Duretti Ahmad, Student Member
Duretti Ahmad is a rising second-year student at Vanderbilt University majoring in Medicine, Health, & Society, and minoring in Human & Organizational Development. As a Nashville native, Duretti is passionate about many aspects of her identity, and she shows this passion by promoting these identities on campus and throughout the city. On-campus, Duretti is involved in organizations such as the African Student Union, the Ethiopian and Eritrean Student Association as a board member, the Muslim Students Association, and the Black Students Association. In addition to these cultural organizations, Duretti is also involved with the Student
Advisory Council of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health as a case committee member. Off-campus, Duretti is the Vice President of the Oromo Youth Association of Nashville (OYA),
and a member of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). In OYA, she works closely with other Oromo youth in Nashville to promote cultural awareness for Oromo people. A major event with OYA is the annual culture show, where she has participated as a dancer. With TIRRC, Duretti engages in events, in addition to working as a canvasser during several election cycles. Her favorite part about working with TIRRC is being able to inform diverse communities in Nashville about the significance of voting. Granting communities access to various resources such as healthcare and education is a major goal for Duretti, and she continues to work hard with hopes to give back to her community. Furthermore, education policy
is crucial to Duretti because she believes that every student deserves access to quality instruction. In the future, Duretti intends to pursue a career in public health.