The Build and Belong News

Dec. 9th Issue
Dear GUSOM Students, Faculty & Staff:

Happy Holidays! In this December edition of the Build and Belong Newsletter (BB NEWS), we are pleased to feature an important spotlight on a new student club on campus - the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Student Awareness Club. The article delves into the narratives of the student leaders and their focus on advocacy. The mission of the DACA andUndocumented Student Awareness club is to raise consciousness of the presence and struggles of DACA and undocumented students that wish to apply to medical school and work in the healthcare field, as well as to advocate for more resources for them on campus.

Please also check out the newsletter for scholarships, competitions, and upcoming events across GUSOM.

If you would like to submit an announcement or article regarding your department, organization, or club, please email us at

Save the date(s)! 
  • Health Equity Forum Jan 12 from 12-1: Great Minds Think Differently: The Science of Diversity and the Impact of Unconscious Bias with Dr. Anna Han, NIH.
  • What Makes You: Jan 17: 6-8:30 GUSOM event with Arts & Medicine to -host a night of dramatic readings, film, dance, music, visual art, and other art forms to celebrate the diverse experiences and creative talents of the GUSOM community. Entries from staff, students, faculty welcome here:

All the best,
Dean Cheng

This newsletter will include:  

1. Student Profile 2. Upcoming Events 3. Opportunities and Resources for Students 4. Good Reads/ Exhibits 

Interview with DACA Awareness Club


      The mission of the DACA and Undoocumented Student Awareness club is to raise consciousness of the presence and struggles of DACA and undocumented students that wish to apply to medical school and work in the healthcare field, as well as to advocate for more resources for them on campus.

      “People don’t really know that as an undocumented person you can apply to schools like Georgetown.”Danny Flautero, E-board member of DACA.

      Members of DACA and Undocumented Student Awareness Club focus on advocating for a group of students under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. All the club members had a gusto and positivity in the belief that their student-led organization would be successful in informing, educating, and creating awareness for undocumented students.

      Dedicated to Service

      Elaine Li, the club president, arrived in the USA as an undocumented immigrant and started the club to inform applicants and current medical students about the importance of diversity in medical schools and the need to improve access for minorities. They relate to the experiences of other students. Elaine expressed: “When I first came to Georgetown, I didn’t know anyone like me for almost a year. Even now, no one is like me”. Highlighting how immigrant students can feel isolated in the current American school system. DACA Awareness Club members want others to understand their experiences in order to promote more positive ones for future DACA and minority students.

      What They Want to Inform the Public

      The Executive-board members come from different countries: Danny from Colombia, Elaine from Hong Kong, and Ayalivis from the Dominican Republic. Although some came as undocumented immigrants, they have gained citizenship or have benefitted from President Obama’s DACA program. Therefore, they want to bring awareness to the community about the accessibility of education, healthcare, and basic rights for undocumented individuals through outreach to local communities. Furthermore, they want to educate the community on the opportunities provided by DACA for undocumented students that wish to pursue higher education and work in the US. Accordingly, the mission of the team is to provide education services and create awareness about the organization.

      What’s Next and Why?

      The group aims at taking advocacy and activism measures to address the challenges experienced by undocumented students. The DACA program helps students get employment opportunities, authorizations, and special rights not enjoyed by other undocumented immigrants. Nonetheless, they experience some challenges in broadcasting their agenda. First, many universities do not have designated offices that address the needs of their undocumented students. Secondly, the undocumented students are not eligible for federal grants or education loans; thus making it hard to afford higher education. Finally, the group has few resources to change school administrations to better accommodate their members. Although undocumented students can access education and healthcare, most members of the community lack this access. Therefore, the group visits the community to inform others on the issues and opportunities of undocumented students. Currently, the group participates in volunteer programs to teach minority youths about professionalism, patient-doctor communication, and careers in the health sector.



Please join us in congratulating 
GWIM Annual Award Winners 

Karen Gale Outstanding Achievement Award
Jacqueline Jonklaas, MD,
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Estelle Ramey Mentorship Award
Claudine Isaacs, MD
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Oncology
John Eisenberg Career Development Awards 
(Early Career)

Huei-Ting Tsai, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Oncology

Hilary T. Wolf, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Megha Shah Fitzpatrick, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Ayesha Shajahan-Haq, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Oncology
Congratulations to these awardees who we will recognize along with all recently appointed, promoted, and tenured GUSOM/MGUH women faculty at the  

GWIM Annual Awards Reception 
Thursday, December 15, 2016
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Note New Location:
Lombardi Atrium
Please RSVP to
by Tuesday, December 13, 2016

For more information, go to our website or email

The Fifth Annual GUSOM Bakeoff - Next Friday, December 16: 1:30-3:00
Bakers and Taste Testers (For quality control!) wanted!!! Open to all staff and faculty

Health Equity Forum: Great Minds Think Differently
- The Science of Diversity and the Impact of Unconscious Bias with Dr. Anna Han, NIH
Great Minds Think Differently: The Science of Diversity and the Impact of Unconscious Bias Anna Han, PhD, NIH Senior Behavioral Scientist & Senior Policy Advisor 

Dr. Han's talk focuses on evidence-based approaches and interventions to enhance the diversity and social inclusion of the scientific workforce. Her research areas include attitude and behavior change, stereotyping and prejudice, implicit/explicit biases, and implicit self-control. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, especially in the domain of implicit biases, and has served on numerous grant reviews and as an expert panelist on her topics of expertise.

