Cordelia Martin-Ikpe is a first-year Ph.D. student working in the Global Health and Medical Geography Lab on a variety of maternal/child health projects. However, her dissertation research specifically pertains to maternal mortality disparities among Black women in America. She hopes to combine her Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) proficiency with population-based spatial analysis methods in order to research the connection between one’s neighborhood and experienced maternal health outcomes. Prior to joining MSU’s Geography Department as a Ph.D. student, she worked as a public health professional on a number of community-based research and program evaluation projects at Michigan’s Public Health Institute (MPHI). Aside from her pursuit of a career in research, she finds fulfillment in mentoring and motivating young women and girls to be their best selves and immersing herself into culture and art via travel, food, music, and film.