Hattie Huston-Paterson, Founder

Hattie is a student doctor and African Studies FLAS Fellow at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to medical school, Hattie worked for the UN Human Rights Council and the U.S. Department of Justice on racial discrimination and civil rights. She holds a joint degree in Philosophy & Modern Languages from the University of Oxford. She intends to pursue health equity through a career in trauma surgery and surgical critical care.


Amanda Labora,


Amanda is a student doctor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is co-coordinator of the Women's Refugee Health Clinic at the Penn Center for Primary Care and a medical student representative to the Advisory Council of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at Penn Medicine. Prior to medical school, Amanda completed a Fulbright research project in Mexico on obstetric violence. She was awarded a degree in History from Brown University in 2013. She is pursuing a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Horace DeLisser, MD, C

urriculum Director

Dr. DeLisser is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his medical degree in 1985. Dr. DeLisser is drawn to improving medical student diversity as well as medical education regarding physician professionalism and humanism, especially on issues of cultural humility. In addition, Dr. DeLisser was the co-principle investigator for the NIH, NHLBI funded grant, “Cultural Competence Health Disparities Training Program.” Dr. DeLisser works to promote graduate medical trainee and faculty diversity at Penn through various institutional mentoring programs.

David Thai,


David is an undergraduate student studying Health and Societies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-founder and current Chair of "7|8," the first-generation, low-income Asian American student group on Penn's campus. David also co-founded the Philadelphia-based non-profit organization called "The Collective Success," which serves to connect first-generation, low-income college students with local professionals and employers. David anticipates pursuing a career in health care policy, policymaking, and advocacy work, with a particular focus on marginalized communities.

Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu.
[The art of becoming a person is learned through other people.]
— Zulu Proverb