Julie Avina loves bicycles. The beauty and sophistication of their gears, the dynamics behind how they work, the way they transport people in magnificently efficient ways. They have helped her get where she is, take part in races to benefit the causes she believes in and get to know better the people and places she so dearly loves.
It makes sense then that Julie is our hub, connecting the spokes at the College of Global Public Health of NYU as our Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs, where she maps new paths for our student body and motors the relationships behind their entire experience here at CGPH.
She is the embodiment of the Global Network University that is NYU, worked here for nearly a decade. She has served in numerous key roles including as Executive Director for Opportunity Programs, where she oversaw $24 million in grants. She has been an Associate Vice Provost, Academic Advisor, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students at NYU-Abu Dhabi in its critical, formative first years.
With a Masters in Education and a Doctorate in Health Education from Teacher’s College, Julie brings a unique perspective to her work every day, grounded first and foremost in the 14 years she devoted during her early career to high risk youth, including those in gangs and adolescent parents.
She is a remarkable advisor and mentor, a font of unlimited information, a shoulder when students hit rough spots and a cheerleader when they celebrate major successes.
Just ask our students - Julie rocks. Actually, she plays bass.