Selena Gonzalez

Selena Gonzalez graduated from Wesleyan University in 2017 with a double major in Psychology and Neuroscience & Behavior. As a scholar of the Ronald E. McNair Program, she conducted research in Wesleyan’s Department of Biology and the Community Health Center of Middletown, where she grew her interests in science and research. Invested in her community, Selena contributed her time as a Senior Interviewer in the Office of Admission, as a board member of the Student Judicial Board, and as an Academic Peer Advisor for the Office of Student Affairs. After graduating from Wesleyan and receiving the Butterfield Prize for her leadership and commitment to the community, Selena returned home to New York City, where she began her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health within the Department of Sociomedical Sciences. As a graduate student, Selena became the Co-President of the Black and Latinx Student Caucus and a teaching assistant for three graduate-level courses within the Health Promotion, Research, and Practice Certificate program. During her time at Columbia, she also worked in the New York State Department of Health as the Graduate Student Assistant to the New York State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Howard Zucker, MD, JD, and maintained her role as a Homeless Outreach Specialist with the Bowery Residents’ Committee, where she became passionate about issues of housing and homelessness. Before graduating, Selena authored the opinion editorial, “Building Up Housing to Break Down Health Disparities,” published in the American Journal of Public Health, which contends that housing is inextricable from health. Since receiving her MPH from Columbia University in 2019 and being inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society for her achievement in public health, Selena has been working full-time as a Project Coordinator in the Office of the Medical Director within the New York City Department of Homeless Services, where she executes various projects that increase access to healthcare for individuals experiencing homelessness. Selena is interested in cultivating health equity, addressing social determinants of health, and designing health interventions and programs for marginalized and underserved communities. She looks forward to beginning her medical education at Harvard Medical School as part of the Class of 2025 this summer.