When I'm not studying, teaching or providing evaluation services, I am traveling around the world to some place new. I have visited every continent minus Antarctica. My favorite stamp is a passport stamp! I am a native New Yorker... from "old" Brooklyn, to be exact. My research is about health disparities.
I am a PhD student at The Graduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY). I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, with Honors, with a double minor in Health Sciences and African American Studies from Brooklyn College, CUNY in 2004. Happy with my undergraduate experience, I elected to continue my graduate studies at CUNY. I completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 2006. Ten years later, I returned to CUNY to start my doctoral studies. The bulk of my professional experience is in the fields of research, evaluation and quality assurance. I absolutely love working in these fields and believe them to be an integral cornerstone of any agency!
Generally, I like problem-solving and having a very busy schedule. That said, in addition to being a student, I am also a teacher. I am part of the adjunct faculty at New York University (NYU) and Brooklyn College where I teach courses about healthcare and developing research papers to undergraduate students. While I immensely enjoy instructing college students, I have no desire to enter a tenure-track faculty position. Rather, my long term goal is to obtain an executive-level position in higher education or in a healthcare policy organization. If I end up in a position that intersects those two areas, that would feel like a career jackpot for me and I would never retire.
My research interests explore the need for greater diversity in the public health workforce and its implications on reducing health disparities and achieving health equity. Specifically, my dissertation examines the recruitment, admission, enrollment, and graduation of Black and Latinx students in schools of public health. My other research interest concerns the impact of the glaring lack of racial diversity among doctoral students, faculty and executive-level leadership in higher education.
In my non-academic life, I enjoy traveling around the world with my husband, Kevin (also a PhD student in Computer Science). I have visited all of the continents minus Antarctica. I love to travel and I do not believe in visiting the same country twice. About my name! My full legal name is Adashima Muhammad Oyo. When people ask me, "Where are you from?" I tell them Brooklyn. Often times, they are not satisfied by that response. Then they ask me, "Where is your family from?" I usually answer: "Do you mean before or after the slave trade?" The short of it is my father, Oba, is from New York City, and he converted to Islam at a very young age (during the 1960s or was it the 1950s?) and gave all of his 34 children (yes, I know all of my brothers and sisters!) African or Islamic names. I was raised in a Muslim, polygamous home in Brooklyn, NY. I never bothered to do those ancestry DNA tests. I'm content knowing my origins are from some place in Africa and that the OYO tribe in Brooklyn is quite large.