The Georgetown University Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship

Dear GUSOM Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Partners:

With great excitement, I’m pleased to share that our college and high school pre-med and pre-health students have joined our virtual community this summer. This year, we’ve welcomed our fourth cohort of 10 Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHES) Fellows from universities all over the country, our fifth cohort of 18 Gateway Exploration Program Scholars (GEP) from local DC Public Schools (DCPS), and our fourth cohort of 9 DCPS high school students enrolled in the jointly sponsored School of Continuing Studies-GUMC Summer Medical Academies. Please see below for more details on our new cohorts of fellows and scholars.

In particular, please join me in thanking Dean Emeritus, Dr. Ray Mitchell for his vision, commitment, and enduring support in growing all our pipeline programs throughout the past 5 years and Dean Cheng for her support of our programs moving to an online format this year due to COVID-19 considerations. I also wanted to recognize the herculean efforts of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion Team for the recruitment, selection and management of the ARCHES and GEP programs and am particularly grateful for our awesome programming planning team–Samuel Chan, Yessica Ayala Bonilla, Christina Rivers and Megan Huynh–for their thoughtful, engaging and innovative planning and implementation. 

Georgetown School of Medicine is excited to welcome Dean Mitchell’s 2020/2021 ARCHES Fellows! 

The Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHES) Program is a six-week program for ten undergraduate students who are rising juniors and seniors interested in pursuing medical studies and are committed to advancing opportunities for populations who lack equitable access to health care and/or are committed to serving the underserved. Since Georgetown University transitioned summer programs to virtual learning, selected ARCHES Fellows will participate in a modified virtual enrichment program in 2020 with an anticipated in-person experience on the Georgetown campus in 2021 (pending COVID considerations then). The ARCHES virtual experience will focus on developing the fellows’ ability to bridge knowledge from the classroom to the real-world impact COVID-19 has on existing health disparities by conducting research, build networks through information sessions and mentoring with physicians, deans, medical school student mentors, as well as Georgetown faculty and staff. 

More about the program here. 2020/2021 Fellow Bios found on our website.

SAVE THE DATE! Our Fellows will be presenting their Op-Ed Project during an ARCHES Capstone Presentation on the afternoon of August 5. Please email Isela Melendez-Carpio ( for calendar invite and Zoom dial-in details.

Out of a pool of over 560 national candidates who applied this cycle, our 10 Fellows were selected and include:

2020/2021 ARCHES Fellows

Octavia Allen Whitfield, Howard University

Myana Banks, North Carolina A&T State University

Abigail Boateng, Georgetown University

Kahiau Cockett-Nagamine, Creighton University

Rajay Dockery, University of South Florida

Prishay Johri, George Mason University

Maria Evelyn Juarez Parra, Northern New Mexico College

LiJing (Austin) Lin, University of Rochester

Jennifer Martinez Sanchez, Georgetown University

Isaiah Osei-Gyening, Lafayette College

2020/2021 ARCHES Cohort

With all best wishes,

Isela Melendez-Carpio

Director of Diversity and Inclusion