Dawne Harris is an alumnus of the 1998 Project L/EARN class, and this is her first year as the teaching assistant for the Project L/EARN's summer training program. She will graduate from Rutgers College this year, with degrees in Psychology and Africana Studies. Under the guidance of Dr. Jane Miller, Dawne has studied maternal and child health. Dawne is a substitute teacher in the Piscataway school system, a position which she says "has really helped [her] prepare and teach this year's class." She comments that it was "definitely a challenge for [her] to make such a quick transition from being an intern in last year's Project L/EARN class to [her] new position as the T.A."
Dawne was recently awarded a fellowship from the Rutgers University Undergraduate Fellows Program, and will work on a paper that analyzes racial differences in cancer awareness. She will continue studying this topic under the mentorship of Dr. Jane Miller. Before Project L/EARN, Dawne states that "graduate school was always in the back of [her] mind, but after L/EARN, it was more of an attainable goal, something [she] could almost touch. [She] can't visualize doing anything else but continuing health research." Dawne plans to pursue a doctorate in Public Health, in either health policy or health care administration. Concerned with "the growing disparity in the health status of Blacks," Dawne hopes to one day run a health clinic, particularly in an urban, underserved community.