Meet the HSI TAs

Angelina Phan

Hello everyone, my name is Angelina (she/they). I am a fourth-year Public Health major, minoring in Global Public Health. As an intern, I was placed at the YWCA where I planned the curriculum and mentored elementary school girls for TechGYRLS in an effort to spark interest and increase girls’ involvement in STEAM fields. I am currently serving as HSI’s External Assistant Coordinator for this academic year. This Fall, I will be moving into my fourth semester as a TA and I’m very excited to meet you all! In my free time, I love to watch sunsets from anywhere I can, pet strangers’ dogs, and play lots of volleyball!


Safia Iman

Hey! I’m Safia but you can call me Safi. I’m a fourth-year Public Health major minoring in Data Science. This will be my third semester as a TA. When I was an intern, I helped out at the East Bay Center for the Blind and I came away seeing problems with public transportation I had never considered before. I love being a TA and hope to create a supportive environment for interns. Can’t wait to talk!


Mahima Sinha

Hi everyone! My name is Mahima and I’m a third-year Public Health major. This will be my second semester as an HSI TA! As an intern, I participated in the Capstone program and I attended modules by guest speakers on many interesting topics such as grant writing and social media advocacy. I was also an intern at Global Healing, an organization dedicated to improving access to high-quality healthcare in underserved countries. I currently serve as the Capstone Assistant Coordinator for HSI, and I look forward to working with all of you!


Razi Corne

Hi! My name is Razi and I am a third-year majoring in public health. When I was an intern, I was placed at the Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center where I helped to provide resources and support for homeless women and children. This will be my third semester as an HSI TA and I am really excited to help grow my interns’ passion for Public Health as well as my own.


Julia Cheunkarndee

Hello! My name is Julia, and I’m currently a third-year Public Health major. This will be my second semester as an HSI TA. In fall 2020, I was a part of the HSI intern cohort and volunteered at the YWCA as a part of the Student Leadership Board. This program has really opened my eyes to the possibilities and complexities within the field of public health, and I’m excited to continue learning with you. Outside of HSI, I like to paint, read, and go on long, aimless walks.


Mari Sakamoto

Hi! My name is Mari and I am a fourth-year studying Nutritional Sciences. As an HSI intern, I interned for BOSS, which is a non-profit organization that works to provide housing solutions for folks in the Bay Area experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. I also interned with YWCA’s Girls Group Mentoring Program, where we worked to develop a website to amplify the artwork and voices of Bay Area middle school-aged girls. I am so excited to be a TA and hope to help facilitate conversations surrounding the sectors of Public Health in an environment that encourages learning and empathy!


Isha Pema

Hi! My name is Isha and I am a third-year majoring in MCB and Public Health. I interned for two semesters at dNaga Dance Studio. I helped host dance empowerment workshops for victims of sex trafficking as well as the elderly suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. This will be my second semester as a TA and I am super excited to get to know everyone!


Prarthana Bhattacharya

Hi! My name is Prarthana. I’m a senior studying Public Health with a minor in Data Science. I was a Capstone intern during my time as an HSI intern. Aside from school, I enjoy spending time with friends, dancing, and knitting/crocheting. This will be my second semester as a TA!


Katie Lin

Hi! My name is Katie and I’m a fourth-year studying MCB and Public Health. Last semester I was a Capstone intern and had the opportunity to navigate a project focused on the intersectionality between housing instability and mental health in the Bay Area. I’m so excited for another semester of HSI and am looking forward to meeting everyone! Outside of HSI, I enjoy exploring the aisles of Trader Joe’s, trying new coffee shops, and going on early morning runs.


Avery Eun

Hi there! I’m Avery Eun (he/him). I am a third-year studying psychology and molecular & cell biology. During Spring 2021, I was an intern at GLIDE in the Men In Progress section. I facilitated weekly group counseling sessions with male domestic violence parolees to teach them the skills needed to work through their anger and facilitate their re-entry into society after incarceration. HSI gave me an opportunity to work with a population that I previously knew nothing about, and I am excited to TA for you and hear about your experiences as well!