to buy plane tickets to Cambodia by flying them there one by one in my arms like a superhero.

The 2014 GROW Team!

Hi everyone and welcome to the start of the 2014 GROW Trip blog posts! Over the next two weeks, you’ll get to learn a bit more about the 5 GROW team members: Thobekile (TT), Aasim, Dan, Joanna, and myself. We’ll be posting little snippets about our graduating year, our major/minors, our roles in GlobeMed, and what we’re looking forward to on GROW as well as fun tidbits about our hobbies, any hidden talents we have, and what superpower we would each like to have. In the months leading up to the internship, we’ll each be posting about what we’re doing to prepare for GROW since all of us are covering different areas. And finally, we’ll be keeping everyone updated during the trip itself so stay tuned!

– Karen, GROW Coordinator