Maxine Mackie (MC '23, she/her) is an Ecology & Evolutionary Biology major from Dearborn, Michigan. Seeing the devastation caused by the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, where both her parents were born and raised, sparked her initial interest in the field of Global Health. She is passionate about equity in health and expanding access to high-quality, affordable healthcare both domestically and internationally. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, she volunteered with D.C-based organizations dedicated to expanding free healthcare. More recently, she interned in the Global Health department of the nonprofit organization APHL to help implement and leverage next-generation sequencing technology against infectious disease outbreaks in various countries. At Yale, Maxine led the Yale Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Initiative, taught health education with the Community Health Educators, volunteered in the palliative care department of Yale-New Haven Hospital, and more. She worked in the Ishizuka lab at the Yale Cancer Center/Yale School of Medicine investigating ways to enhance the immune response in the tumor microenvironment, and is hoping to attend medical school after graduation.