Region: NYC: Bronx/Manhattan
Program Institution: Barnard College
College/University: Barnard College
Major/Minor: B.A. Anthropology
Graduation Date: 2011
Graduate School/University: Weill Cornell’s
Employer: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital,
Healthy Schools, Healthy Families Columbia University Pediatrics,
Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP)
Significant Professional or Academic Accomplishments:
Sasha Hernandez joined Barnard College’s CSTEP in 2009.
She graduated in May of 2011, with a major in Anthropology
and a Pre-Med concentration. During her time at Barnard Sasha
was constantly seeking opportunities that enriched her academic
experiences. Such enthusiasm and determination lead her to
Clinica Universitaria Bolivariana, in Medellin, Colombia where
she interned for a month during the summer of 2009, a Spanish
Medical Interpreter at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital,
a Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator at Healthy Schools, Healthy
Families Columbia University Pediatrics and various jobs as
a Laboratory Research Assistant as well.
She decided to take a couple of years off after graduating
from Barnard in 2011. Sasha wanted to carve out time before
medical school to focus on her interests, and giving back
to the community. During this time she cultivated her passion
for volunteering both in New York and abroad. In 2012 she
became a volunteer teacher with ASTEP. Artists Striving to
End Poverty (ASTEP) connects performing and visual artists
with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to
awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help
them break the cycle of poverty.
Last August she traveled 8300 miles to Bangalore, India
to work at one of ASTEP’s partnering schools, Shanti
Bhavan. This residential school is grounded in the belief
that the effects of extreme poverty can be overcome if the
problems are tackled in the early stages of a child’s
development. During her five weeks in India she taught general
and organic chemistry and led public speaking sessions.
Sasha is now attending Weill Cornell’s Medical College.