Born in Mexico and raised in Atlanta, GA, Laila Alvarez is currently a senior at Pitzer College majoring in Human Biology. She spent a summer abroad studying epidemiology and comparative perspectives of health in Costa Rica. After her time abroad, Laila volunteered at her local hospital, providing translations and enrolling patients into temporary health insurance in the emergency room. Laila hopes to pursue a career removing language, cultural, and economic barriers to health care. She has worked with the American Civil Liberties Union analyzing and collecting data on health and human rights violations in San Bernardino County jails in California. After Pitzer Laila hopes to pursue a Juris Doctor degree in order to advocate and remove policies that make health care inaccessible for communities of color.
Updated May 2018