Tuesday morning, September 26, Mehret Amsalu Dubale visited the classroom of English professor Steven W. Thomas and microbiology professor Melissa Lamanna. The class was the Reflective Tutorial (RFT) for their First-Year-Program Learning Community on the theme of "Disease, Literature, and Society." Mehret has been a "health systems researcher" in her home country Ethiopia for several years.
This was not Mehret's first time at Wagner College. In the summer of 2016, she was a Mandela Fellow at Wagner as part of the U.S. State Department's Young African Leadership Initiative. After that experience, she went on to pursue a graduate degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at the University of London and returned to Ethiopia to manage different research programs. This fall semester, Mehret was visiting New York again for the United Nations summit, and took time out of her schedule to visit Wagner and speak to students and faculty.
Mehret spoked to the students about her work, her experiences, and the complex infrastructure that collects data on public health around the world. The students asked her questions and were very intrigued, since they had the opportunity to meet a real-life example of what they had been learning about in their classes.