Alicia Simpson

Alicia_Simpson alum

“The possibilities of what you do with your degree and how you apply it are limitless.”

Alicia graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology.

What is your current job/position?
I am the founder of a 501 (c)3 non-profit called Pea Pod Nutrition and Lactation Support which provides nutrition and lactation education and support to low-income women and children.

What professional activities have you embarked upon since graduation from the anthropology program at GSU?

I am now a registered dietitian (R.D.) with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and I recently sat for the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant’s (IBCLC) exam. Culture’s impact on public health continues to be a passion of mine and I am actively working on research projects to explore this subject further.

What courses in anthropology at GSU or extracurricular activities enhanced your ability to qualify for your current job/position?

I was introduced to the diverse world of Anthropology through the Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course. This was the course that, ultimately, made me decide that I wanted to dive deep into Anthropology and make it my major. In addition to Cultural Anthropology, Health and Culture made an indelible impression on me. That class shaped my love for public health and showed me that I could marry my three passions of nutrition, public health and anthropology and create a career that embraced all three fields of study which is what led me to found my non-profit, Pea Pod Nutrition and Lactation Support.

Do you have any advice for prospective students interested in anthropology at GSU?
Anthropology is a unique major, in that, the possibilities of what you do with your degree and how you apply it are limitless. Anthropologists are journalist, physicians, midwives, professors, forensic specialist, nutritionist, museum curators, park rangers, psychologist, social workers and the list goes on and on. The staff and faculty in GSU’s Anthropology department are true advocates for your education and your career beyond graduation from Georgia State and can help expose you to diverse world of Anthropology and where it can take you.