Alexandra Banks

Visiting a cancer institute as a young Girl Scout and later volunteering at a dialysis clinic, this person’s mother showed her exactly how to be a valuable community leader. She has fully taken on that leadership role. She mentors high-school students even as she studies urban public health. 
With a family history of pancreatic cancer I learned first-hand how quickly being diagnosed with cancer can alter a person's life. As a public health student she has learned that with proper prevention, eliminating risk factors early on, proper screening, and also better access to treatments as minorities we can reduce and eliminate cancer health disparities. 
Alexandra earned her bachelor's in German Studies from the University of Michigan and her master's in Urban Public Health  from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
"The program gave me motivation to continue to pursue a degree in cancer research," said Alexandra.