Diba Seddighi

Diba Seddighi is a third-year student at The University of Tennessee Knoxville, majoring in global public health with an emphasis on underserved populations. Diba is an active member of her university's chapter of Students for Migrant Justice and volunteers extensively with traditionally marginalized populations within her community through organizations such as Centro Hispano, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, and Remote Area Medical. Her passion for language learning and refugee health has led her to studying Turkish in Ankara, Turkey on a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship. She also plans to spend a semester abroad to study Spanish at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain. Diba's academic interests pertain to studying the sociological, economic, and political underpinnings of health in order to better understand how to reduce disparities in healthcare globally. Driven by people and their potential, she aspires to devote her career to building more equitable health systems, in both the United States and abroad, through medicine and public health policy. After graduation, she intends to earn a dual MD/MPH degree and pursue a fulfilling career as a physician-public servant. Diba is originally from Mashhad, Iran.