MISO Hosts Winter Refuel & Cultural Exchange Event

Student leaders of the Minority & International Scientists student organization (MISO) (left to right): Saron Bitew, Amaya Lewis and Hawa Dansoko.

Fifty guests attended a Winter Refuel & Cultural Exchange Event hosted by the Minority and International Scientists Organization (MISO) on Thursday, Dec. 7.

The event, hosted in L-403, brought students, faculty and staff together for free wellness care packages, free Mediterranean food and an opportunity to meet this year’s MISO student leaders: President Amaya Lewis, Co-President & Secretary Hawa Dansoko and Co-President & Treasurer Saron Bitew.

Represented Graduate Medical Sciences programs included: MAMS, Oral Health Sciences, Biomedical Forensic Sciences, Biomedical Research Technologies, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Molecular & Translational Medicine (PiBS), Biochemistry (PiBS), Pharmacology and Clinical Research. The event also welcomed guests from the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee & Advisory Board and a representative from the Summer Training as Research Scholars (STaRS) program.

Check out a reflection from MISO President Amaya Lewis below:

After being on a post-pandemic hiatus, my fellow officers and I were proud to bring back the Minority & International Scientists Organization, MISO, with a bang! Under its new leadership that includes MISO President, Amaya Lewis, MISO Co-President & Secretary, Hawa Dansoko, and MISO Co-President & Treasurer, Saron Bitew, we hosted our first Fall 2023 event called Brain Break: Winter Refuel & Cultural Exchange. Brain Break was an opportunity for students and faculty to get a reprieve from their studies and responsibilities, and enjoy free Mediterranean Food, thoughtfully assembled Winter Wellness goodie bags, share intheir cultural heritage with a Where Are You From Pinboard, and meet and mingle with fellow GMS students and faculty. Most of all, guests had the opportunity to meet MISO’s new officers and learn about the organization’s purpose, mission, upcoming events, and how to get involved. Open to all members of the GMS community, we were proud to have faculty representation from the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office and Advisory Board as our special guests.
Altogether, Brain Break was a hit among students and faculty, and both groups are excited for future MISO student engagement and collaborations with various GMS organizations!


The mission of the Minority and International Scientists Organization is to provide a supportive and enriched environment to the diverse population of Boston University scientists via various social and academic events. Learn more here!