Graduate Student Spotlights

Kelly Ryan

Public Health

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
I work for the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the NYU School of Law and so I wanted to stay within the NYU community. I felt that the MPH coursework at Steinhardt offered me the kind of tangible skills and knowledge I wished to gain in order to pursue my interest in working with international grassroots efforts around the world but specifically in Honduras.
My inspiration is:
Students Helping Honduras in El Progreso, Honduras and Zamni Lasante in Cange, Haiti
If I could change the world, I would:
[full stop]
Something I collect:
skilled friends: I am still looking for a good accountant
Why I went to Graduate School:
to better equip myself for grassroots public health efforts in places like El Progreso, Honduras
The best gift I've ever received:
was always the one I didn't expect
My biggest challenge is:
The professor who influenced me the most:
too many to list but anyone who made me feel as passionate about the subject matter as he/she was.
How I take my coffee:
raw sugar and half&half
The most adventurous thing I've ever done is:
hopefully the thing I'm planning for next
My secret passion is:
safe with me
What I do to de-stress:

Background Information

Where you grew up:
West Point, NY; Garmisch, Germany; Berlin,Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; Ft. Polk, LA; Ft. Hood, TX; Fairfax, VA; Ft Bliss, TX; Fairfax, VA (again); Moscow, Russia
What are your plans after you graduate?
live abroad and work closely with a community I am serving = become fluent in another culture
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Community Service and Other Activities:
Present: Centro de Educacio?n de Trabajadores ( and Students Helping Honduras ( Past: Nuestras Pequenas Rosas (San Pedro Sula, Honduras); Red Cross (El Paso, TX); Therapeudic Horseback Riding (Fairfax, VA); Habitat for Humanity (Juarez, Mexico & Dunavarsa?ny, Hungary); etc.