The Center of Multicultural Affairs and Engagement (CMAE) is your biggest ally. They're here to create a welcoming environment for minority and underrepresented medical students by working closely with student organizations such as the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), White Coats 4 Black Lives (WC4BL), Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA), and Promoting Recognition of Identity, Dignity, and Equality (PRIDE) in Healthcare.
STUDENT COUNCIL DEI OFFICERS
Reach out and get connected with our current DEI officers.
- Mikael Mir, MS3 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- I’m interested in helping adapt our curriculum with novel ideas that are created within the DEI world
- Anam Hasan, MS3 (email@example.com)
- I’m interested in community engagement and building relationships with the communities we serve in the Twin Cities
- Koushik Paul, MS2 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Due to my nonprofit community organizing and community-based participatory research (CBPR) experiences prior to medical school, I am connected to different organizations serving different BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ populations within our state. My Duluth education allowed me to establish relationships and partnerships for rural health equity as well. I am actively involved in creating more community-university partnerships through teach-ins, listening sessions, and organizing health fairs where medical students can directly learn from the community leaders regarding health inequities and ongoing community efforts.
- Gerardo Ramirez, MS2 (email@example.com)
- Michael Schroeder-Toya, MS4 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- I have a strong interest in developing and supporting anti-racism in medicine, particularly in medical education. I also have an interest in community engagement, especially the urban Native American community.
- Cailean Dakota MacColl, she/they, MS1 (email@example.com)
- As a seasoned DEI consultant and community activist, I have years of experience establishing sustainable programming related to health and environmental equity. Through the lenses of public health, sustainability, Indigenous healing, and Queerness, I’m looking forward to building and fostering stronger relationships within the medical school and larger Duluth community.
STUDENT COUNCIL - DEI RELATED STUDENT GROUPS
Women in Medicine
University of Minnesota Women in Medicine is a community of UMN medical students and professionals united in the advancement of anyone who experiences disadvantages due to their gender, including individuals who are cisgender, transgender, gender-non conforming, or identify within a gender minority. WIM strives to empower medical students in their professional pursuits, advocate for gender equity, and share in education. WIM welcomes all students passionate about our mission of promoting gender equity in medicine, irrespective of sex and gender identity. Additional website (presence)
Medical Students for Choice
UMN Twin Cities Chapter of Medical Students for Choice. Our goals are to educate fellow medical students on sexual and reproductive health, foster discussion and encouragement of group members interested in providing full-spectrum reproductive health care, provide skills workshops in gynecological and reproductive procedures, and provide resources for students to get involved in advocacy and volunteer work.
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
The mission of the LMSA UMN chapter is to to unite and empower current and future physicians through service, mentorship, and education in order to advocate for the improved health of the Hispanic & Latina/o/x community in the United States. We also hope to create an inclusive and fun Latinx community here at the UMN. We currently are also working on many community projects and have volunteer opportunities. Reach out and join if interested!
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
The UMN chapter of APAMSA's mission is to address issues in medicine and public health important to Asian Pacific American medical students. We combine advocacy, public awareness, community service, community building, and professional development activities to achieve this mission. We also hold fun cultural events and casual hangouts to get to know each other better and foster community. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested, or hop by any one of our many events!
Promoting Recognition of Identity, Dignity, and Equality (PRIDE) in Healthcare
Promoting Recognition of Identity, Dignity, and Equality (PRIDE) in Healthcare aims to: Improve the conditions of healthcare for LGBTQ+ persons, to increase quality and quantity of LGBTQ+ content in medical education, to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ health disparities, and to provide a social forum for LGBTQ+/allied students and professionals in the health sciences.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was founded in 1964 as a sub-division of the National Medical Association (NMA) which recognized the need to give active support to medical students and encourage them in the pursuit of careers as physicians. The goals of SNMA are: 1) To serve as a credible and accurate source of information relevant to minority issues in the field of medical education, 2) To encourage and foster the development of minority faculty in order to increase the presence of minority mentors and biomedical researchers in academic health centers, and 3) To evaluate and cultivate the necessary measures to eradicate practices in the field of health profession education that compromises the goal of providing quality education to minorities and women.
