Meet Milken Institute SPH's Fall 2014 Student Ambassadors

Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) recently welcomed new student ambassadors who will be working with the Milken Institute SPH Office of Admissions. The student ambassadors are available to answer prospective student questions, and offer their first-hand perspectives on the Milken Institute SPH student experience.

The student ambassadors have a variety of backgrounds. Read more about their interests and experiences below. If you are interested in speaking with one of the student ambassadors please email


Solape AjiboyeSolape Ajiboye, MPH - Community-Oriented Primary Care

Solape Ajiboye is a second year Master of Public Health student, concentrating in Community-Oriented Primary Care. Originally, from Raleigh, North Carolina, Solape obtained a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, she served as a Buckley Public Service Scholar, participated in an alternative spring break program to improve literacy, and led a student-led retreat on diversity and leadership. Through these experiences, she discovered her passion for service and community engagement. At GW, Solape works as a research assistant at the GW Cancer Institute and has volunteered with the GW Healing Clinic. In her free time Solape enjoys dancing, exploring DC, and spending time with friends!


Kristely Bastien, MPH - Global Health

Kristely Bastien is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Public Health, Global Health concentration. She has a bachelor’s degree in health science from Boston University, where she discovered her love for Spanish while studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. She is also passionate about disability awareness, cultural competency, the Boston Celtics and traveling. At GW she works as a graduate assistant in the Center for Student Engagement and volunteers with Interdisciplinary Student Community-Oriented Prevention Enhancement Service’s (ISCOPES) Healthy Teen Scholars, working with DC public high school youth interested in health careers. A native Bostonian, Kristely loves exploring the diverse neighborhoods of DC, painting and Groupon-ing!


Katie MerrittKatie Merritt, MPH - Environmental Health Science and Policy

Katie Merritt is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Public Health Environmental Health Science and Policy track. Originally from Houston, Texas, she pursued a neuroscience and pre-med dual degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she spent her days out of the lab hiking and growing vegetables in her garden. Before committing full-time to a research position, she worked with a Pro-Tour cycling team that allowed her opportunities to travel in Europe. After graduation, Katie took to traveling across the US and found a new home in the Bay Area, where she lived for two years. Now in our Nation’s Capital, she spends her time learning about sustainability in the District and how to minimize GW’s environmental footprint, works in Center for Risk Science and Public Health as a student employee, and plans to find a job after graduation that engages her passion towards sustainable improvements to large-scale food systems in America. 


Stuart PortmanStuart Portman, MPH - Health Policy

Stuart Portman is a St. Louis, Missouri native currently working on his Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy. He received a degree in biology and political science from the University of Denver, where he worked in a genetic forensics lab for four years, as well as spent his time promoting social justice and inclusive excellence. In 2011, he studied how public health initiatives are implemented in Northern Europe while studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. When not learning about Medicare or Medicaid, he spends his time learning about pressing health services issues that impact people across the country. He is currently the president of the Public Health Student Association, as well as a research assistant in the Department of Health Policy. Stuart enjoys touring cities on foot, perfecting cookie recipes, hiking, and musing about the political associations between public health ideas and practice.