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Nicole Vayssier: ‘I Still Can’t Believe I Did All That’


Nicole Vayssier’s decision to focus on global health had much to do with the second-year M.P.H. student’s international background. Born in Peru to a Guatemalan mother and Dutch father, Vayssier grew up as part of a family that lived in many parts of the world – in South America, Asia and Europe – and she continues to make regular visits to Guatemala, where her parents currently live. “It’s a great privilege to live and work in the United States, but when I return home to see my family, the contrast is drastic,” says Vayssier, a student in the Department of Community Health Sciences. “Having lived in many different countries, from a young age I was aware of the social and health inequalities that continue to exist among disadvantaged groups. I feel I should be part of finding the solution.”