Jasmine Akuffo

Jasmine Akuffo

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellow

Jasmine is an MPH-65 student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department. She is passionate about exploring the impacts of mass incarceration and housing instability on health disparities through research and policy work.

Born in Accra, Ghana, and raised in the Chicago area, Jasmine received her BA in African-American Studies from Columbia University. As a result of her experiences living in New York City, she has developed a true appreciation for diversity, but also an understanding that diversity does not always equal equity. Her lived experiences as a Black woman from a disadvantaged background and her past work experiences in various capacities have taught her that a lens toward identity is essential to any work that strives to address social inequities. For this reason she takes immense pride in being able to be an EDI Fellow as she is eager to facilitate conversations at HSPH that push students to address issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in both their lives as students and public health advocates. 

Jasmine balances out the stress of being back in graduate school by engaging in fitness and social activities and keeping up with her guitar.