2017 Student Intern
Center for Regional Change
Viva Parsa is an undergraduate in sociology interested in addressing health disparities through intersectional approaches to public health and medical sociology. As a member of the Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program, Parsa interned at the Casteel Lab where she studied insect-plant interactions of the potato virus in solanaceous plants. Plant pathology research and minoring in global disease biology gave her a scientific insight into the importance of environmental health and the need for interdisciplinary, or "One Health" approaches, to social issues. At the CRC, Parsa is working with the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water to produce educational and advocacy tools targeting water rights issues in tribal communities across California.