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YBDIC Branches


The student advancement division is committed to preparing underrepresented students in BBS to successfully navigate the next stage of their academic career and transition into non-academic or academic sectors. By creating a dedicated faculty mentoring network and leveraging our alumni relationships, we will be able to provide underrepresented students with models and mentors as they traverse the next stage of their academic career.

Chair of Advancement: Jennifer Loza
YBDIC Advancement Fellows: Matheo Morales and Monique Pedroza


The student empowerment division tackles the historical legacy of patterns and practices that have led to the exclusion of underrepresented students in STEM. Through this division, we aim to both empower underrepresented students and address and alleviate historical and psychological burden that comes with being underrepresented in STEM. Through the appointment of dedicated YBDIC fellows for each track in BBS, we aim to create more inclusive training environments throughout the BBS program – and we believe this will culminate into institutional change.

Chair of Empowerment: Yanitza Rodriguez
YBDIC Empowerment Fellows: Reina Desrouleaux and Ray Vaca


The student engagement division aims to increase the representation of underrepresented scholars in BBS by advancing progressive recruitment initiatives coupled with student outreach to engage the next generation of scientists.

Chair of Engagement: Yanixa Quiñones-Avilés
YBDIC Engagement Fellows: Paola Negrón-Moreno and Rebecca Colón-Ríos


The student outreach division focuses on providing access to science education and science communication opportunities and resources, available at Yale and within Yale’s networks, to engage, empower, and advance underrepresented, disadvantaged, and marginalized individuals in the biological and biomedical sciences to increase career readiness.

Chair of Outreach: Ngozi Akingbesote
YBDIC Outreach Fellows: Calvin Fan and Rana Gbyli