I’m a third year, first generation student at Duke University studying Global Health and Visual Media Studies. I was born and raised in Ethiopia and have lived in the United States for about 8 years, currently residing in the Washington D.C. area.  I’m interested in global health issues pertaining to maternal and child health as well as health issues through the lens of social justice.

                          I practice multimedia visual art from painting,  graphic design, videography and photography. I focus on personal narratives, form and identity through my work.


Primary Education:

  • Nazareth School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Meadow Park Middle: Beaverton ,OR

Secondary Education: 

  • TC Williams High School, Alexandria, VA (June 2015)


  • Duke  University, Trinity School of Arts and Sciences, BS Global Health, BA Visual Media Studies (May 2019)


Work Experience

Dreamdog Foundation   (Alexandria, VA)                                                                                Lead Mentor Intern , June – Aug 2015, 2016

  • Directed a video project, entitled Kids Empowering Kids, in collaboration with 14 program staff, faculty and 15 students
  • Facilitated conflict resolution, community service and help with college applications for 10 girls, 10-11th grade
  • All 10 mentees are now accepted into college, 3 of them with academic scholarships

Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture  (Durham, NC)
Abele Ambassador,  Sep 2015 – May 2016

  • Created monthly bulletin boards, gave weekly guest tours and wrote blog content about the Black experience at Duke
  • Organized events on social issues, education and student life to further increase center visibility; reach of 50+ students weekly

Girls for Gender Equity (NYC Brooklyn)
Community Organizer,  May 2016- – July 2016

  • Drafted a policy book with the NYC Public School system to address issues of student support, resources and school safety
  • Developed blog topics, research, content and photos, every week for posting on social justice, and community activism.

Sanford School of Public Policy (Durham, NC )
Research Assistant , Aug 2016 – May 2017

  • Organize datasets in relation to public education and safety
  • Utilize visualizations, tables, and reports for use in future publications in major social science research journals


Multimedia Projects


Fall 2017
New Delhi,  India
Cape Town, South Africa
São Paulo, Brazil

History of Hip Hop (Dr. Mark Anthony Neal and 9th Wonder) Final Project

Cinematography Final Project (Spring 2017)

HIV/AIDS & Global Health: Duke Franklin Humanities Institute

‘Edom Tilahun, Duke student class of 2019, speaks on HIV/AIDS to steer the conversation towards its impact on African-American women. “Even though Black women are one of the biggest victims, I feel like they are the people who are in the shadows.”‘


Multimedia Essay Contest (In Between Series)- Spring 2017

Black Art Live BSAI 2017

Narratives of Living with HIV (Final Project)- Fall 2016

24 Hour Drawing- Summer 2015