Support

A Commitment to Support

At the Fairbanks School of Public Health, we want all students, faculty and staff to feel like they belong here. And an important aspect of community is having support. 

We are working daily to build a community that supports the unique qualities of everyone in our school. Read the stories of our faculty, staff and students... and then share yours to help inspire others!

Get Inspired by the Fairbanks Family

Te'Nia Jackson

Te’Nia, a senior at FSPH, completed a special events internship with FSPH alumna, Kelsey, at Cancer Support Community. She learned about the internship after taking the initiative one day to visit and talk with Kelsey. 

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Faiza Qureshi

Freshman Faiza Qureshi found her passion for policy and healthcare reform during her high school debate days. Faiza’s long-term goal is to work her way into the C-suite of a hospital and is excited about beginning the journey.

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Preston Carson

Preston Carson

Carson is a junior in the Accelerated BS in HSM – MHA program and maintains an impressive GPA. Originally from Frankfort, Indiana, he thinks Indianapolis offers a unique opportunity for studying public health. 

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Alex Simonton

Alex Simonton

Though her new role as Co-Clinic manager at IHA is a significant time commitment, Alex enjoys her contribution to the community. See how she went from patient safety intern to now overseeing student volunteers.

 

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Beth Brouwer

Beth is a recent graduate of the BS in health services management program. With a passion for both healthcare and law, many of her pursuits inside and outside the classroom have centered around human rights issues.

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Jazmin Jones

Jazmin Jones

Jazmin wants to work in college health and make a difference in the classroom. Her passion lead her to work with the Office of Health and Welllness Promotion at IUPUI and she is now pursuing an MPH degree. 

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Nadia Adams

In recognition of her efforts, Nadia was selected by the Indianapolis Business Journal as a Forty Under 40 honoree. A native of Fort Wayne, she is making a major impact in Central Indiana.

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Fatima Saidou

Fatima interned with FSPH to learn more about Global Health and decided to share her story to inspire other students. Learn about her experience as an African student at IUPUI and why she calls it home.

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Kyle Harris

Kyle, a health data science student, completed a data science internship with ClusterTruck, a one-of-a-kind restaurant that delivers restaurant-quality food to people wherever they are

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Meet Some of Our First-Generation Faculty & Staff

Charity Bishop, Lecturer

“As a first generation student, you often have no idea of all of the resources available on campuses to support you and ensure a positive and successful university experience. Don’t hesitate—find the resources you need and take advantage of them—they are rightfully yours to access!”


Thomas Duszynski, Lecturer, Epidemiology Education Director

“It was one of the most exciting and scariest times in my life. No one knew really what college was about or what to expect. My mother literally sewed my name on the towels and clothes.”


Rachel Forster, Associate Director of Undergraduate Recruitment

“Take advantage of the great resources campus offers. If you are unsure where to start, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Remember you have made it this far and you are capable of accomplishing great things!”


Timothy McFarlane, Lecturer

“If you’re like me and many other first generation students you will at times feel like an imposter. What you should remember is this is not unique to first generation students, EVERYONE will have these moments. Keep grinding in the face of failure and you will be successful.”


Kayla Rinker, Undergraduate Academic Advisor

“Take some time to explore and find those opportunities that allow you to build relationships with individuals who can support you through your college experience. Opportunities are not always waiting at your doorstep, so take the first step in exploring your options. That first step may feel scary, nut it will pay off!”


Adrianne Robertson, Writer and Content Strategist

“As first-generation college student, I felt empowered, and yet clueless. If I could offer any advice to today’s first gens, it would be to ask questions the entire way. Lean on others who have taken this route before you. Never allow fear or shame to keep you from seeking resources/support. You’re making a great accomplishment and long-term investment in your future! That is more than commendable.” 


Tess Weathers, Research Associate

“Getting my college degree was life-changing! It opened my eyes to so many different ideas, people, places and possibilities for my life that I had no even thought of before. I grew up in a small town in Tennessee, and without family to show me the way, I was often unsure what to do. (By the way, if that’s you, seek out guidance. I wish I had!) But, with some grit, I made it through. You can too!”


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Share your first-generation college student story to inspire other students. Your entry may be featured on First Generation Day or during First Generation Week, a nationwide movement that IUPUI participates in to celebrate First-Gen students.

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See what programs, internships, and career pathways other students have taken. 

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