Laura Potter is a fourth-year undergraduate at Stanford University with a major in Human Biology and a concentration in Medical Anthropology and Infectious Diseases. She is an active member involved in the Health Stories Project.
In addition to LGBT MERG, Laura has long pursued her passion for sexual and reproductive health education and services through her commitment as a counselor to the SHPRC and co-coordinator to HIV*PACT and the Arbor Free Clinic's HIV Opt-Out program throughout her Stanford career. As a Haas Center Pride Fellow, Laura spent the summer of 2012 combing through patient charts and screening participants for two studies at the Fenway Institute in Boston; both research initiatives revolved around the improvement of sexual health, provision of health services, and general livelihood for trans* people. Following her return to Stanford, she joined LGBT MERG in an effort to continue learning, researching, and spreading awareness about the intersection of gender, sex and sexual orientation with medicine and health. After spending the spring studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, Laura was awarded a Cape Town Summer Fellowship to engage in community-based participatory research, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, and the DTHF Youth Centre, about the sexual and reproductive health needs and services of youth living with HIV in the township of Masiphumelele.
Though she was born and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, she loves the Bay area and enjoys running, swimming and biking outdoors year-round at Stanford. She also takes great pleasure in riding on public transportation, learning new languages, and singing with the Memorial Church Choir on campus. Laura looks forward to traveling more in the future and hopes to practice medicine as an OB/GYN one day