Fellowship in Social Justice, Equity Administration and Leadership

2022 Recipients

Afreen Siddiqui, MD'23.

Afreen Siddiqui, MD'23

“Physician and Physician-trainee Attitudes Toward Providing Health Care for the Incarcerated: A Qualitative Analysis”

Adetayo Oladele-Ajose, MD'23.

Adetayo Oladele-Ajose, MD'23

“Impostor Syndrome and the Illusion of Performance”

Nat Voos Portrait.

Nat Voos, MD'23

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

Olatoyosi Olafuyi, MD'23.

Olatoyosi Olafuyi, MD'23

Daniel Popoola, MD'23.

Daniel Popoola, MD'23

“Mapping-out Socio-Economic Mitigators of Healthcare Access Inequality in Buffalo, New York using Emergency Acute Ischemic Stroke Care as a Case Study”

Olumayowa Adebiyi, MD'24, Abena Ansah-Yeboah, MD'24. Mario Carrillo, MD'24.

Abena Ansah-Yeboah, MD'24, Mario Carrillo, MD'24, Olumayowa Adebiyi, MD'24.

“Voices of the Fruit Belt Community: Amplifying and Empowering our Neighbors”

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 monitor progress.

Fellows devote 120 hours, working with a project team, to identify factors that contribute to success in advancing social equity and justice in institutions.

Projects are expected to be completed in a period of 12 months, from the appointment date of June 1, 2022.

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

  • Program goals and specific objectives
  • Project outcomes and accomplishments 
  • Fellow contributions to the project
  • Status of implementation
  • Next steps
  • Reflection on the experience 

Timeline of the Fellowship

  • To be announced for 2023

Important Deadlines

Call for Applications: Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application in January 2023.

Full applications should include in a 750-word essay, the following:

Description of how the project if completed would contribute to social justice and equity, why you are interested in it, relevant skills or past experiences you may have related to the project, and your role in the effort.

Address the question of the project, specific aims, approach, significance, outcomes, evaluation and estimated timeline to completion.


Eligible proposals for this fellowship can be selected from:

A list of established projects where there is a mentor and a sponsor office assigned.

Develop a new project in concert with a mentor in the Jacobs School, an administrative unit or an affiliated institution.


Medical, Master and Doctoral graduate students training under a faculty member with a primary appointment in the Jacobs School are eligible to apply.


$3,500 per project and funding for fellowship-related travel to present at local or a national meeting.

Award Selection and Announcement

Applications will be reviewed and selected each year by a subcommittee appointed by the AFA subcommittee, among members of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Learning Environment Committee, and will be announced in 2023.


Tatiana Amaye-Obu.

Tatiana Amaye-Obu

James Lioi Portrait.

Jinx 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


  • 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 / 829-3048

    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