My name is Ethan Bott, and I am a rising junior at Duke University majoring in Psychology with minors in Chemistry and Italian. As a first-generation low-income student, I am exceedingly passionate about education reform – particularly as it relates to the barriers hindering underrepresented groups in higher education – and advocacy for students in situations similar to my own. With this, I have worked to implement a college preparatory program at high schools in Durham, North Carolina as the Vice President of Outreach of the Students for Education Reform chapter at Duke. I am also Founder and President of The June Group, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization seeking to further advocacy efforts, foster public discussion, and empower those personally afflicted by issues of substance use and addiction. Ultimately, I hope to work as a physician in an underserved community. In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, anything outdoors, and playing soccer.
My name is Mercedes Ferandes and I am a rising sophomore studying Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. On campus, I am a part of the First Generation, Low Income Dean's Advisory Board, a tutor for students in the Philadelphia public school system, and a mentor in Big Brother, Big Sister. My interest in community health stems from living in Baltimore and witnessing the health disparities that affected my family. In the future, I hope to become a physician and advocate for the racial and socioeconomic-based health disparities in my community. With Generation Tomorrow: Summer Health Disparities Scholars, I hope that I become more knowledgeable about how to reduce health disparities in populations like mine.
My name is Stephen Martinez-Hamilton and I am from White Plains, New York. I currently am a rising junior at Yale University pursuing a Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health double major, interested in examining the intersection between health, race, and socioeconomic status. At Yale, I formerly was the Co-Social Events Chair for the Black Student Alliance and I currently am in the process of establishing a student organization for pre-med students across the African diaspora. As a Black and Puerto Rican male who hopes to enter into the medical field, I am interested in the systematic factors that affect health outcomes in marginalized communities, as well as increasing the representation of Black men within the medical field. When I have the time, I enjoy reading, exploring New York, dancing, and playing basketball. I am incredibly excited to participate in Generation Tomorrow: Health Disparity Scholars at John Hopkins and gain further insight into a captivating field to one day use this valuable knowledge to help underserved communities.
My name is Bailey Roberts, and I am a junior political science major and public health minor at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. I am originally from Laurel, MD, where my interest in healthcare began after doing HIV summer research funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in high school. Over two summers, I had my work published in two research journals. After that experience, I became interested in the health disparities that are prevalent in specific communities. I hope to use my future dual degree of a JD/MPH to become an advocate for marginalized populations who do not receive adequate healthcare. At Spelman, I am involved in the pre-law society, and clubs that emphasize women's advocacy and global health. I am also involved in the Atlanta community by volunteering at organizations such as Open Hand Atlanta and Books for Africa. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and cooking.
My name is Maanvi Vij and I am a rising junior at George Mason University’s Honors College studying Neuroscience and Spanish. I serve as the President of Global Medical Brigades, a non-profit organization that strives to minimize healthcare disparities in developing countries, am a Research Assistant in a Neural Engineering Lab, and have just completed a two-semester clinical research internship on campus. Outside of my University, I enjoy traveling, as I love trying new food and immersing myself in different cultures. My educational, extracurricular, and social experiences thus far have confirmed my inclination towards pursing the career of a physician. I am eager to learn about the various factors contributing to healthcare inequalities experienced by HIV and HCV patients in the Baltimore area, and am certain that the Generation Tomorrow: Health Disparity Scholars Program will equip me with a more holistic perspective that I will utilize throughout my academic and professional career.