Cameron Hill is an Annika Rodriguez Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis where she studies Global Health and the Environment. As a representative on the Global Health Student Advisory Committee, she helps oversee the organization of Washington University’s Global Health Week. She volunteers weekly at the Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, where she tutors local middle school girls. She also works part-time as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Joshua Rubin’s pediatric neuro-oncology lab investigating sex differences in brain tumors in order to identify new therapeutic targets.
Castilleja, an all-girls school that Cameron attended in California for middle and high school, helped shape her ardent belief in the power of girls’ education. As a student there, Cameron was awarded an Entrepreneurial Fellowship to travel to her school’s partner all-girls high school in rural Kenya where she co-led a workshop that taught students to collectively brainstorm, prototype and create business plans.
In high school Cameron served as her class president and was a leader of her school’s Diversity Club. In that role she helped design and lead an orientation for faculty and staff as well as a class for seventh grade students, which educated their participants about topics of diversity and promoted inclusivity on campus. Through Bridging Communities, a program created by the Japanese American Citizens League and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Cameron went on a pilgrimage to the Manzanar Internment Camp and explored the commonalities between the treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and Muslim-Americans post 9/11. She was chosen to represent her hometown of San Mateo, California as a Student Ambassador to her town’s sister city, Toyonaka, Japan during the 50th anniversary celebration of the sister city relationship.
She previously worked as an intern at an intellectual property law firm in Silicon Valley and as a middle school girls’ softball coach. In her free time, Cameron enjoys hiking, trying new foods and reading novels.