Hanna Petros
Community Activist

Hanna Petros hails from east Africa. Her desire to educate and promote emotional and mental health in underprivileged communities began when she was introduced to psychology. Since moving to Boston in 2012, she earned her associate degree in Psychology at Bunker Hill Community College. Later with the Bernard Osher Re-entry Scholarship she was able to earn her bachelor’s in Clinical Psychology at Tufts University. During her undergraduate studies, Hanna continued to work with underserved communities and focused her studies on trauma, resilience and healing. At Tufts, she served as the Vice President of the Returning Student Organization. Hanna has worked in nonprofit organizations such as the International Institute of New England, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Homebase and The Welcome Project. Through these opportunities she was able to work with refugees, veterans and immigrant families of different ages, cultures and backgrounds. Her responsibilities varied from assisting refugees with acculturating in the States and finding work, assisted in a project that promoted health to women in Liberia, tutored children of immigrant families whose first language was not English, and participated in psychoeducation workshops that aided veterans with PTSD to ease their reintegration into civilian lives. Hanna is passionate about human rights and the pursuit of individual emancipation from political, social and mental barriers. In an effort to bring awareness to the atrocities and injustice in her home country Eritrea, she has conducted interviews, presented speeches at the UN both in Geneva and New York, and collaborated with nonprofit organizations that covered Eritrea. Hanna aspires to pursue a career in mental health so she can better serve communities that require healing. In her spare time Hanna strategizes with her husband on how to train their budgie Fiametta, she experiments with cooking, cultivating an indoor garden and loves to paint.