The Human Rights & Social Justice Program (HRSJ) offers a group of first year medical students a chance to develop their understandings of health equity, human rights, and social justice through research, advocacy, and coursework. Over the years, the HRSJ program has served as an important internal community of Mount Sinai students dedicated to local issues of justice and equity.

The program consists of a weekly course in the Fall, service-learning experiences throughout East Harlem, and the opportunity to be paired with a faculty mentor to pursue a scholarly project. For more information, we encourage you to look at our old syllabi, as well as information on service-learning experiences.


HRSJ is run by a group of second-year medical students each year who also function as Mount Sinai’s chapter of Physicians for Human Rights and are mentored by Dr. Ann-Gel Palermo at Sinai’s Center for Multicultural & Community Affairs.

We understand that this is an often challenging path and are dedicated to the importance of self-care and mindfulness for our members. HRSJ aims to support and empower a group of individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds by creating a space for comfortable sharing and critical discussion.

For the student community at large, HRSJ members will work to hold regular round-table discussions and debriefs related to current events with the goal to create a regular space to share and discuss these topics. Members will be guided on key points in sustainable organizing and collaborating.



2018-2019 HRSJ Cohort and Leaders