ASU grad found her path in global health


April 29, 2020

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates.

Emily Eavenson knew she wanted to work in health care but didn’t know where to start. She began her college career taking courses to help her become a doctor, but soon realized this wasn’t quite the right fit. She knew she wanted to help people and make a positive impact in communities. Emily Eavenson School of Human Evolution and Social Change Emily Eavenson. Download Full Image

Eavenson changed her degree to nursing — and while that was closer to her end goal, she still felt she was missing something. After meeting with an adviser, she realized she could marry her two passions by studying global health.

“I am confident my degree in global health has prepared me to be a multifaceted and culturally competent future health care professional,” Eavenson said.

The Holbrook, Arizona, native is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in global health this spring from Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

Eavenson shared more about her time at ASU, and her plans to continue her studies to become a certified midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner.

Editor's note: Answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Question: Which professor taught you the most important lesson while at ASU?

Answer: Associate Professor Katie Hinde has taught me many lessons while at ASU, like the importance of being a justice-seeking and good global citizen, or challenging nations, communities and individuals to increase responsibility in reducing inequities in marginalized and indigenous communities. Most importantly, she taught me how to keep moving forward. She has continued to remind me that I am not alone and that I am capable of great things. I will always be grateful for her mentorship and guidance throughout my college career. 

Q: What was your favorite spot on campus, whether for studying, meeting friends or just thinking about life?

A: The second level of the Hayden Library tower. More specifically, the chairs that faced the west windows overlooking Hayden Lawn. I found this gem during my freshman year and it will forever be the place that made me feel the most calm and focused. 

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school? 

A: It took me a while, and many odd classes, to find my true passion for global health and nursing. But once I found what clicked for me, everything else fell into place. I learned more about myself through every trial. I learned that I was resilient. And most importantly I learned that failing was OK. So, to those who are still in school, the best piece of advice that I can give you is to have grace with yourself, forgive yourself for your shortcomings, and always keep moving forward.  

Q: What are your plans after graduation? 

A: After graduation, I am hoping to attend a nursing program to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Beyond nursing school, I am also hoping to further my education to become a certified midwife (CM) and women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP). As a CM and WHNP with a global health background, I would like to work with a humanitarian or government organization to provide women’s health care services to marginalized and indigenous communities, both locally and globally. 

Eavenson also received the following scholarships: Holbrook Elks Lodge #2450 — Most Valuable Student Scholarship, Arizona State Troopers Association Scholarship, Holbrook Kiwanis Club Scholarship, Knights of Columbus Scholarship, Jennifer Good Memorial Scholarship, Miss Navajo County and Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program — Miss Navajo County’s Outstanding Teen 2015, ASU Dean’s Award, ASU Solutions Grant, ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change Study Abroad Scholarship, and the Westminster Village Employee Scholarship.

Taylor Woods

Communications program coordinator, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

480-965-6215

Two classes changed everything for global health graduate


April 29, 2020

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates.

Two classes changed it all for Alyssa Lindsey. One course investigated what makes us human by looking at animal models and studying early development, while the other explored societies and cultures around the world. They changed her path from medical studies to global health. Alyssa Lindsey School of Human Evolution and Social Change Alyssa Lindsey. Download Full Image

Lindsey, a Phoenix native, is graduating from Arizona State University this spring with a Bachelor of Arts in global health from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and a Bachelor of Arts in English.

After those two pivotal classes, Lindsey realized there is a great need for work in our public and global health systems. From then on, her undergraduate work and research focused on social determinants of health and improving health outcomes for vulnerable people locally and internationally.

Her extensive undergraduate research projects have prepared her well for the next chapter of her education. A highlight was working with the Global Impact Collaboratory’s prenatal health care utilization group at a local refugee women’s center. Lindsey did a literature review that was used by ASU researchers for a paper they published.

Lindsey is also a student worker at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, transcribing interviews for research conducted by President’s Professors Alexandra Brewis-Slade and Amber Wutich. Lindsey also helped them copy edit a 2019 book, "Lazy, Crazy, and Disgusting: Stigma and the Undoing of Global Health."

Her work also includes a project with School for the Future of Innovation in Society Assistant Professor Lindsay Smith, searching news articles and policy changes to create a timeline about DNA testing.

During her undergraduate studies, Lindsey received an English Department Homecoming Award for Poetry and the PULSE scholarship from the School of Transborder Studies. 

Lindsey shared more about her time at ASU and her plans for graduate school. 

Editor's note: Answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Question: What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you or changed your perspective?

Answer: The biggest lesson I’m going to be taking away from my time at ASU is that no experience or lesson is useless or empty. I’ve taken advantage of opportunities that were seemingly unrelated to my future career goals — majoring in poetry, interning at a magazine, joining the marching band — and all of those opportunities taught me how to work effectively, write with passion and how to de-stress in a healthy way.

Q: Which professor taught you the most important lesson while at ASU?

A: I’ll quote Hud, the director of the marching band here at ASU. “Do your Monday homework on Monday, your Tuesday homework on Tuesday…” You know the rest.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school?

A: Take time for yourself. If that means playing an hour of Animal Crossing or cuddling with your dog, do it!

Q: What was your favorite spot on campus, whether for studying, meeting friends or just thinking about life?

A: My favorite spot on campus is the lawn outside of Gammage. I usually take my dog, Chepa, with me on campus and this is one of our favorite spots to sit and sunbathe.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: I will be attending Emory University after graduation to pursue a Master of Public Health degree. After that? Research? PhD? Nonprofit work? I’ll go anywhere I can make a meaningful difference. 

Taylor Woods

Communications program coordinator, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

480-965-6215