Marharyta Labkovich was born and raised in Belarus. She graduated from Hunter College with honors in biology and interdisciplinary studies. During her undergraduate education, she volunteered at public hospitals and health screenings in underrepresented neighborhoods of New York City. As a scholar of the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women, Marharyta pursued her interest in public health. She interned for the Small World Initiative, working to engage students in search of antibiotics through the innovative curriculum. She also spent four years at Peer Health Exchange (PHE), teaching and organizing health workshops in underfunded high schools, and leading the expansion of PHE to the Staten Island borough of New York City. This year, Marharyta will begin her medical career at the Icahn School of Medicine. Until then, she is studying Spanish at the University of Granada. As a future physician, Marharyta wants to advocate for disadvantaged communities and approach inequity through a human rights perspective.
Updated July 2018