Originally from Davis, California, Fatuma graduated from Harvard College with honors in May 2017. She concentrated in Human Evolutionary Biology, with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She spent much of her time at Harvard exploring the wide range of problem contexts related to healthcare, and is planning to attend medical school after graduating. She has spent several summers doing research in chronic disease solutions, and spent much of her Harvard career at the Harvard School of Public Health studying the protein makeup of HDL. Moreover, she has worked to alleviate health inequities, by educating and engaging at-risk populations through her work as a Health Education teacher and a volunteer at a family clinic. After graduating she moved to San Francisco, where she works as a clinical research coordinator at the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at UC-San Francisco. Fatuma continues to dedicate her time to alleviating health inequalities, and volunteers as a resource specialist at San Francisco's free clinic, Clinic by the Bay. In her free time, she likes cooking, baking and exploring new places in San Francisco.
Osaremen Okolo graduated with high honors from Harvard College in May 2017. She concentrated primarily in History of Science (Medicine and Society focus) with an allied, joint concentration in African-American Studies. She also obtained a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. As culmination of her time at Harvard and in combining these academic interests, Osaremen wrote an award-winning undergraduate thesis, titled “Blackened Fertility: The Lasting Discourse of African American Female Reproduction After the Civil Rights Movement” and advised by Professor Evelynn Hammonds. It examined the historical narratives surrounding the so-called hyper-sexuality and hyper-fertility of black women through illustrating how these narratives have influenced African-American access to new reproductive technologies and impacted both physicians’ and black women’s perceptions of their own fertility in the present. Since graduation, Osaremen has continued to explore the intersections between medicine, policy, and service through by working as a health policy aide for the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Outside of all things health, you’ll often find her writing creatively, fanatically cheering on her Boston sports teams, or craving Nigerian foods.