Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Brown Advocates for Social Change and Equity (BASCE)

Brown Advocates for Social Change and Equity (BASCE) seeks to develop healthcare leaders who have a passion for engaging their peers in dialogue around issues of racism, cultural diversity, inclusion, social justice, and health equity.  

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Brown Advocates for Social Change and Equity (BASCE) is a year-long program supported by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs that seeks to develop healthcare leaders who have an aptitude and passion for engaging their peers in dialogue around issues of racism, cultural diversity, inclusion, social justice, and health equity.  

The vision [for BASCE] was to provide training to those who want to make antiracism work a central part of their careers in medicine.

Ry Garcia Sampson Emeriti Diversity Fellow

The program builds a community of medical students, residents, and faculty who have been trained to facilitate cross-cultural activities and dialogues on race, unconscious bias, and health equity within our peer community and respective healthcare systems. The sessions focus on critical thinking and dialogue, mentoring, and active workshopping of a project.

Learn more about our 2020-2021 BASCE Fellows.

Elizabeth (Beth) Brannan


I was born and raised in California and transplanted to Rhode Island for Triple Board (pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child/adolescent psychiatry) residency. I loved my training and the people here at Brown so much I chose to remain in Rhode Island to build my post-residency life. I work as an attending child psychiatrist at the Intensive Program for Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders at Bradley Hospital, I am the Associate Program Director for the Child Psychiatry Fellowship and Triple Board Program at Brown, and I co-direct medical student courses in Psychiatry in the MS1 and MS3 years. I am the mother of a 5-year-old daughter who motivates me to live more intentionally, authentically, and vulnerably every day. I am a white, cis-gender, heterosexual woman of Irish and Dutch descent and have benefited in many ways from white privilege and systems of dominance and oppression my entire life. I strive now to be living my profession and personal life dedicated to listening, learning, and actively cultivating an anti-racist white identity and using the privilege, power, and positions I have to disrupt racist and oppressive systems in which I have influence. I am committed to this for the rest of my life, and I am deeply grateful to be joining the BASCE fellowship and community.

Praveen Rajaguru


Praveen Rajaguru is an M2 at Brown. He is originally from Greenbelt, Maryland. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Health and Societies and received BA/MPH degrees. While he is completely undecided on medical specialty, he is broadly interested in training and education, equity and health disparities, and barriers to care especially related to cost. He enjoys running, singing, music, being outdoors, basketball, soccer, and meditating among other things. He is grateful to be the first in his family to go to medical school and hopes to use his position to amplify patient and community voices.

Pip Bond Lipkin


Pip Lipkin is a medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University applying into OB/GYN. They came to medicine by way of studying English and Art History as an undergraduate and working in hospice, where they witnessed the power of care, attention, art and humanism in the practice of healing. In medical school they have focused efforts on making healthcare approachable and accessible through health education courses for incarcerated youth and folks experiencing chronic homelessness. Pip has also been dedicated to the advocacy and support of trans* and gender diverse (T/GD) medical students in efforts such as co-founding a T/GD support group as well as co-creating a T/GD training for medical clerkship directors and coordinators to ensure T/GD medical students are supported in the clinical space. Their current research is at the intersection of family building, fertility preservation and the reproductive health needs of T/GD individuals.

Colleen Victor


Colleen is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, currently a PGY-4 in the Triple Board (Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) program. During medical school, she completed the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved certificate program, designed to enable future physicians to lead efforts to address the needs of the medically underserved. She spent her clinical years in Flint, and was involved in assessing caregiver perceptions of a pediatric fruit and vegetable prescription program during the Water Crisis. She plans to pursue a career in child and adolescent consult-liaison psychiatry and has a strong interest in medical education. When outside of the clinical setting, Colleen enjoys hiking, kayaking and yoga.

Natalie Banet


I am an Academic Pathologist at Women and Infants Hospital and I specialize in Gynecologic and Cytopathology. Together with my husband and two kids, I moved to Rhode Island in 2018 in order to return to Academic Medicine.

Dayna Burrell


My name is Dayna Burrell, and I am currently the Residency Program Director for Obstetrics & Gynecology and Assistant Professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. I am a member of the Division of General Obstetrics & Gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital. I was born & raised in Middlebury, CT before attending Bucknell University for college where I rowed for an NCAA Division 1 lightweight eight, and earned at BS in Biology. I went on to the University of Virginia for medical school and found a love for Ob/Gyn. I attended residency at Johns Hopkins and stayed on at Hopkins for 8 years as an academic general Ob/Gyn to follow. We relocated to Rhode Island ~4 years ago to be closer to family. I love my job, but what I love most about my job is my ability to work with medical students and residents. My passion in academic medicine is medical education, and after being an Associate Program Director and leading Simulation at Hopkins, I was beyond thrilled for the opportunity to become a Program Director here at Brown. That is my career so far in a nutshell- I can’t wait to see what happens next! At home, I am lucky to have a very supportive partner & husband (Mark), wild & crazy seven year old twins (Emma & Finn), and a loving 11 year old rescue dog named Lily.

Desiree Yeboah


Desiree was born in Brooklyn, NY and calls East Brunswick, NJ home. She attended Binghamton University where she majored in neuroscience and graduated with a Bachelor or Science degree in 2012. After graduation, she enrolled in a Post-bac Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Desiree returned to East Brunswick, NJ the following year, where she worked as a preschool teacher. Her role as an educator helped revitalize her passion and commitment to working with children. She is currently a PGY-3 Pediatrics Resident at Hasbro Children's Hospital/Brown University and is an aspiring pediatric hospitalist. Her career interests include supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in medical education and health disparities research and QI. In her spare time she loves to travel, cook new dishes, spend time with family, and attend and serve through her church community.

Belinda Zhou


Belinda Zhou is a third-year medical student at Alpert Medical School. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brown, where she majored in History. A native of Queens, NY, she has always been interested in caring for and working with immigrant communities. She is passionate about primary care, behavioral health, and addiction medicine (and is still trying to learn more about all of those things). She hopes to incorporate advocacy work into her medical career.

Yao Liu


Yao is a General Surgery resident at Brown. A first generation immigrant from China, he grew up in Portland, OR and came to Rhode Island for college where he has lived ever since. At Brown for college and medical school, Yao developed interests in economics, health policy, and healthcare innovation. He has worked on direct service and advocacy projects to reduce health disparities in Providence. He aspires towards a surgical career where he can integrate patient care with systems improvement and advocacy. He enjoys cooking (and its counterpart - eating), cycling, and kayaking with his wife Margie. He hopes to use the BASCE fellowship to bring attention and action to racial disparities in surgery.