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White House Initiative HBCU All-Stars Honored

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On Monday, Sept. 18, ADEA attended the annual dinner for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHI HBCU) All-Stars. The dinner was hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) at the headquarters building in Washington, DC. WHI HBCU All-Stars are selected through a competitive application process. The cohort serves as ambassadors of the WHI HBCU. During the yearlong appointment, the All-Stars provide outreach opportunities and communicate with their fellow students about the value of education. This year, 62 All-Stars were selected from a pool of over 450 applicants. The All-Stars come together for a weeklong networking retreat in Washington, DC, that includes meetings with WHI HBCU staff, a tour of the White House, a visit to the National African-American Museum of History and Culture, and a meeting with the U.S. Surgeon General. 2017 marks the third year that AAMC has hosted the culminating dinner.

Roger Mitchell, M.D.,
Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia

During the dinner, the All-Stars were encouraged to pursue careers in the health professions. Roger Mitchell, M.D., FASCP, Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Mitchell shared that he was inspired to pursue a career in medicine from witnessing his grandfather’s commitment to providing medical care to his community and patients regardless of their ability to pay. Following the keynote, All-Stars engaged in table discussions that touched on points evident in Dr. Mitchell’s talk, including the importance of a life of service in one’s professional pursuits. Staff from AAMC, ADEA and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) were seated at tables with the All-Stars and served as discussion facilitators. The All-Stars’ career aspirations span the gamut. Of the seven who were seated at the table with ADEA staff, two were interested in careers in the health professions. The others plan to pursue law, public relations, public administration, and a career in political office. 

Rachel Rosario, a D4 student at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, is among the 2017 All-Star cohort. During table discussions, Ms. Rosario shared that hearing the story of Deamonte Driver sparked her interest in becoming a pediatric dentist.

Pictured (left to right) Ta’Mara Hil (Wiley College), William Gibson (Winston-Salem State University), Sonja Harrison, M.S.W. (ADEA Director of Program Services), Tarrianna McCullough (Voorhees College), Mamei Willie-Bonglo (University of the District of Columbia), and Tasja Estiverne (Johnson C. Smith University)

To learn more about the WHI HBCU All-Stars program, visit the website.

Publishedon October 11, 2017

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