Meet the Student Affairs Team

Student affairs team

We are the Student Affairs Team!

 

The Office of Student & Alumni Affairs at the School of Global Public Health welcomes students of diverse backgrounds, interests, perspectives, and identities by embracing their individuality. 

 

We endeavor to provide the community with a student-centered, accessible, creative and encouraging environment.

 

Our mission is to foster the development of our students as they grow into public health practitioners by facilitating their engagement in opportunities both locally and globally. We serve students through our resources, referrals, and connections. Through advising, diversity programs, and career services, we motivate student excellence by supporting intellectual engagement throughout their educational experience and beyond. 

 

Our students are our purpose.

We are here to help! 


 

Dr. Julie Avina

Dr. Julie Avina

MA, EdD, Senior Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs

Dr. Julie Avina is the embodiment that is NYU, having worked here for sixteen years.

Serving you as your Senior Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs, Julie endeavors to provide you with a font of information, perspective, and a shoulder if you hit any rough spots. 

Julie earned her Ed.D. in Health Education at Teachers College after fourteen years of work with higher-risk adolescents in Portland, Oregon. Julie loves teaching, advising students, and working to make GPH the most optimal learning community for students. Equally important,  Julie will be your cheerleader as you celebrate major successes! 


 

Andrea

Andrea Muraca

MS, MPH, Director, Student and Alumni Affairs

Andrea Muraca was born and raised in Italy, where he developed his fondness for Tiramisu and A.C. Milan soccer team.

As Director of Studentand Alumni Affairs, Andrea will help current students thrive in a positive academic environment that will groom them into the kind of professionals the field requires. His understanding of the GPH culture is informed by the multiple roles he's played since 2014; as a GPH administrator, an alum of our MPH program, and a current student in the DrPH program. 

He is deeply committed to the perspective of public health as a holistic, equitable, and interdisciplinary practice. He works closely with many offices across campus, including the Office of Global Services and The Wasserman Center for Career Development. Whenever you need a calm and supportive advocate you can always count on Andrea to be there for you! 


 

Angelica Tirro

Angelica Tirro

MA, Assistant Director, Student and Alumni Affairs, 

  • Email: ama534@nyu.edu 
  • Phone: 212-992-6120
  • Office: 708 Broadway, 3rd floor, Room 333

Angelica Tirro, a native New Yorker, has been with NYU since 2013.

As a trained educator, Angelica is driven by an innate passion for helping others and this passion is shown through her work with students. She understands the university from the perspective of a student, an administrator, and an alum.

She offers a voice of reason to the team and to her students, providing a perspective that is deeply rooted in pedagogy and systems knowledge. Angelica is a great team player and loves to be part of an interdisciplinary team. 


 

Chris

Christopher Whitehead

MA, MFA, Program Manager 

Christopher Whitehead was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago.

He has a broad student development background with experience in advising, community programming, creative writing, and academic support. He has been with NYU since 2015, first as a student and now, as an administrator. 

As your Program Manager, Chris will focus every day on the question: how can we leverage stories to create a more just Public Health space? Within this context, creating an environment where you will thrive is the goal. Christopher is currently in the final year of his MFA program in Creative Writing at NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science. He is eager to meet you and learn about your story!


 

alicia

Alicia Ocasio

MA, Program Administrator, Student and Alumni Affairs

  • Email: ao58@nyu.edu 
  • Phone: 212-992-6130
  • Office: 708 Broadway, 3rd floor, Room 334

Alicia Ocasio is a born and raised New York Rican. She is a dedicated higher education administrator who has been at NYU since 2017.

Having found her passion for student affairsshe has received her MA in Higher Education and StudentAffairs from NYU Steinhardt. She aspires to help build and sustain an overall successful student experience for individuals of all backgrounds that she encounters throughout higher education. Alicia's hope is to inspire and be inspired by you all as you navigate through your academic journeys!


 

Angel

Angel Levy

Administrative Aide II

Angel Levy grew up in Brooklyn, proudly, and maintains a fond connection to her South Carolina roots.

In her role as an administrative aide at GPH, Angel provides administrative support to student services: Student Affairs and Alumni and Admissions teams. Angel has an enthusiastic approach with people, giving confidence, motivating others to be unapologetically authentic in defining as they find “their” success. 

Additionally, Angel is a great provider of inspiration as she spends her early mornings (often before the sun rises) volunteering with organizations such as God's Love We Deliver. She is a tireless advocate for her community and a true role model for those lucky enough to know her well.


 

Kristen Bush

Kristen Bush

Student Affairs Consultant

Hailing from Houston Texas, Kristen Bush has always been a lover of people, diversity, equity and adventure. It's no wonder that her path led her to New York and NYU's School of Global Public Health. A proud Blue Devil, Kristen holds a BA in Psychology from Duke University. 

Additionally, she holds an MSSW in Social Work, Enterprise and Administration from Columbia University School of Social Work and is in the process of completing her life coaching certification in Energy Leadership. She has over 10 years of experience developing and managing students facing programs and services in nonprofit, government and higher educational settings. Her professional passions include mental health and wellness, community development, leadership development, and diversity, equity and inclusion work. 

Have a question? Connect with the Student Affairs team.