2022 - 2023 Fellows

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Shalini Gossain (she/her) is a rising junior pursuing a major in Cell Biology and Neuroscience and a minor in Religion. She became interested in advocating for social issues through the New Jersey Organizing Project (NJOP): a power building organization that focuses on disaster recovery systems and the opioid overdose crisis. As an organizing fellow for NJOP, Shalini had the opportunity to conduct 1-1 meetings with members who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic. She enjoyed generating deep connections and listening to their self-interests. In 2021, Shalini joined a delegation of NJOP members on a trip to NYC to call for global access to the COVID-19 vaccines, which was a pivotal moment in which drove her to work on a global perspective. This summer, Shalini has started her new job role at RWJ University Hospital as a Clinical Care Technician, and she aims to pursue medicine upon graduation. Through this Fellowship, Shalini is excited to think critically, engage in valued conversations, and learn how global issues and events impact us directly and indirectly. In her free time, Shalini likes to bike, do yoga, and watch the Great British Bake Off.