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


Latinx (i.e., Latin, Hispanic) individuals are the largest, fastest growing and youngest minority group in the US and are estimated to double in size by 2050. In North Carolina, the Latinx population grew from 75,000 in 1990 to 800,000 in 2010.

Despite representing 17.8% of the total US population, Latinx individuals are only awarded 4.5% of STEM doctoral degrees. There are numerous barriers for Latinx students to enter STEM fields, including lack of access to mentorship from Latinx professionals. For example, only 2% of teachers in Durham County identify as Latinx. Investing in the education, training and mentorship of these students represents one route to increasing the representation of Latinx individuals in health-related and STEM professions.

Project Description

This project team will conduct an evaluation of the Scholar Academy for Latinxs United for Diversity (SALUD) program that will assess the effectiveness of the curriculum and the program’s acceptability and feasibility. SALUD seeks to develop infrastructure for high school and college students to receive personal and professional development, mentorship and leadership skills via a 12-week curriculum centered on social determinants of health affecting the Latinx community.

The efficacy of SALUD will be evaluated from various perspectives, including changes in students’ awareness, knowledge, skills, research preparation and college application processes, among many other qualities relating to leadership and mentorship.

To evaluate acceptability, the team will collect quantitative and qualitative feedback from student participants, presenters/facilitators and community partners/contributors following each session and after the 12-week program. Additionally, team members will carry out interviews with administrators and school counselors in Durham Public Schools.

To evaluate feasibility, the team will examine high school participants’ session attendance and collect qualitative data regarding their ability to engage in SALUD, willingness to participate in program components as well as facilitators of their participation and barriers to participation.

Long-term effectiveness will be evaluated through surveys regarding students’ college admission and scholarship statistics. Feedback from a variety of stakeholders will be recorded to measure the overall success of the program.

The team will analyze the data to provide SALUD with feedback to improve the program as well as provide a reputable example for future programs nationwide to guide their own development.

Anticipated Outputs

Peer-reviewed publications; conference presentations; publications on website; toolkit for other teams to develop similar programs; basis for future grant applications and expand study


Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

  • Fall 2020: Invite speakers; deliver program to high school students; collect quantitative and qualitative data
  • Spring 2021: Deliver program to high school students; collect quantitative and qualitative data; analyze data; take part in SALUD Commencement Ceremony

This Team in the News

Faculty Perspectives: Gabriela Nagy

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
  • Alexandra Diaz, Biology (BS)
  • Alexis Diaz
  • Leticia Flores, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Nimish Garg, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Alycia Love
  • Ameya Sanyal, Psychology (AB), Global Health (AB2)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Brigit Carter, School of Nursing
  • Miriam Feliu, School of Medicine-Psychiatry: Behavioral Medicine
  • Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, School of Nursing
  • Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Quynh-Chi Vo, Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Maureen Cullins, School of Med, Multicultural Res Ctr
  • Girija Mahajan, Duke/Durham Education Collaboration