Suchita Khanal

Job title: 
Nav2Cal Student

About Suchita:  

Suchita (she/her) is a first year student at UC Berkeley, who intends to major in Public Health. She is a first generation, low income, Nepalese immigrant residing in El Cerrito, California. As the eldest daughter of an immigrant family, she had to become the primary caretaker for her mother, who suffered from Diabetes. On hospital visits, she frequently translated her mother’s symptoms and meal plan necessities from Nepali to English. Her experiences with income and language barriers in healthcare, peaked her interest in pursuing a career in health. At an internship with Rysing Professionals, she highlighted the stories of marginalized communities who had been negatively impacted by Covid-19. In the future, Suchita plans to attend medical school to become a Nepalese doctor. She aims to combat the inequity and the underrepresentation of minorities in the healthcare system. She also hopes to promote healthy relationships amongst her future patients and aid patients through cultural and economic barriers in healthcare.



  • Cal Alumni Achievement Award 

  • El Cerrito Soroptimist Scholarship

  • Ed Fund West Scholarship 

  • West Contra Costa Retired Educators Scholarship 

  • Assistance League of Diablo Valley Scholarship

  • Eddie Ashley Scholarship

Research interests: 

Health Care Inequity, Marginalized Communities, Social Disparity, Public Health