Esperanza College Hosts Fourth Annual Minorities in Health Sciences Symposium

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – October 13, 2020. Esperanza College is hosting its Fourth Annual Minorities in Health Science Symposium on Friday, October 16th virtually through Zoom. The event is open to all Philadelphia area high schools as well as Esperanza College students. The students will hear from Dr. Julie Gerberding, Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer at Merck & Co, Inc. Dr. Luis Garcia Marcano, Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Johanna Vidal-Phelan, Senior Medical Director in Pediatrics at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan. Dr. Dawn Shell, Director of Phase 1 Curriculum at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, and Dr. Nilsa Graciani, Director of STEM at Esperanza College. The students will have the opportunity to participate in an experiment remotely through the event and preview the College’s Anatomage table which is one of two in the city.

The event is made possible thanks to our presenting sponsors Jefferson as well as leading sponsors Independence Blue Cross, Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple, Einstein, Penn Dental, Exude Inc, Penn Medicine, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as all the individuals and partner organizations that will participate in the event.

Nilsa R. Graciani explains that “exposing students early to professionals that look like them inspires them to pursue their goals and continue their education.  It also gives them motivation and realization that successful people may have gone through similar struggles faced by the students on a regular basis and were able to overcome them.”

The Minorities in Health Sciences Symposium is accepting registrations until the day of the event. To register, visit https://www.esperanza.us/event/minorities-in-health-sciences-symposium-2020/

For more information on the Esperanza College Minorities in Health Sciences Symposium visit www.esperanza.us. For media coverage, please contact Samantha Martinez at (215) 324-0746 ext. 480 or smartinez@esperanza.us


Esperanza is a national community-based social benefit organization founded in 1986 by Rev. Luis Cortés Jr., and the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity with the biblical mandate to serve and advocate for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40). Beginning with a local initiative, with programs targeted to address the unmet needs of North Philadelphia’s Hispanic community, Rev. Cortés is now sought by national and international leaders alike on issues of economic and workforce development, housing, immigration, and education. Under his leadership, Esperanza has grown from a small operation to a $40 million organization with more than 450 employees. Visit www.esperanza.us or follow us on social media @esperanza_us on Twitter and Instagram, EsperanzaUSA on Facebook and Esperanza US on YouTube.