Shaun Jones


Shaun is a first-year doctoral student in the Cancer Epidemiology department in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. His primary research focuses on advancing health equity throughout the cancer care continuum for sexual and gender minority populations. He also plans to use epidemiological and biostatistical analysis to examine the relationship between smoking, nutrition access and neighborhood deprivation and cancer outcomes for marginalized populations. Shaun obtained a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University and a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Applied Epidemiology from UNC Chapel Hill. Shaun is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Simone Wilson


Simone is a rising third-year doctoral student at the School of Education concentrating on Culture, Curriculum, and Teacher Education. Her research focuses on exposing white supremacists logics and undoing racism as they appear in spaces of higher education. Simone obtained a BA in psychology from Emory University and a Masters in Social Work from University of Michigan. Simone is a Flint/Detroit, MI native (yes, she’ll explain).

Maurryce Starks


Maurryce is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. By use of neuroimaging techniques, Maurryce studies how complex social interactions can affect a person’s brain activity. Maurryce is a Cleveland, Ohio native and received his bachelor’s degree in Cognitive-Behavioral Neuroscience from The College of Wooster.

Tia Byers

Co- Service Chair

Tia Byers (She/Her) is a second-year doctoral student in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement concentration at the School of Education. Tia’s research focuses on power dynamics and disparities in education policy, school assignment policy, and school choice. Tia is a soon-to-be double Tarheel, receiving her BA in Public Policy from UNC–Chapel Hill. Tia is a born and bred North Carolinian hailing from Charlotte, NC.

Maya Hardrick

Programming Chair

Maya is a third-year doctoral student in school psychology in the School of Education. Her research focuses on how school-based performing arts programs may support the mental and academic wellbeing of minoritized students. Maya is a Savannah, GA native and obtained her BA in Medicine, Health, and Society (with 3 minors in Psychology, French, and Music!) from Vanderbilt University.

Denise Mantey


Denise Mantey (she/her) is a second-year master’s student studying library science at the School of Information and Library Science with a focus on archives and records management. Her interests lie in community-driven archives, research libraries, and museums. Denise earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Barnard College of Columbia University and is a proud New Jersey native.

Maya Chevalier

Co- Social Chair

Maya is a second-year MPH student in the Maternal Child and Family Health Concentration. Her focus is to improve maternal health rates for black women and ensure that all mothers receive adequate care. She received her BA in Biology and Health Sciences from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she discovered her passion for public health. Her interests outside of school are spending time with her family back home in DC, attending music festivals/concerts, and finding good places to eat with friends!