Mia, Millennium Fellow 2015-2016

American Mock World Health Organization, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mia Lei is a senior studying Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She was the Executive Co-Director of the American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO) 2015 conference and is the founding co-president of AMWHO at UNC, the nation’s very chapter dedicated to engaging students in health policy and empowering future global leaders through simulations of the World Health Assembly. Our mission is to give students opportunities to put into practice their knowledge of global health as well as sharpen their skills in diplomacy, communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

Mia became interested in global health through a student organization called GlobeMed, which seeks to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities. Through GlobeMed, she gained a picture of health that was wider than just medicine and learned to question the social paradigms that have brought the world to its current inequitable state. Mia became interested in policy after attending GlobeMed Summit her sophomore year, and realized that she wanted to change the structures in which people and organizations work in to allow them to have an even greater positive effect on their communities. Around the same time, she came across an email from AMWHO Founder and National President Neha Acharya regarding AMWHO 2014, the first conference of its kind dedicated to empowering students with the policy and diplomacy skills to create such change. Mia is thrilled to witness the start and become part of the growth of this amazing organization that does such great and needed work, and she is excited to see how the Millennium Fellowship can help the organization and its internal leadership grow.