We are thrilled to announce that Audrey Ogendi has been selected as the Young Women Leaders Program’s 2016 Global Intern.

Audrey is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is seeking admission to UVA’s MD-MPH dual degree program. As a 3rd year in the College of Arts and Sciences, Audrey was a YWLP Big Sister and she served as a YWLP Mentoring Group Facilitator as a 4th year. Audrey majored in Women, Gender and Sexuality and is a member of the College’s class of 2015. Audrey came to UVA as a graduate of the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, a public boarding school in Mobile, Alabama. She is a dual citizen of the US and Kenya.

Audrey and YWLP Program Director, Jaronda Miller-Bryant.

Audrey and YWLP Program Director, Jaronda Miller-Bryant.

In addition to her experience with YWLP as an undergraduate, Audrey has led initiatives to improve gender equality in her high school and abroad. As a Center for Global Health Scholar and Jefferson Public Citizen, Audrey was one of four students funded to travel to Limpopo, South Africa to pilot a program requested by the local Department of Health. The group worked to improve the pediatric development assessment skills of nurses working in clinics in rural communities. Audrey also sits on the executive board of the peer advising program that the Office of African American Affairs offers to help 1st year and transfer students transition to life at UVA. She founded a program called Women of the World (WOW) at her high school to respond to the need she and her peers had for support in facing the challenges of peer pressure and self-image in adolescence.

Audrey began her journey to Cameroon this past weekend and will be visiting the Cameroon Sister Sites with Caroline Beringyuy during the first two weeks of March. We wish her safe travels and look forward to hearing about her time in Cameroon. Check back here in a few weeks to see pictures and read about her experience!