Malkit “Mona” Singh PHR Student Advisory Board Member MD Candidate | Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine As an American and the first in her family to attend college and medical school, Mona is thankful for blessings that make her own claims to human rights easy. She knows that the privileges she enjoys are not yet a reality for many men, women, and children throughout the world, and she sees protecting the health and rights of those brothers and sisters that are unable to protect themselves as both her privilege and responsibility. Originally from Dumfries, VA and currently a third year medical student, Mona believes PHR has been instrumental in keeping her grounded and true to her ideals throughout medical school. In her first year, Mona traveled with PHR to Kampala, Uganda for the 2009 PHR East Africa Health and Human Rights Leadership Institute. Meeting leaders in human rights and fellow health professional student leaders from across Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Kenya, Mona found their dedicated voices, strongly urging for the Right to Health despite facing hardships at all levels of medical training and patient care, as both an inspiration and reminder of her own power to advance social justice. After returning to the U.S., Mona interned for PHR’s Global Health Action Campaign in Washington, DC, where she focused on analyzing programs and policy related to strengthening the global health workforce. Mona also served as one of PHR’s national Health and Human Rights Education Mentors and as President of VCU SOM’s PHR chapter, for which she coordinated the student-run Cultural Competency and Health Disparities elective. A 2007 Harry S. Truman Scholar, Mona is committed to a life in public service. Interested in the intersection of poverty and disease, Mona hopes to help solve problems of living that turn into medical illness.