Hello everybody! My name is Jira Smith (she/her), and I am a senior from just outside of Atlanta, GA. I absolutely love the Human Biology major, and I very excited to be one of your SA’s this year! Entering as a freshman, I was super unsure about the path that I wanted to take; I just knew I wanted to find a way to impact communities in need. Luckily, I found Humbio which has allowed me to combine the issues I am passionate about into a concentration studying “Healthcare Disparities Through the Lens of Policy and Economics”. I am so grateful that Humbio has allowed me to gain an understanding of a lot of issues in the healthcare industry as well as equipped me with tools to think through novel solutions. I hope as an SA this year, I can help you find classes and a concentration you’re really passionate about as well!
Outside of academics (or the time of a pandemic), I’ve been really involved with a non-profit called Coaching Corps in which I’ve worked in underserved areas around Stanford to coach children in sports. My work with Coaching Corps to bring sports to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have a chance to play has been a super meaningful part of my time at Stanford! Additionally, I’ve been a part of the Women’s Club Basketball team and Stanford BSU. In my free time, I like to read fantasy novels, watch trashy rom-coms, and go on runs! Please feel free to stop by my office hours or reach out any time to chat — I am very excited to meet all of you!