Oakland resident Adrienne Wilson will graduate May 19 from San Francisco State University, one of six top scholars chosen by fellow students to wear an academic hood to represent them at the commencement.
Wilson is graduating with a master’s in public health. Her master’s research focused on how inequalities contribute to breast cancer rates among women in poor countries.
She has received several prestigious scholarships and has served as a mentor and educator for Metro Academies, a program that guides underrepresented students through the first two years of college.
Growing up, she witnessed her family’s health struggles, including her parents’ difficulties finding health care for her autistic sister. Serving in the Peace Corps in East Africa exposed her to global public health issues.
Wilson plans to apply for doctoral programs in social epidemiology.