To learn more and RSVP:

"What Makes You?" Night Celebrating Diversity in Art
Calling all Students, Faculty, Staff to join us in a night of performance and art at GUSOM. Entries requested by Dec 26!


A collaboration between the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Georgetown Arts & Medicine



Please submit your essay, prose, photography, poetry, visual art, film, music, dance piece,or other media by December 26th, 2016 . The "What Makes You?" night will take place on January 17th, 2017 from 7-8:30 PM in Proctor Harvey Auditorium, with a light reception preceding from 6-7 PM. Visual art will be on display during the reception. Submit here:



Early Bird Special for LMSA Midwest Conference only until December 31st
You are invited to register for the 2017 Midwest Regional Conference! Our regional conference will be held this year at the University of Michigan Medical School on Saturday, February 11th, 2017. We have a great lineup of speakers, workshops, interactive skills sessions, networking opportunites, over 20 Exhibitors including the top medical schools and residency programs in the country, an amazing service event, and several other surprises. Register now to start networking and get all of the conference gifts and materials!
Conference registration and Networking Dinner following the conference are $20 and $15, respectively, for medical students who are LMSA members. People who are accepted to present a poster at the conference will get reimbursed for Conference registration after the conference.
Conference Only,Early bird deal (Nov 27 - Dec 31):
Non-members (and anyone not a student): $30
Member med student: $20
Member undergrad/highschool: free 
Networking Dinner: $15 for everyone 
Hotel accommodations will be provided at a discounted rate ($96+tax/night) at

Holiday Inn® Near the University of Michigan
3600 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734.769.9800 ext 6293

Please be advised that the booking link does not work on mobile devices.
Link Instructions:
Click on the booking link here
On the 
left-hand side, select your Check In and Check Out Dates
Group Code will automatically populate
Click on Check Availability
From there the site will show you the room types that have been blocked along with the group rate
When making a reservation with the booking link please verify that the block name is listed above the rate options and that you are indeed getting the agreed upon rate of $96.00. If at any time during the
process it is stating anything about an advance deposit you may want to close the screen and start again. If you are having any further issues please contact the hotel and they can direct you to our reservations service.
Latino Medical School Association
If you have any questions,please do not hesitate to contact me or Alex Alejos, our awesome Conference Coordinator at
Jessica M Ocampo
LMSA Midwest, Chief Development Officer


ASTRO 2017 Minority Summer Fellowship Award

The goal of the 2017 ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award is to introduce medical students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education. Medical students in all years are encouraged to apply, although preference will be given to first- and second-year students.

Two award winners will be chosen, and they will be introduced to the discipline of radiation oncology and exposed to clinical, basic and translational research questions. Each winner will receive:

  • A $2,500 stipend for an eight-week training program.
  • An additional $1,000 upon completion of a final report.
  • Another $1,000 to be applied toward attendance at the 2018 ASTRO Annual Meeting.

Please help us get the word out about this important opportunity. We have developed a promotional poster for you to download and post, or share with colleagues and students.

The application deadline is February 10, 2017. The eligibility requirements and the application form are available here.


Women in Medicine Leadership Scholarships:
LGBTQ Leadership Scholarship

Women in Medicine (WIM) will present four, $5,000 LGBTQ Leadership Scholarships for female medical students enrolled in allopathic, osteopathic, or naturopathic medical schools in the United States or Canada in 2017. The scholarships will be presented at the WIM annual meeting, which will be held in Burlington, Vermont, May 31 to June 4, 2017, with the expectation that the medical student must attend the conference and be present to receive their awards. Applicants should be in good academic standing, and have actively contributed/demonstrated leadership for the LGBTQ community.

Complete Leadership Scholarship Application here

The application and all required letters are due February 1, 2017.


Third Annual Jameson Crane III Disability And The Law Writing Competition


The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.


The Crane Writing Competition is open to currently enrolled law students (J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D.), medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States.


Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.


Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts. Judging will be on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Thesis originality
  2. Topic complexity
  3. Research quality
  4. Organization and analysis
  5. Writing quality 


  1. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards.
  2. Two second-place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner. By submitting a paper to this competition, the author grants Thomas Jefferson School of Law the right to edit, as necessary, and publish that paper in the TJLR.


The written submission shall be an original work of a single author not previously published or under consideration for publication. The work must be produced in conjunction with course work toward a degree or under the supervision of a faculty member at the student’s home institution. Only one submission may be submitted per author.


Submissions should be appropriate for law review publication. Citations should conform to the citation style most frequently used by the student’s discipline. For example, law student manuscripts should employ the current edition of The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation. All submissions should be in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. Footnotes should be single-spaced. One inch margins are required. Pages should be numbered. A cover page must be provided that includes: author name; contact information; school; and the academic degree currently pursued by the student. Submissions must not exceed 35 pages in length, including citations, any figures or tables, and the cover page. The paper title should appear on the first full page of text. Identifying information, including student name, should not appear on any page other than the cover page.


All submissions must be submitted electronically to cranewritingcompetition@tjsl.eduAll entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January 15, 2017. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2017.


Questions should be directed to Associate Dean and Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp:


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