Saoulkie Bertin was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in Miami, Florida. She is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Medical Anthropology and a certificate in the Anthropology of Global Health at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
Her passion and commitment to health equity have led her to serve as the Vice-President and Smoke-Free Sub-Committee Chair of the Student Health Advisory Committee. She also served as the UCF-Florida Department of Health in Orange County liaison, where she worked closely with the Orange County Tobacco Free Partnership to strive for a healthier and tobacco-free county. In 2021, she received the FDOH Health Equity Hero Award, which “recognizes and celebrates individuals who best personify the spirit of Public Health through a commitment to accelerating Health Equity throughout the community”.
Saoulkie is currently working on her Honors Undergraduate Thesis in Anthropology, exploring the role of tobacco and nicotine activist groups and users in Central Florida in influencing local policy. Additionally, as the Global Health intern this winter, she will conduct research in Callao, Peru, to contribute to establishing a sustainable initiative regarding food security and healthcare access in the region.
As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Saoulkie intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Anthropology or Global Health and Development to conduct impactful and transformative research, educate the next generation as a professor, and contribute to the development of her motherland. Her research interests lie at the intersection of the effects of health policy, environmental disruption, the proliferation of infectious diseases, black ecologies, and non-communicable diseases within the geographical regions of Haiti and Latin America.