This fund helps build a community of Black students who are interested in improving health outcomes for underserved populations.
University at Buffalo alumnae Greer Hamilton, MSW ’16, BA ’16, and Danise Wilson, MPH ’14, were disheartened by the lack of minority representation in the field—so they did something about it.
The Hamilton-Wilson Student Assistance Fund, created by the two graduates, will provide an annual award to deserving graduate students working toward a master’s degree in social work or public health, while also connecting them with Black mentors in their respective fields.
The fund is designated to help students with non-tuition related expenses, such as books, field placement, transportation, and other needs they may have. As Wilson said, “A lot of the communities we work in don’t have public transportation—not everyone has a piggy bank they can draw from to pay for expenses like a car or gas.”
In addition, the fund is designed to support mentorship opportunities and build a sense of fellowship for Black students in the schools of Social Work and Public Health and Health Professions.