Fellowship in Social Justice and Equity Administration and Leadership

2021 Recipients

Tatiana Amaye-Obu.

Tatiana Amaye-Obu

James Lioi Portrait.

James Lioi

Creating a Learning Environment Conducive for Members of the LGBTQ+ Community

Trinithas Boyi Portrait.

Trinithas Boyi

Ellen Lutnick Portrait.

Ellen Lutnick

Non-Elective TURP - To better understand the gaps in care related to racial disparity in the diagnosis and treatment of BPH, and develop a screening process to better address these gaps in a non-white population 

Hijab Khan and Brie Jackson portrait.

Hijab Khan and Brie Jackson

Pre-matriculation curriculum on history of racism: Implement and evaluate pilot curriculum, including filing reports required by IRB

About the Fellowship

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences seeks medical students or biomedical sciences graduate students to work on projects that address social, educational or health care inequities.

This fellowship provides an opportunity to develop leadership skills to advance equity and justice in institutional settings and community-based organizations and advance the Jacobs School’s mission to create a supportive learning environment.

Fellows will work on the research and design, implementation or analysis of a project related to equity and justice. Projects provide experience in creating institutional change, such as policy development or process improvement, and working in interprofessional clinical or administrative teams.

Fellows will meet weekly (or a minimum of four times during a longitudinal experience) with mentors who will assist in developing a work plan and who will monitor progress.

Fellows devote 120 hours, working with a project team, to:

  • identify factors that contribute to success or failure in advancing social equity and justice in institutions
  • utilize principles of continuous quality improvement
  • demonstrate effective and efficient oral and written communication with organizational leaders

A final report is submitted to the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement that includes:

  • project goals and specific objectives
  • fellow contributions to the project
  • status of implementation
  • next steps
  • reflection on the experience 


Select a project from the list below, identified by administrative units as relating to equity and social justice, or develop one in concert with a mentor in the Jacobs School or at an affiliated institution.


Students in the medical education program are eligible to apply.

Master’s students and doctoral students training under a faculty member with a primary appointment in the Jacobs School are also eligible.

Faculty with a primary appointment in the Jacobs School appear on our faculty list.

> See our list of faculty


$3,500 per fellow and funding for fellowship-related travel.

Application Deadline

Applications dates will be posted mid-December.

Award Selection and Announcement

Up to eight fellows will be selected each year for participation by the Diversity, Inclusion, and Learning Environment Committee.

Awards will be announced in the beginning of 2022.


  • Dubocovich, Margarita

    Margarita Dubocovich, PhD, FASPET, FACNP

    SUNY Distinguished Professor; Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

    955 Main Street (Room 3212) Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: (716) 829-4719/(716) 829-

    Email: mdubo@buffalo.edu

  • Maria Wilson.

    Maria L. Wilson

    Inclusive Excellence Workforce Specialist

    955 Main Street Room 7177 Buffalo, NY 14203

    Phone: (716) 829-4345

    Email: mlw29@buffalo.edu