Expanding Latinx Representation in Health and STEM Careers: Evaluation of SALUD (2020-2021)

This project team created a comprehensive evaluation of the Scholar Academy for Latinxs United for Diversity (SALUD) program, which develops infrastructure for high school and college students to develop leadership skills and receive personal and professional development via a 12-week curriculum centered on social determinants of health affecting the Latinx community.

Team members examined and helped refine SALUD’s long- and short-term goals and developed a plan to assess the effectiveness of the curriculum and the program’s acceptability and feasibility. In particular, the team developed survey components to measure the social determinants of health, college and health profession readiness, self-efficacy and ethnic inclusion.

The team also worked on revamping elements of the SALUD curriculum, including creating new sessions on racism in healthcare, sexual and reproductive justice, farmworker health and healthy relationships. Overall, this new content is designed to increase participation in the program, encourage reflection from participants and promote engagement.


Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

Team Outputs

Program evaluation framework

This Team in the News

Faculty Perspectives: Gabriela Nagy

This project team was originally part of the Education & Human Development theme of Bass Connections, which ended in 2022. See earlier related team, Scholar Academy for Latinxs United for Diversity (SALUD): Mentorship and Leadership Program Model (2019-2020).


Images from SALUD website


Team Leaders

  • Anthony Fuller, School of Medicine-Neurosurgery
  • Gabriela Nagy Carrasquel, School of Medicine-Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Maria Baez, Philosophy (AB)
  • Alexis Diaz, Biology (BS)
  • Alexandra Diaz, Biology (BS)
  • Leticia Flores, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Nimish Garg, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Alycia Love, Political Science (AB)
  • Ameya Sanyal, Psychology (AB)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Brigit Carter, School of Nursing
  • Maureen Cullins, School of Medicine, Multicultural Research Center
  • Miriam Feliu, School of Medicine-Psychiatry: Behavioral Medicine
  • Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, School of Nursing
  • Girija Mahajan, Duke College Advising Corps
  • Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Quynh-Chi Vo, Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs