Lakai is a 2nd year Stanford medical student, born and raised in the suburbs of Denver, CO. She attended college at Howard University, where she studied biology, chemistry, and classical studies and cultivated a love for community and public health. After graduating from Howard in 2019, she attended Yale School of Public Health, where she earned an MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2021. Her academic and medical career interests include family medicine, primary care, women’s and SGM health, sexual health, mental health, health equity and social justice, and the social determinants of health. Lakai’s research interests include community health research and using mixed and qualitative research methods. Currently she is a Stanford Valley Fellow working with a local organization, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Santa Clara County, to conduct a needs assessment of services and programs they provide to clients. Lakai is passionate about meaningful mentorship, especially for those who are underrepresented in medicine, health, and STEM; she currently serves on the executive board of SNMA and Health Careers Collaborative (a mentorship program for underrepresented high school students interested in health careers). In her spare time, Lakai likes to paint, watch horror movies, or go enjoy nature (hiking, backpacking, camping, etc.)!