Raahina is a junior at Duke University from Atlanta, Georgia. She is pursuing a major in Neuroscience and also studies sociology, policy, and health. Raahina is a mental health peer responder and mentor, undergraduate science journal writer and editor, and neuroscience and global health researcher at Duke. She also creates programming and initiatives to promote the arts and its diverse community on campus. Raahina hopes to work at the intersection of policy, science, and social change in the future. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, painting, and traveling. Invisible chronic illnesses and disabilities have impacted Raahina’s family and others close to her, inspiring her to learn more and become a better advocate in her communities in Atlanta and in North Carolina.
Anna is a junior at Duke University majoring in Biology with a Concentration in Pharmacology with a Chemistry minor. She researches in radiation oncology lab studying radiation sensitizers for glioma and glioblastoma treatment. Aside from spending nights in the cell culture room, Anna also works in an undergraduate research society, in house council, and peer advising. Anna loves to write and works on a project in expressive writing for pediatric oncology survivors and caregivers. She hopes to become a physician scientist focusing pediatric oncology and the development of effective, reduced toxicity drugs for pediatric cancers. She's excited to learn more about the world of invisible diseases and patient advocacy.