Katie Steider is an alumna of the 2010 Cohort. With the scholarship provided by the VIH Program, Katie studied community public health in Santiago, Dominican Republic during the summer of 2010. During her stay, Katie was deeply influenced by the story of the Mirabal Sisters – national heroines who lead the opposition against the country’s tyrannical dictator – and enjoyed serving the local community and educating them about important health issues. Upon her return, Katie and her CEE team organized and facilitated a student film and arts festival, Speak Out!, on Washington & Jefferson College’s campus that focused on gender issues. Katie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Washington & Jefferson College in 2012 with a dual degree in Cell/Molecular Biology and Spanish. After a year of infectious disease research as a Fellow with the New York State Department of Health, Katie returned to Pittsburgh to pursue a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology. In her spare time, Katie enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and curling up with a good book and a cup of tea. Katie is very excited to join the VIH Program as the Graduate Student Assistant for the 2014-2015 academic year and is looking forward to giving back to the program that influenced her so much.