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Shirin Hakim

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Shirin Hakim is a senior majoring in public health and is a student in the Commonwealth Honors College. Her senior honors thesis focuses on the impact of social services on the lives of the homeless. In the fall of 2013, Shirin established a patient-navigation program at the Craig's Doors homeless shelter in Amherst, dedicated to providing social service connections and case-management for homeless guests. She trained and directed 20 student advocates to provide assistance with food stamps, housing applications, resume building, healthcare, transportation and more.

She is currently working towards transforming this program into a course that will remain after she graduates. Upon graduation, Shirin plans to take a gap year and later pursue a career in medicine. She is passionate about providing equal access to healthcare to underserved communities and plans to dedicate her life to this cause.