Lesly Afranie recently joined the TEAK Fellowship as Assistant Director of Admissions but began her journey with TEAK ten years ago, when she was admitted to the 10th class of Fellows. She went on to Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City and just recently graduated from Brown University. At Brown she became passionate about health and health disparities, earning a B.A in Biology on the “Social Context of Disease” track. Lesly’s largest project at Brown was co-founding the Black Pre-Med Society, which partners with Alpert Medical School to offer mentorship opportunities, skill building workshops, and overall support to pre-med students who identify with the African Diaspora. Understanding that disparities in education and health are interrelated, she feels honored to join the TEAK Admissions staff in selecting the next class of Fellows.
As Assistant Director of Admissions, Lesly works on outreach to public and charter school guidance counselors around the city to recruit students to TEAK. She says “it’s interesting to see the behind the scenes efforts that TEAK puts into selecting students and it’s been rewarding to piece together the experience of being a student versus a staff member. This is my first job out of college and it’s meaningful work that I am thankful for.” She is currently in the process of studying for the MCAT and plans to go to medical school in the near future.