Diversity Services Team

D.R.E.A.M. (Diversity Respect Equity Action Multiculturalism) Team

Durrain Ansari-Yan, MPH
Diversity Outreach Coordinator

Durrian Ansari-YanContact information:
durrain@berkeley.edu
(510) 664-7240
461.2 University Hall

Durrain Ansari-Yan, diversity outreach coordinator, is passionate about working with students to help them navigate the field of public health, especially those who have faced social, educational, and economic obstacles in their pursuit of education. She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MPH from UC Berkeley in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, with a specialty area in Multicultural Health. Some of her past work includes working with primary care providers to implement more culturally relevant care for populations living with HIV, helping to develop a culturally appropriate and sustainable model of care for Filipinas living with breast cancer, and analyzing life expectancy disparities in Marin County.

Durrain assists prospective students by providing one-on-one advising to assess academic preparation, provides information about internships, and gives application advice. She is also responsible for scheduling outreach events that the D.R.E.A.M. Office team attends throughout the year. If you're organizing a health fair or would like to do a workshop for your students, please contact Durrain—she will be happy to help you!

Michelle Azurin, MPH
Diversity Outreach Coordinator

Michelle AzurinContact information:
mazurin@berkeley.edu
(510) 664-7240
461.2 University Hall

Michelle Azurin is a Diversity Outreach Coordinator for the D.R.E.A.M. Office (Diversity Respect Equity Action Multiculturalism Office) at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. She has an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from UCLA and obtained her MPH from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition. She decided to pursue a degree in public health after interning with the Riverside County Public Health Department on the Kaiser HEAL Zone Initiative, a program aimed at improving food access and security and reducing diet-related health disparities. After coming to Berkeley, she worked on the Berkeley vs. Big Soda campaign to pass the nation’s first soda tax, and spent her summer working on projects related to food access, local food and urban agriculture policy, and community engagement for Long Beach Fresh. Her passion for promoting social equity and cultural sensitivity through developing alternative food systems inspired her to launch Cooking Simplified, a social enterprise that aims to improve the affordability and convenience of cooking through an affordable meal kit service. Michelle is also committed to helping underrepresented students navigate the field of public health and apply to graduate school, which she has been able to do in her current role and as a former GRADS (Graduate Recruitment & Diversity Services) Coordinator for the School of Public Health.

Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Services (GRADS) Coordinators and Ambassadors

The GRADS program provides prospective and current students with a team of student volunteers who can give advice, offer support, foster connectedness, and share their own experiences at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Contact information:
sphgrads@berkeley.edu
(510) 642-6698

See our GRADS Coordinators and Ambassadors bios.