Three Pillars

1. Tuition & Professional Development Support

  • Diversity Leadership Scholars are awarded a scholarship from the MCH C.O.E. for up to 6 tuition credits over a two-year period*. Please note: Due to our funding source, we must limit eligibility to US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents.
  • Diversity Leadership Scholars are awarded professional development funds, for attendance at local or national conferences advancing health and equity.

2. Alumnae Mentoring

  • Each scholar will be matched with a mentor—a woman or man of color or ally and/or person from the LGBTQIA+ who holds an MCH-related leadership position in the Boston area. Many of our mentors are graduates of the MPH/MCH program at BUSPH. Mentors help scholars navigate the complex learning and professional development process inherent in combining academic training, lived experience as a member of a minority and LGBTQIA+ community, and a passion for racial, health, and social justice.

3. Community Building at BUSPH

  • The DSLP supports students to build relationships with mentors and other students of color and/or person from the LGBTQIA+ community at BUSPH. This can occur organically as well as through planned social gatherings, ‘racial justice talking circles’, and events such as ‘life course’ panel discussions with mentors.

Recent Diversity Leadership Scholars on Community-building:

“Things like student-organized potlucks outside of school and the DSLP events, and the dinners we had at the beginning of the year to introduce us to each other, were kind of the threads that pull us together.”

“Meeting people who shared similar experience and interest—we just really bonded. That for me was the most valuable part of the program.”

“My mentor just gives really great advice. She has a really good bird’s eye view from her experience, like, ‘Okay, here’s where you are and here’s some great ideas on what you can do.’ She helped me focus my practicum. It was really great to have her there. It’s so helpful. It’s a good support.”