Scholar Academy for Latinxs United for Diversity (SALUD): Mentorship and Leadership Program Model (2019-2020)

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.

This Bass Connections team developed a program evaluation to determine the efficacy of the program and whether it had achieved its goals. They evaluated the program according to three different areas:

  • Social determinants of health (SDOH): How well does our curriculum teach students about SDOH as it relates to social justice in their community?
  • College preparedness and health profession engagement: How well does our program prepare students to undergo the college application process?
  • Inclusivity: How well does our program include individuals of different Latinx-specific experiences and language levels?

They created a qualitative survey with a series of 34 questions and 6 categories (Understanding of SDOH, Understanding of Session Material, Development of Academic Skills, Development of Personal Skills, College Prep and Future Aspirations, SALUD Support) to see how well the program had covered these three areas. Their critical findings included:

  • There was an increased awareness of barriers and issues surrounding the Latinx Community.
  • Scholars noted a marked improvement in their self-confidence.
  • There was an increase in number of male participants from the 2019 to the 2020 cohort.
  • The greatest variation across responses were for those relating to college admissions for both cohorts.


Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Team Outputs

Developing a Program Evaluation for SALUD (Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase 2020)


Community Matters 134: DPS Foundation - SALUD (Segment 03)

This Team in the News

Duke Medical Student Alex Villeda awarded Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship

This project team was originally part of the Education & Human Development theme of Bass Connections, which ended in 2022. See related team, Expanding Latinx Representation in Health and STEM Careers: Evaluation of SALUD (2020-2021).


Image: SALUD website

SALUD website.

Team Leaders

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

/graduate Team Members

  • Ariana Paniagua, Medicine MD Second Year
  • Camilo Toro, Longitudinal Integrated Curric
  • Alex Villeda, Medicine MD Third Year, Primary Care Leadership-MD

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Fernanda Corona Rizo, Electrical & Computer Egr(BSE), Computer Science (BSE2)
  • Alexandra Diaz, Biology (BS)
  • James Jackson IV
  • Devi Lakhlani, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Erin Lee, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Kira Ward, Psychology (AB)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Brigit Carter, School of Nursing
  • Leonor Corsino, School of Medicine-Medicine
  • Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, School of Nursing
  • Girija Mahajan, Duke College Advising Corps

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Joaquin Carcano, Latinos in the Deep South
  • El Futuro (Community Mental Health Agency for Latino population)
  • SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens)
  • Ana Gomez, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Judith Montenegro, Latinos in the Deep South
  • Jewel Scott, Duke Alumnus