We Are One U: Costa Rica

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Join the UM Alumni Association, alumni, parents and friends to welcome our sixth president Julio Frenk. Hear about the groundbreaking ideas shaping UM’s next century, get inspired by a short, lively ’Cane Talk by a UM faculty member, and learn more about the many ways the U impacts our world.

President Julio FrenkMeet President Julio Frenkcosta-rica-callout-box.png
Dr. Julio Frenk is the sixth president of the University of Miami. A fourth-generation physician whose paternal grandparents fled Germany in the 1930s for a new life in Mexico, Frenk’s gratitude for the kindness of strangers has inspired his career. He was previously dean of the faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development. As minister of health of Mexico, he expanded access to health care for more than 55 million uninsured people. Frenk was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico and held top positions at the Mexican Health Foundation, World Health Organization, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Carso Health Institute. He holds an M.D., a Master of Public Health, and joint Ph.D.s in medical care organization and sociology. He has authored more than 30 books and monographs, and was a recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award. Frenk is married to Dr. Felicia Knaul, a social-sector economist, and is the proud father of four children.
University of Miami/Payless ShoeSource Scholarship Inaugural Recipient

chantal-newallo.pngChantal Newallo was one of the top 150 high school students nationally in Trinidad & Tabago. In her first year at UM, she is studying geological and marine sciences and plans to pursue graduate work in geophysics. The first University of Miami/Payless ShoeSource Scholarship Recipient, Chantal belongs to the Caribbean Students Association, volunteers as a mentor, serves as a representative for her residential college, and plays on UM’s water polo club team. “The only way to experience what a university has to offer,” she says, “is to get involved and make a difference anywhere you can.”

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