Environment of support shapes student’s journey in public health

Written By: David Atilola

David Atilola poses for a picture on campus

Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) offered me a plethora of resources to help me reach my goals, and my peers, advisors and professors helped shape me into the person I am today.

As a public health major in HHS, I learned that the community’s overall health matters just as much as the health of individuals. Just as a doctor would take great care of their individual patients, I have learned that those in the various public health fields care for the community and environment in the same manner. This has helped me settle on a career path in environmental health and safety.

In addition to the college building an environment that makes me feel included and successful, I found belonging in HHS by taking on various leadership roles. One of the more recent and important leadership roles I have taken on is being a member of the HHS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Undergraduate Committee. Being on this committee, I feel as if my voice is heard, and the different events and partnerships truly exemplify inclusion.

There are many opportunities to connect with others in HHS without feeling uncomfortable. I value being comfortable around my peers despite not having the same backgrounds.

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