Biomedical Sciences ('22) / Medical Anthropology
I started PERIOD@UCF with Esha our sophomore year and served as our Vice-President for two years. I am a pre-med student and am super passionate about public health. When I’m not in class, you’ll likely find me working at the University Writing Center, involved with Pre-Med AMSA, or baking and cooking things for my blog @dishesbyrad!!
Why PERIOD: Through the past few years in PERIOD, I have developed a deep passion for not just reproductive health, but also advocating for equitable care. PERIOD has allowed me to learn how health care policies and perspectives have come to be, as well as work directly with communities in need to donate products and educate on proper hygiene and sexual education. I was lucky enough to grow up feeling comfortable to talk about my periods at home, but that isn’t the case for many menstruators in the Indian-American culture. So, PERIOD’s mission to tackle the stigma around periods directly speaks to me.
Period craving: Anything covered in dark chocolate!!
Directorship: Period Drive
Biomedical Sciences ('22) / Sociology
Hi everyone! I am so excited to be Vice President for PERIOD during my last year at UCF. Some of my hobbies include reading, working out, writing, painting, or doing anything outdoorsy! I hope to pursue medical school in future so I can fulfill my dream of being a physician. I look forward to another amazing year as a part of this organization!
Why PERIOD: In my sociology classes, I learned about dire issues plaguing our world. One of them is period poverty, so I’m happy I can help PERIOD at UCF as a part of the executive board! PERIOD teaches me that it’s up to each one of us to use our voice and stand up for the greater good.
Period craving: String cheese
Biomedical Sciences ('22) / Cultural/Global Health Anthropology
Hi! I’m Sophia, and I’m a senior studying Biomedical Science and Anthropology. I’m excited to be serving as Secretary of Period this year! When I’m not doing school work or anthro. research, I love learning new Indian recipes, hanging out with my dog, or watching cheesy romance movies!
Why PERIOD: I love that Period advocates and educates on the many facets of period inequality from an intersectional lens! I also think it’s super meaningful that we get to fill an unmet need by collecting and donating menstrual hygiene supplies. Overall, I feel really aligned with the mission of Period and am excited for what this next year brings!
Period craving: Bubble Tea!
Directorship: Education and Advocacy
Biomedical Sciences ('23)
I am going to be a junior at UCF in the fall and I hope to move on to medical school and become a physician. I love volunteering and being active in my community, which led me to join PERIOD. It has been one of the best decisions I‘ve made coming into college.
Why PERIOD: Growing up, I was fortunate enough to never have to worry about discussing my period health with my family. However, as I looked out further into my community and to other communities around the world, I realized how stigmatized the conversation about periods was and also how desperately it needed to happen. I wanted to join this movement to start shedding light on period poverty and stigma and work towards ending them both.
Period craving: Dark chocolate!
Biomedical Sciences ('23) / Mathematics / Diversity & Social Inequality
I've worked with PERIOD@UCF as a Media Relations director in the past and I'm excited to work with everyone as an officer this year! I'm a pre-medical student and I hope to receive my MD/MPH in the future, with a speciality in pediatrics. Outside my studies, you can find me working with RIEI, going to concerts, and exploring the local Orlando food scene. I'm an Orlando native and love to find new boba and coffee shops to try!
Why PERIOD: I have always been involved in advocacy regarding gender equality since high school and in college, I gained a passion for public health as well. PERIOD@UCF allows me to combine my two passions while fighting to end period stigma and poverty. I can truly make a difference in the realm of health access and education to make sure that change is being made. With Media Relations, I want to use social media as an avenue for social change to bring more awareness to the issues at hand.
Period craving: I have a huge sweet tooth, so I always get a boba drink when I'm on my period. Specifically the mango tea with cheese foam from Möge Tee!
Directorship: Media Relations
Presidential Advisor, Co-Founder
Biomedical Sciences ('22) / Spanish
I’m currently a senior and am originally from Michigan! This year I am applying to medical school and aspire to continue my work in women’s health as an OB/GYN.
Why PERIOD: As co-founder of PERIOD @ UCF, I am passionate about working to end the period stigma. Growing up as an Indian menstruator, I faced restrictions of where I could go and who I could discuss my period with. However, PERIOD allows me to connect with others menstrual warriors to openly discuss sexual health and improve access to period products. I’m grateful for my experiences through this organization in making me a more passionate advocate for women’s health.
Period craving: Chocolate Chip Cookies!