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Joel A. Bervell, Class of 2016

After graduating with a BA in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology from Yale University in 2017, the Ghanaian-American scholar completed a Masters in Medical Science at Boston University and spent a year working as a clinical research assistant at Providence Hospital researching the best treatment modalities for appendicitis. Bervell is the co-founder of[ Hugs for,]( “https://hugsfor.org/)”) a non-profit that is dedicated to empowering the next generation of high school global leaders. Today, Hugs has mobilized hundreds of youth volunteers and fundraised over $500,000 worth of material gifts and monetary donations, and successfully planned trips to Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.

He also currently serves as the American Medical Association’s Medical Student Digital Fellow, working with the World Health Organization’s Digital Communications Team with a collection of health professionals combatting the spread of misinformation on social media about COVID-19, and on a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion project with the VA Hospital systems.

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Rakim H.D. Brooks, Class of 2008

“An alumni from Brown University and the Institute’s Class of 2008, Rakim Brooks now serves as the President for the Alliance for Justice organization, which is a national association of over 120 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society.

​Brooks also has M.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and a J.D. and M.B.A. from Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management. Brooks has an outstanding reputation as an innovative strategist, policy thinker, and legal advocate. As a public interest appellate lawyer, he is committed to a judiciary that reflects America’s diversity and the Constitution’s promise of a more perfect union.”

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Lawrence B. Brown, Class of 2011

A scholar from the Institute’s Class of 2011, Lawrence Brown has achieved so much in the past 10 years. After graduating from Oakwood University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Recording Arts and a minor in Chemistry, he completed a Master of Health Science in the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. From there, he enrolled in the School of Medicine. He also completed a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy at the Yale School of Public Health between his third and fourth years of medical school.

At the moment, Brown is completing a General Surgery Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

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Darius A. Graham, Class of 2005

“After spending his summer with the Institute with the Class of 2005, Graham graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and later received a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. As a lawyer and leader in areas such as philanthropy, social impact, and entrepreneurship, he leads the grantmaking strategy in Baltimore and manages several signature initiatives and partnerships focused on areas such as economic mobility, civic leadership, and community development at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Graham also works as an adjunct professor at Goucher College.”

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