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Morehouse, AUC Schools Partner With MSM on New Undergraduate Academy THANKS TO A $3-MILLION grant from Kaiser Permanente, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) has created a program to help underrepresented students enter graduate-level study in the health and biomedical fields. The Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy at the Morehouse School of Medicine was announced Sept. 16, 2016. The Academy provides tutoring, mentoring, research and support for undergraduate students at Morehouse, Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College. The goal is to advance and help ensure the success of the next generation of diverse healthcare providers and increase the potential of students to successfully progress to medical school and pursue careers along the healthcare pathway. “Partnerships like this are not only key to helping us transform the future of health care and medical education, but help ensure that those who are on the front lines of community health reflect the diversity of our nation’s communities,” said Dr. Ronald Copeland, senior vice president of Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and Policy, and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Kaiser Permanente. “The program allows participants who are underrepresented in biomedical sciences to not only collaborate with our faculty and students, but to join a community effort to provide culturallyrelevant, compassionate care,” said MSM President and Dean Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice. n

Lifting Diversity by Hosting Platform Summit FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS, Morehouse has hosted the Platform Summit, an annual event focused on diversifying the innovation economy. The two-and-a-half-day event has featured such tech and business luminaries as Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder; David Drummond, Google’s senior vice president for corporate development and chief legal officer; Topper Carew, filmmaker and urban design director at MIT’s Innovation Center Initiative; and Ben Jealous, partner at Kapor Capital and former CEO of NAACP and a Morehouse trustee. n

Morehouse President, Students Attend Global STEM Forum By SHANDRA HILL SMITH

ABEL GUMBO ’16, has held fast to a goal of doing his part to bring advances in technology to his homeland and beyond. The Zimbabwe native’s interests solidified even more when he traveled with three other Morehouse College students in March 2016 to Dakar, Senegal, to attend the first Next Einstein Forum (NEF). The Next Einstein Forum brings together leading thinkers in science, policy, industry and civil society in Africa to leverage science to solve global challenges. An initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, NEF mobilizes the brightest minds to address the most pressing problems through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as the social sciences. “One of the reasons I got into technology is because I strongly feel that technology has a huge part to play in solving some of the problems [Africa] faces as a continent,” said Gumbo, adding that he likes “how technology can be used to efficiently deliver better services to people.” The global meeting of the minds was sponsored by a grant from The MasterCard Foundation-African Student Global Leadership Development Fund. Gumbo joined fellow students Obey Justice Chiguta, also of Zimbabwe and a fellow Andrew Young International Scholar, Leandre Kibeho of Rwanda and Saidou Ngaide of Mauritania. President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. ’79, spoke at the conference. Some of the panel discussions were on topics ranging from best-practice educational programs to train tomorrow’s science leaders, to how to get more women in science in higher education, to how STEM research and capacity may contribute to a sustainable innovation ecosystem. For Gumbo, the experience “was more of a reminder of where I want to go in life. It’s one thing to know what you want to do, but it’s another seeing people who are actually doing it and knowing that it’s something that can be done.” n WINTER 2017


Morehouse Magazine Winter 2017  

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