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Meet This Year's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Fellows

Headshots of the eight 2022-23 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Antiracism (IDEA) Fellows

November 9, 2022

This month the Dornsife School of Public Health introduces the third—and largest—cohort of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Fellows.

The 2022-23 IDEA Fellows will engage in a range of activities aimed at supporting diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism efforts at Dornsife.

Each Fellow has a focus area, and some examples include:

  • Examining the idea of "conducting research through an anti-racism lens"
  • Developing an online resource of racial segregation and spatial polarization measures
  • Working with The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity to accelerate the center’s goals of anti-racist solutions and health equity for all
  • Exploring how tenure and promotion procedures account for diversity and inclusion initiatives

The Fellows will work closely with Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Scarlett Bellamy, ScD, and other faculty and staff to develop, implement, and/or evaluate Dornsife’s initiatives in their area of emphasis.

The IDEA Fellowship began as a way for BIPOC students to be compensated for their participation in the school’s antiracism activities, and it is now open to current students who share an interest in diversity and social justice programming and education. Learn more about the history of the IDEA Fellowship.

"Very few programs can boldly claim to both acknowledge and tackle racism in academia," said IDEA Fellow and MPH student Sumbul Murtaza. "I aim to play an active role in promoting academic success of diverse scholars and dismantling racism in the world of health and education. I hope that this fellowship works toward eliminating health inequities in our society and set the framework for future projects looking to transform academia for all."

Meet the IDEA Fellows

Learn more about Dornsife's Action Plan to Enhance Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Anti-Racism