White Coats for Black Lives WC4BL
White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) aims to 1) dismantle racism within medicine through health justice education, community outreach, and anti-racist activism, 2) Create space for students passionate about health and racial justice to be in community with each other and 3) Prioritize interdisciplinary perspectives like sociology and race, gender and sexuality studies in order to advocate for racial justice within medicine.
Black Doctors Association
The primary purposes of BDA are as follows: a) To provide social and professional development forum(s) for underrepresented and Black students b) To provide mentorship to students who identify as underrepresented and/or minorities who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine c) To schedule events within the University and surrounding communities to facilitate relationships, health equity education, and wellness education
Medical Students For Human Life
Contact us to join our email list! The purpose of MSFHL is:
1. To provide support and assistance to medical students who hold that human life is to be respected and protected particularly regarding the state sanctioned taking of innocent human life.
2. To provide formal opportunities for education, service, and discussions about human life-related issues in a medical school setting.
3. To collaborate with local organizations supporting similar efforts in policy, campus discussions and related events.
Catholic Medical Association
Contact us to join our email list!
The purpose of CMA is: 1. To provide support and assistance to Catholic medical students, so that they can grow in their faith and understanding of the principles of the Catholic faith in the course of their education and training.
2. To provide formal opportunities for education, service and worship in a medical school setting.
3. To collaborate with local guilds of the Catholic Medical Association (CMA), in advancing the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine.
South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMoSA)
We are a group of South Asian medical students - and friends! - passionate about bonding over shared cultural experiences and promoting health equity in the South Asian and broader community. We enjoy sharing our heritage with the medical school community through Bollywood movie nights, discussions/panels about stigmatized aspects of South Asian health (e.g., mental health, contraception), and community advocacy work. We are always looking for more event ideas! As a brand new student group (est. May 2022), we are looking for excited MS1s to help shape our vision! Look out for our event emails and the leadership interest form, and contact us with any questions!
Muslim Medical Student Association
Contact us to join our mailing list!
The MD Link is a student-run, non-profit organization at the University of Minnesota (UMN) composed of medical students positioned to support the needs of community organizations that serve vulnerable youth. Our mission is twofold. We strive to make our organization a place where student-mentors are inspired to become leaders and advocates for change within our communities, all while providing vulnerable youth stable role-models in their sometimes unstable lives.
A Helping Hand for the Homeless
A Helping Hand for the Homeless is a student group at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. Our goal is to bring warm clothing to homeless individuals in Minneapolis, Minnesota and to provide resources for them through a variety of means. We are currently working on partnering with homeless shelters in our local area, and our student group meetings will cover the logistics involving the setup of our events. In order to join or participate in A Helping Hand for the Homeless, one can apply through our Google Form, which will soon be live. In the meantime, one can contact the president (email@example.com) to be added to our student group. As a member of our student group, you will learn about the barriers that homeless individuals face as well as how we can support underresourced populations.
- Our office compiled a list of books to read if you're interested in learning more from a variety of perspectives.
- Class of 1966 Fund Project 2020-21: ⚕️Empowerment & Resilience in Medicine: A workshop for BIPOC & Allies
- Fatal Invention Book Club Anti-Racist Reading Summer Program
- MN Anti-Racism Reading Project Resources List
- New England Journal of Medicine resources for race and medicine.
- AAMC RESOURCES
DEI Mentor Leads
Dr. Vivianne Leuche, Peds EM faculty at Masonic and Dr. CuongPham, Med/Peds faculty at CUHCC are the upcoming DEI student mentor Leads with the University of Minnesota Medical school (2023). It's a new position created by the medical school to provide better support and mentorship to med students on the Twin Cities and Duluth campus - who may have submitted a mistreatment report in the learning environment or may have not submitted a report yet but would like support around a difficult situation during their training, related to their identity/intersectionality. They also want to elevate positive interactions in the learning environment so would welcome hearing about these positive and strengthening interactions students would have. Ongoing frameworks to guide this process include restorative justice training for involved faculty mentors and potentially DEI representatives to serve as a liaison between program leadership and students.
Active Affinity Groups
Black Women in Medicine: The Black Women Medical Society is a powerful sisterhood of Black women at the University of Minnesota Medical School. We serve as a healing space that caters to the well-being and mental health of Black women on campus. We are committed to mentoring the next generation of physicians and eliminating healthcare disparities in the Black community. Please contact Dr. Tseganesh Selameab for more information.