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Headshot of GCPR graduate fellow Lindsay Savelli Gillings School of Global Public Health, MPH Student

My name is Lindsay Savelli and I am a 2nd year MPH student in the Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights concentration. I currently serve as the Graduate Fellow for the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research, work as a research assistant with the UNC Environmental Justice Action Research Clinic, and work as a graduate assistant for the EQUITY concentration. I received a B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science with minors in Biology and Coaching Education from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2014. My research addresses environmental racism perpetuated by the proposed siting of an asphalt plant in the Anderson Community, a predominately Black community located in Caswell County. Working in partnership with the Anderson Community Group and the UNC Environmental Justice Action Research Clinic, we conducted a health assessment using a community-based participatory research approach to document the health status and environmental quality of this community. Our findings suggest that this community requires protection from polluting facilities and that cumulative impacts should be considered in facility permitting. My other public health interests include decolonizing research, community-driven action, mass incarceration, health equity, and dismantling structural -isms in both the US and in France. In my free time, I enjoy running in the Carolina North Forest, spending time with friends and family, and baking.