Valedictorian Isha Sanghvi targets health inequity post-commencement

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2023 Valedictorian Isha Sanghvi, 22, poses for a photograph in front of Doheny Memorial Library, May 3, 2023. (Photo / Gus Ruelas)

While at USC, the Bay Area native maintained the nonprofit she founded in high school and co-founded an organization that improves health equity for unhoused people.

Isha Sanghvi had accomplished more before she stepped foot on USC’s University Park Campus than some people do in four years of college. What she’s managed to do in college is more than some do in a lifetime.

As a high schooler in the Bay Area, Sanghvi founded Stemnova, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing after-school STEM programming for local elementary school students. Most students would take a step back from running such a venture upon entering college, especially at a school with the academic rigor of USC. Sanghvi is not most students.

Not only did she continue running Stemnova, but she also joined with several USC classmates to co-found Secure Remedy, a social enterprise that improves health equity for unhoused individuals by providing wearable containers for medication. She did all of this while majoring in neuroscience at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and minoring in social entrepreneurship at the USC Marshall School of Business, working for the Los Angeles Community Impact project, and serving as a USC Dornsife research assistant.

To add to that list of accomplishments, Sanghvi will finish her collegiate career as the valedictorian for the Class of 2023.

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