El'gin Avila

Agnese Nelms Haury Fellow
Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

El’gin is a first-year doctoral student in the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and is a National Institute of Health Initiative for Maximizing Student Development scholar. Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, El’gin witnessed environmental and social injustices that plagued his hometown and the surrounding communities. He received his Master of Public Health from George Washington University, where he worked on the disproportionate effects of air pollution in low-income communities in Bahia, Brazil, and he’ll continue exploring environmental justice work through several methodologies at the UA. He is currently working with the South Tucson community on the Tucson International Airport Authority Superfund site to develop a long-term, community-based participatory project to address the community’s health concerns.

Accepted Scholar:



Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation

College of Engineering 

College of Science Galileo Circle

Graduate College

Arizona Institute for Resilience

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences