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Graduate Diversity Fellowship

Students who contribute to the diversity of the student body

The Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program is a SUNY-wide initiative that offers fellowships to students who have been admitted to graduate or professional study. For 2017–18, a total of nine students were awarded.

Baho Sidiqi

Baho Sidiqi

I am an aspiring medical and public health professional. I am currently on a gap year from Medical School and enrolled in the Biostatistics MPH while conducting research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

I was born in Afghanistan, grew up in Uzbekistan and immigrated here when I was 8.

My curiosity and pursuit of Medicine began with the passing of my father and my struggle with stuttering. As a life long learner, continuously curious about new treatments for stuttering, I began searching for answers. It is the same curiosity that guides my educational pursuits.

I sought a Biostatistics MPH in order to better analyze and evaluate data, especially health programs in order to create new policies. I hope to impact the communities I serve in the future thru both medical and policy work."

Antoine Barthelemy

Antoine Barthemley

I emigrated to the United States from France in 2001, when I was 17 years old leaving behind most of my family.

I obtained a Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice in 2009 from Bridgewater State University. I had a calling to medicine, and pursued a career in Respiratory Therapy. I practiced for five years then decided to pursue my ultimate dream career which was Physician Assistant. I'll be the first in my family to pursue a Master's degree.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing a variety of sports, particularly capoeira and soccer. Coming from a Haitian family background, I appreciate SUNY Downstate's mission to serve the Brooklyn population and as a PA, I intend on practicing within this demographic."

Nubia Martin

Nubia Martin

Nubia Martin is a Midwifery Student at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, graduating in May of 2018. Her passion is women's health and wellness, and she has worked as a Certified Childbirth Educator, Birth & Postpartum Doula, and Lactation Counselor for the past 10 years.

Nubia plans to serve the women and families in her community of Yonkers, NY as a midwife, upon completion of her Masters Degree at Downstate. Nubia lives with her husband and their five children in Yonkers, the city in which she was born and raised.

Disleiry Benitez

Disleiry Benitez

I graduated with my MPH degree in 2015 and currently am in the DrPH program. SUNY Downstate allowed me to find a program that I enjoyed and felt comfortable in. As a public health student, I have been exposed to different areas of public health and have actively applied what I have learned in my job.

"Growing up in NYC, I have seen the importance of public health and its impact on health outcomes and behavioral choices. I am glad to be part of a diverse student body at the School of Public Health and contribute my experiences."