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.