GEPH Ambassadors

The Global & Environmental Public Health Ambassadors cordially welcomes the incoming Fall ‘22 cohort! Here in the GEPH Program, our Ambassadors assist in program matters, provide information and guidance to incoming students! They will help you connect with professors, staff and other internal NYU GPH resources that you may need. We encourage you to set up a time to speak with any of our Ambassadors. If you are interested in connecting with us, please shoot us an email at To learn more about our Ambassadors check out their bios below! 

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Liz CarrHi! I’m Liz and I am currently in the second year of pursuing a MSW with NYU’s Silver School of Social Work and a MPH with a concentration in Global Health with NYU’s School of Global Public Health. I graduated from Fordham University in 2019 with degrees in International Political Economy and Communications. After graduating, I spent a year in Seattle, Washington as an Americorps volunteer working at a non-profit providing education services to immigrant and refugee youth and their families, and have since worked in various contexts with youth in the community. I decided on NYU’s dual degree program because it recognized the deep interconnections between the two fields and prioritized taking an equitable, collaborative, and decolonial approach. Since joining the program, I am part of the Applied Global Public Health Initiative (AGPHI) assisting on a project that uses a systems thinking approach to better understand climate-related displacement and food insecurity in Southern Madagascar. I’m also in my second year of field work for social work assisting with medical research at Weill Cornell Medicine. Outside of the program, I love music, cooking, and am an aspiring beekeeper! Please reach out with any questions you have! To connect with Liz, please shoot us an email at

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Reilly Fitzpatrick

Reilly Fitzpatrick is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) through the Silver School of Social Work and a Master of Public Health (MPH) through the School of Global Public Health at NYU. A San Francisco native, Reilly moved to Washington to attend the University of Puget Sound where she earned a B.S in Exercise Science with a minor in Biology. Shortly after graduating, Reilly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia as a community health volunteer. Partnered with the Zambian Department of Health and other key stakeholders, her projects centered around youth development, reproductive health education, and climate change mitigation. Reilly’s passion for cross-cultural bridge building and her commitment to addressing health inequities at the community and global level oriented her towards the MSW/MPH dual-degree program. At NYU, Reilly has cultivated a deeper understanding of community and global health in order to continue working to improve health outcomes in vulnerable populations.

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Luis Guillermo Gómez Escobar

My name is Luis Guillermo Gómez Escobar, I am an international first-year MPH student with a concentration in Global Health at New York University (NYU). I earned my Medical Doctor degree from Universidad de los Andes at Bogotá, Colombia in 2018 and earned a MS in Epidemiology from the same institution in 2021. I currently work as a postdoctoral associate at Weill Cornell Medicine, NY where I coordinate projects related to translational science focused on lung injury and cell death pathways.

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Tania Hameed

Tania, originally from Houston, Texas, is a second-year dual-degree MSW/MPH student at New York University. Tania is a certified community health worker and has worked in the Houston Health Department during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic as an epidemiological investigator. She is a member of the Implementing Sustainable Evidence-based interventions through Engagement (ISEE) lab and the Global Action for Urban Health lab at NYU. Tania enjoys being a mentor and connecting with peers as an NYU Silver Admissions Ambassador. She is also currently interning with the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Institute at the Center for Practice Innovations where she helps assess the adaptations made to evidence-based interventions and examines mandatory training materials for all ACT providers in New York.

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Ashley Nicolas

Hello everyone! My name is Ashley Nicolas, and I am a second-year MPH student at NYU's School of Global Public Health with a specialization in Global Health. I recently received my B.S. in Community Health with a focus on International Health. In between undergrad and graduate school, I completed an internship at Elmhurst Hospital Center that focused on prolonged stress among healthcare workers post-COVID-19. I was pleased to be able to use the skills I gained in undergrad to assist me do my research while working on the internship. And this is one of the things I appreciate about NYU.They take the knowledge you get through their incredible course selection and allow you to use it in the field you are interested in. They want you to network, build your resume/CV, and get experience using the material supplied as a requirement for graduation. With the completion of my internship, I felt I had made the right decision in picking NYU as my graduate school. Also, coming from a small predominantly white institution as a black woman to a large diverse school in a matter of months was a great change for me. I appreciated seeing faculty, staff, and peers like me and from other parts of the world sharing the same experiences as I do! Although the school is fairly large, there is a sense of community at NYU that I truly appreciate. Some goals I aim to accomplish while at NYU is to join more clubs, conduct research with a professor, and possibly study abroad! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

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Nur Seirafi

I grew up in Southern California and obtained a degree in Sociology in 2017. After spending a few years working with local and international non-profit organizations that focused on supporting refugees and asylum seekers with resettlement and immigration benefits, I decided to pursue a MPH. I had an interest in migrant health and human rights. Conveniently, NYU provides various advanced certificates, one being health and human rights-focused. I am in my second year and have had many opportunities made available to me through the support provided by the School of Global Public Health. Some of my interests include baking and anything and everything that has to do with coffee! I am happy to connect and answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to reach out! To connect with Nur, please shoot us an email at

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Charlie Thao

Charlie Thao is currently in his second year pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) through the Silver School of Social Work and a Master of Public Health (MPH) through the School of Global Public Health at NYU. Hailing from the Midwest, Charlie earned a bachelor’s in science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon graduation, he spent a few years in Chicago volunteering in AmeriCorps programs focused on education and college-readiness as well as working at refugee resettlement agency in their youth and family services program. Charlie is largely interested in exploring the intersection of social work and urban health and understanding their relationship in community social, emotional, and physical well-being. While Charlie has always been passionate about direct service and working with and in community, NYU has nurtured his interest in programmatic review more macro systems-oriented work. To connect with Charlie, please shoot us an email at