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Department School of Public Health
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Health Equity Scholars Program Mentor

Volunteer Opportunities

Health Equity Scholars (HES) program mentors help guide and support a cohort of exceptional students as they earn their Master of Public Health degree.

Brown’s Health Equity Scholars program brings together Master of Public Health students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and students from Rhode Island. Mentors support HES students as they gain the skills necessary to be transformational leaders in their public health careers.


  • Ability to assist a rising generation of public health practitioners with needs around career development, gaining exposure and experience, and networking introductions
  • Participation in an annual virtual meet-and-greet event with mentors, students, and School leadership
  • Optional for active mentors: Participation in annual in-person gathering to celebrate the accomplishments of the HES cohort


Mentors can be involved at two levels of commitment:

Active member

  • An active mentor is paired with an HES student for the duration of the student’s two-year MPH program, and is expected to be in touch with their mentee at least two to three times per semester.
  • Mentors who express interest between January and August have the best chance of being paired with an incoming HES student. Pairings are made based on students’ academic and career interests.

Member of the mentor pool

  • A member of the mentor pool makes themself available for ad hoc informational interviews, introductions, and other requests.

Mentors are listed on the HES website. Current HES students are encouraged to reach out to any member of the mentor pool for networking or other professional support.

How To Get Involved:

To learn more about becoming a mentor, contact Kathryn Kempton Amaral at  at kathryn_kempton_amaral@brown.edu or fill out our interest form. To learn more about the HES program, contact Rosenny Taveras at rosenny_taveras@brown.edu or visit the HES website.