Edirin Okoloko

Edirin Okoloko (ES ’14) is currently pursuing a degree in History of Science/History of Medicine. After working for a number of years at Aim High St. Louis, a summer enrichment program for low-income youth, and studying bioethical issues, she began to develop a keen interest in HIV/AIDS infection and general reproductive health in Sub-Saharan Africa. With her course of study at Yale, she is especially focusing on the social and cultural circumstances that affect society and, consequently, the state of health globally. Specifically, Edirin wants to address HIV/AIDS infection by engaging social factors like entrenched beliefs of gender inequality that lead to prostitution and abuse, the taboo nature of homosexuality that leads to high risk behaviors, and the general lack of formal and informal education that result in all of the above. Edirin is a member of Community Health Educators, teaching workshops about healthy relationships and abuse to high schoolers in New Haven. She also serves on the executive boards for the Black Student Alliance at Yale and the Yale Black Women's Coalition, and is a member of Teeth Slam Poets. After graduating from Yale, she hopes to pursue a Masters of Public Health.

Ezra Stiles
History of Science, History of Medicine