The Emerging Majority Students Association (EMSA) at YSPH held the inaugural YSPH Alumni of Color Panel and Networking Reception on Friday, April 5th, 2019. This event was born from the desire to build networks between students and alumni of color and foster a space for open connectivity. The night consisted of a happy hour, speed mentoring with alumni from various sectors (including business/industry, research, NGOs, etc) and a fireside chat. We had 45 students in attendance and 12 alumni participated.
The objective of this study is to identify what resources are in place to recruit and retain underrepresented minority (URM) faculty at Yale School of Public Health. The final report from this study will provide a comparison of the Yale findings to those documented in the “best practices” review and will include possible recommendations about how the Yale policies and procedures may be adjusted or improved to increase the recruitment and retention of URM faculty. The findings will also be shared with faculty and administrative decision-makers from higher educational institutions across the nation at a national symposium organized by EMAC in 2008. This is intended to add to the paucity of literature in the area of best practices and will serve as baseline data for future efforts in this area.
Under the mission of EMAC, this type of activity bridges the gap for URM groups who seek support for research into areas that adversely impact URM communities in this country and around the globe. A more diverse faculty may solicit a more diverse student body enabling the School to maintain its top position nationally in the recruitment of URM students. In addition, by increasing the number of URM faculty, the research, teaching and mentorship environment will be more conducive to an ultimately more diverse student population.
The initiative is partially funded by Yale and the Connecticut Health Foundation.
EMAC played an active role in establishing YSPH’s first endowed scholarship for under-represented minority students.
Recognizing the importance of diversity in graduate and professional education, the Creed/Patton/Steele Scholarship was established to serve as a visible and lasting tribute to these three men and their efforts as well as the enduring contributions made by all underrepresented minorities to the field of public health. Scholarship candidates must show an interest or experience in issues related to health disparities, service to vulnerable populations, and/or community health. They must also demonstrate outstanding potential for contribution to public health and to social justice.
Annual receptions were held to welcome new students and welcome back returning students. The reception provided an opportunity for networking among students and alumni. It was also a forum for providing feedback and sharing thoughts about the YSPH program. EMAC members encouraged all students to use them as a resource for information, contacts and overall support.
EMAC planned, organized and hosted the annual AYAPH Alumni meeting. The program served as a forum for Yale faculty and other scholars, policy analysts, practitioners and public health professionals to share their knowledge, express their views and offer strategies to address health disparities.