Why did you choose your major or program? 

As a future public health nutrition professional, it is vital for me to improve human rights and social justice in our underserved communities, including the Hispanic-Latinx community. I want to incorporate public health efforts in developing evidence-based and culturally sensitive solutions for our communities’ needs. As someone with a history of experiencing issues relating to nutrition insecurity, LGBTQ discrimination, and individuals with disabilities, I plan to explore this relationship between one’s health and social equity as a student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

What is a fun fact about you that few people know?

Not many know that one of my first pets was a duck, and his name was Daffy.

What is your favorite song and why?

Men in Black from “Men in Black” – Will Smith. Whenever I need a song to get me going, Men in Black gets me moving! The groove, baby!

What is your current favorite streaming binge and why?

I just finished watching both new Sailor Moon Eternal movies on Netflix. One of my childhood memories is watching Sailor Moon right after school and waiting to see my favorite squad, the Outer Scouts.

What is your favorite hobby or activity you like to do in your free time?

My all-time favorite hobbies include watercolor painting, photography, and cooking!

How do you practice self-care?

Listening to my body and its needs, appreciating the blessings in my life, and making sure I have my alone time to recharge mentally and physically.

How are you adjusting to the “new normal” as we’re emerging from this pandemic? Do you have any tips for other students who are going back to college this semester?

I would say I am in need of advice since I will be returning to college from working for over a year. I’m sure it’s about setting times for all occasions, studying, resting, nourishing ourselves, and spending time with others. Remember we are in unprecedented times, so take a breather.

As a Point BIPOC Scholar, what is your message to other LGBTQ+ BIPOC students?

Pride month ended, but remember that Pride is a celebration of who we are and the life we live. Remember it is a celebration of our forebears who suffered so much and fought so hard to get us to where we are today. Remember that every step you take in your professional and educational career, to celebrate and continue having hope, continue fighting for a better future, for the next generation.

This post’s responses were submitted by Point BIPOC Scholar Israel Ramirez Jurado (He/Him/They).

Israel is currently studying nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Read more about the Point BIPOC Scholarship for LGBTQ students program here.

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