Tania Calle, SUMR '18 and Truman Scholar
In 2019, 2018 SUMR Scholar Tania Calle became the second SUMR Scholar to win a prestigious Truman Scholarship, the premier U.S. graduate fellowship for those academics pursuing careers in public service. Currently a senior at Williams College majoring in Political Science with a minor in Public Health, she plans to go on to MD/MPH studies.
As part of SUMR, Tania was involved in two different research projects. One project was alongside Perelman School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Clinical Research Investigator Donna Coviello, PhD, on a study of how drug abuse relates to the acquisition and/or transmission of HIV/AIDS. With her second mentor, Nursing School Professor Therese Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, she studied pain management among black and Latinx trauma patients.
In her 2018 SUMR entry interview, the Williams College junior said that when she was growing up, the issue of her family's health care "was always brewing at the center of my personal narrative." Daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants, she remembered her mother frequently talking about the risk associated with physician visits and how her brother accompanied their parents on doctors' visits to act as a "mediator."
At Williams, Calle is Vice President of Community and Diversity on the College Council and also serves as the Political Events Coordinator of Vista, the Latinx Student Union.