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Cozette Boakye is a second-year MPH student studying International Health and Development at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She was first introduced to design thinking in the fall of 2018 by taking the Fast 48 Bootcamp. In her role as the CI Social Venture Accelerator graduate student fellow, Cozette provides support and mentorship to Tulane graduate students who are passionate about creating sustainable social ventures.

Boakye received her BS in Public Health and minors in Biology and Sociology from Xavier University of Louisiana. At Tulane, she serves as the Social Events Chair for the Tulane African Student Association (TASA). Through public health, she is interested in examining the impact of chronic stressors, depression, and discrimination has on health disparities amongst people of color. This past summer, she was able to combine this passion with design thinking through working with the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies. Boakye worked on a team to pilot the NObility project, which utilized design-thinking strategies to expand access to sexual and reproductive health education to students with diverse learning needs, and LGBTQIA youth.

Boakye is excited to collaborate and learn from the Taylor community. She is also looking forward to utilizing design thinking more to combat health issues in communities of color.

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