Diversity Services Team

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


Darlene Francis (Faculty Director)

Darlene Francis, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health and Neuroscience, has a PhD in Neurobiology from McGill University. There she studied stress and development in animal models. She also spent two years, during a graduate school 'hiatus' as a social worker for Quebec social services. At UC Berkeley she is an Associate Professor with her primary appointment in the School of Public Health and a joint appointment in the Neuroscience Institute. Her PhD students come from a variety of programs on campus including Epidemiology, Psychology and Integrative Biology. Her research program explores how biological, psychological and social processes interact over a lifetime to influence health and vulnerability to disease. In sum, her research explores how experience and social factors are transduced into biology.

Contact info: darlenefrancis@berkeley.edu


Durrain Ansari-Yan

Durrain Ansari-Yan (DREAM Office Director)

Durrain Ansari-Yan, MPH, is the Director of the DREAM Office at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Durrain is a Muslim, an immigrant, a woman of color, and a mom, daughter, and partner, and she lets these identities guide her in her work. Her passion lies at the intersection of education & public health and she strives to find ways to make higher education more accessible and more welcoming to people who do not see themselves represented in institutions of higher learning. Durrain has an undergraduate degree in psychology from UCLA and a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from UC Berkeley. While Durrain loves data and talking about research – she found that her heart is more full when working with students. Durrain is so excited to partner with you during your time at UC Berkeley!

Contact info: durrain@berkeley.edu | (510) 664-7240


Michelle Azurin

Michelle Azurin (Diversity Outreach Coordinator)

Michelle Azurin, MPH, is a Diversity Outreach Coordinator for the DREAM Office at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Neuroscience, she obtained an internship with the Riverside County Public Health Department on the Kaiser HEAL Zone Initiative, which helped her realize her passion for improving food access and security and reducing diet-related health disparities. After coming to Berkeley to pursue an MPH in public health nutrition, she volunteered with the Berkeley vs. Big Soda campaign to pass the nation’s first soda tax, and spent her summer internship working on projects related to food access, local food and urban agriculture policy, and community engagement for Long Beach Fresh and the Berkeley Food Institute. Michelle also loves to help students navigate the field of public health and graduate school, which she has been able to do in her current role and as a former GRADS Coordinator for the DREAM Office.

Contact info: mazurin@berkeley.edu | (510) 664-7240


Debbie Kim (GRADS Coordinator)

Debbie Kim (GRADS Coordinator)

Debbie Kim is a GRADS Coordinator with the DREAM Office at UC Berkeley School of Public Health and is a second-year MPH student in Health and Social Behavior. She grew up in Mission Viejo, CA and received her B.S. degree from UC San Diego in Psychology with an emphasis on Clinical Psychology and a minor in Biology. After graduating, she worked in Health Promotion Services at UC San Diego, managing a wellness lounge and coordinating and evaluating wellness and de-stress programming while connecting students with campus well-being resources. During her time at UC Berkeley, she has worked as a Graduate Student Researcher for the UC Berkeley PATH to Care Center, conducting a comprehensive literature review on sexual violence prevention and evaluation support, as a Sexual and Reproductive Health Intern at Essential Access Health working on decreasing re-infection rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea, and as a Clinic Operations Intern at Marin Community Clinics, implementing Continuity of Care on an organizational-wide level. In her spare time, she is a huge LA Dodgers fan, a lover of dogs, running, yoga, and hiking.

Contact info: sphgrads@berkeley.edu | (510) 643-7900


Juan Carlos Pina

Juan Carlos Piña (GRADS Coordinator)

Juan Carlos is a GRADS Coordinator with the DREAM Office at UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He is second-year MPH Candidate in the Health and Social Behavior program.  He is originally from Bridgeport, California - a rural town nestled between the Eastern Sierra Mountains and graduated from UC Davis with a double major in Psychology and Chicana/o Studies. After graduating, he worked as a research assistant for the California Heat Illness Prevention Study (CHIPS) led by UC Davis Center for Health and the Environment. He is a proud Kaiser Permanente Scholar and is currently involved with their Community Benefit department leading a park evaluation project focusing on the impact of renovated parks, playgrounds, and green spaces in disadvantaged communities. In his spare time he enjoys attending concerts, snowboarding, and eating all types of foods!

Contact info: sphgrads@berkeley.edu | (510) 643-7900


Beverly Shen (Epidemiology + Biostatistics Tutor)

Beverly Shen (Epidemiology + Biostatistics Tutor)

Beverly is a doctoral student in Environmental Health Sciences. After graduating from UCLA with a BS in biology, she worked in the biotech industry where her interest in exposures to chemicals piqued and she returned to school at UC Berkeley to obtain an MS in Environmental Health Sciences with a concentration in Global Health and Environment. Beverly's research interests include green chemistry and sustainable manufacturing practices as relates to occupational health and the circular economy. Her dissertation will explore the failure of the US chemical management system in following the precautionary principle, and the subsequent contamination of workplaces and health impacts of those in the US and beyond as a result of that failure. Outside of school, Beverly enjoys backpacking, watching horror movies, and discussing Harry Potter and Bob’s Burgers trivia.

Contact info: beverlyshen@berkeley.edu


Lo Hampton (Student Group Specialist)

Lo Hampton (Student Group Specialist)

Loren (Lo) Hampton is the Student Group Specialist with the DREAM Office and the Center for Public Health Practice and Leadership at UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She is a second-year MPH Candidate in the Maternal Child and Adolescent Health program.  She is originally from South Florida, but has lived up and down the east coast before moving to the Bay. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with major in Psychology and a minor in chemistry. After graduating, she worked for a global leadership training company in NYC before starting graduate school. She is a proud Kaiser Permanente Scholar and is currently involved with the creation of the new student group Black Advocates for Equity in Health (BAEH). In her spare time she enjoys exercising, watching football, and talking with friends and family!

Contact info: sph_studentgroup_specialist@berkeley.edu


Fiona Diec (Graphic Designer)

Fiona Diec (Graphic Designer) 

Fiona is a second year undergraduate student who is currently undeclared but hoping to pursue a degree in psychology. She is originally from Rosemead, CA - a small city near Los Angeles. She is currently a graphic designer for the DREAM Office and is passionate about using her skill set to outreach to and work with under-resourced and underrepresented communities.

Contact info: fdiec@berkeley.edu


Lily Calleros, Assistant to Diversity and the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership

Lily Calleros (Assistant to Diversity and the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership)

Lily is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Public Health with a minor in Public Policy. She is originally from Pacoima, California, a small city in the San Fernando Valley. She accredits her passion now, to her experiences in Pacoima, and plans to continue to study Public Health to help dismantle barriers to education and health in inner cities. Lily is currently the Events Chair for Diversity, Inclusion, Community, and Equity (D.I.C.E), and assists the Diversity department and the Center for Public Health Practice and Leadership.

Contact info: calleros.lilia@berkeley.edu


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:
(510) 643-7900

See our GRADS Coordinators and Ambassadors bios.