Congratulations ADVANCE-UP 2023 Alumni!


The Office for Faculty is delighted to share the remarkable success of this year's cohort, who have completed the year-long ADVANCE-UP program.

The ADVANCE-UP (Academic DeVelopment Advocacy Networking, Coaching, and Education for Underrepresented Populations) program is designed to provide a profound and transformative experience for faculty members from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds. The ultimate goal is to cultivate a supportive community, facilitate timely promotions, and bolster representation in leadership positions.

To the incredible individuals of the 2023 cohort, we extend our warmest congratulations

2023 ADVANCE-UP Scholars:

Drs. Ayangeakaa, Campbell, Faison and Gray

  • Suur Ayangeakaa, PhD, Population Health Sciences
  • Melissa Campbell, MD, Pediatrics
  • Tomeico Faison, OT, Medicine
  • Keyaria Gray, DO, Pediatrics

Drs. Gupta, Jefferies, McMickens, Minga

  • Olga Gupta, MD, Pediatrics
  • Courtney Jeffries, PT, Doctor of Physical Therapy Division
  • Courtney McMickens, MD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Jamila Minga, PhD, Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences

Drs. Pean, Riley, Sullivan, Ukachukwu

  • Christian Pean, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Isaretta Riley, MD, MPH, Medicine
  • Richalle Sullivan, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Alvan Ukachukwu, MD, Neurosurgery