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Student Assembly President Frances Vernon ’10

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For Student Assembly President Frances Vernon ‘10, campus leadership is familiar territory. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native arrived in Hanover with four years experience as president of her high school class, and has filled the same role for the Class of 2010 since her first year at Dartmouth. (Click here to read Vernon's August 2009 interview with President Jim Yong Kim.)

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Frances Vernon ’10 (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Motivation: "The reason why I started in student government is that regardless of what the context is, I enjoy identifying problems or gaps in systems, and then getting the right people together to figure out how to solve them," she says.

Going global: Vernon designed her own major in Globalization, Health, and Development with a focus in Latin America. This summer she is conducting research in New York City and Puebla, Mexico, for her senior thesis, "A Binational Study-Trade Liberalization, Migration, and HIV/AIDS: Access to Health Services and Continuity of Care of HIV Positive Mexican Migrants."

Next up: Vernon plans to attend medical school and work in treating underserved populations. First, however, she says, "I would love to do some consulting in health and health systems, possibly in Mexico. I believe that learning what's happening internationally will help me provide better care here."

 

Last Updated: 1/12/10