Malkijah Griffiths was born and raised in Queens, NY. Malkijah is a senior at the University at Buffalo, studying finance. He is currently occupying two leadership positions that include program director for the university radio station (WRUB.org) and a community assistant in the Hadley Village Apartments. Malkijah is a recipient of the William R. Greiner Leadership award, presented annually to a student who displays leadership, scholarship, and service within their university and student communities. Malkijah worked in the UB orientation office as an orientation team leader, where he promoted diversity within the university. Malkijah shows his passion for research through his affiliation as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and his participation in the UB School of Management’s poster competition in 2019. His research focused on mental health issues in Ghana, reflecting his current interest in health disparities within African Americans. Through his participation in the 2019 Global Perspective Innovation trip to Ghana, Malkijah gained knowledge of health care around the globe, as well as resources that will assist him with bringing innovative and forward-thinking ideas to these communities. Malkijah plans to start the MPH/MBA dual degree at UB in fall 2019. With assistance from the WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program, he will be able to use the program’s extensive network to partner with like-minded individuals from various areas of expertise. Malkijah strives to start a not-for-profit organization that educates inner city populations on health care opportunities.