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.

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.

Olatoyosi Olafuyi, MD ’23

Daniel Popoola.

Daniel Popoola, MD ’23

“Mapping-Out Socio-Economic Mitigators of Healthcare Access Inequality in Buffalo, NY 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”

Do you want to know more about our Social Justice Fellowship?

Join our Information Session

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

2 p.m. in Room 2101 (next to cafeteria) - Jacobs School and via Zoom


Meeting ID: 962 3075 5631

Passcode: 935324

Registration is not required

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

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 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, 2023.

A public presentation during the month of April, will be taking place to engage and inform our Jacobs School Community of the status and findings of each project. 

Timeline of the Fellowship

  • Informational Session :  April 12, 2023
  • Public Presentation 2022 Awardees : April 19, 2023
  • 2023 Projects Proposals Submission Deadline: May 15, 2023
  • Committee Review of Proposals: 3rd week of May 2023
  • Awards Announcements: 4th week of May 2023
  • Fellowship Start Date: June 1, 2023 (50% payment due that same week) 
  • Fellowship End Date: June 3, 2024(50% final payment due the following week)
  • Public Presentation 2023 Awardees: April 2024


Medical, master’s 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 taskforce selected by Diversity, Inclusion, and Learning Environment Committee.

Application Submission

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


For questions about this fellowship, please contact smbs-inclusion@buffalo.edu.