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Summer Intensive Program in Intersectional BIPOC SGM-focused HIV Science

About the Program

The Summer Intensive Program in Intersectional BIPOC SGM-focused HIV Science is held over two weeks on Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus each year. The inaugural program took place May-June 2022.

The program invites a small cohort of trainees in the behavioral and social sciences who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and also sexual and gender minorities (SGM) in either graduate or postdoctoral training programs to attend an series of lectures and workshops. Scholars participate in the following:

  1. A series of lectures, trainings, and other academic activities about the application of intersectionality to HIV behavioral and data science research.
  2. Information sharing and usage to address disparities and inequities in HIV and health outcomes for BIPOC SGM populations.
  3. Mentoring and networking opportunities.

Program Sponsors

The Summer Intensive Program is sponsored by the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, and Southern AIDS Coalition. It is led by ISGMH Associate Director Jagadīśa-devaśrī Dācus, PhD. Program sessions are led by Northwestern faculty and participating academic and community collaborators from Chicagoland and from across the country. 

As a university-wide institute at Northwestern University, ISGMH's mission is to connect scholars from numerous disciplines with the SGM community to forge collaborations and stimulate innovative research to improve SGM health and wellbeing. The Institute provides opportunities for high-level research and training for the next generation of SGM scholars.

The Third Coast Center for AIDS Research is a citywide collaboration led by Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health and multiple community partners. The center’s mission is to catalyze cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional research will end the HIV epidemic.

The mission of Southern AIDS Coalition is to end HIV/STI epidemics in the South by promoting accessible and high-quality systems of prevention, treatment, care, housing, and essential support services.

Meet the 2023 Scholars

Meet the 2023 Summer Intensive Program Scholars. Bryce Takenaka, PhD students, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health. Isaac Payton, MBA, MSN, APRM, PMHNP-BC, PhD, student at the University of Florida, College of Nursing. Jonathan López-Matos, doctoral candidate in the Health Psychology and Clinical Science Doctoral Program at CUNY-GC. Justino Flores, PhD student, Clinical Psychology, George Washington University. Loxley Seager, PhDs student, social and behavioral sciences, George Washington University. Milken Institute School of Public Health. Maria Jose Bustamante, PhD students, clinical psychology, Boston University Addictive Behaviors Lab. Maria Sobrino, PhD student, basic and applied psychology program at the City University of New York. Roman Johnson, PhD, research associate, Massachusetts General Hospital.