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Community and Diversity

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June 2020


This has been a momentous past few months, between a global pandemic and nationwide protests against anti-racism. Somewhere in the middle, our 4th year students graduated, the school year ended and many students are returning to clinical duties. I urge all of you to spend even just a few moments to check in with yourself, reflect and center your wellness.

The Community & Diversity committee has created an electronic repository to store diversity and anti-racism practices that institutions are already doing in one centralized place. To submit such an initiative, the form is here. This is not limited to OSR representatives, so please forward it to your peers who are involved in any diversity and equity initiatives in curriculum, student affairs or student life. The only way we can learn from one another is if we have a record of what is happening, so I strongly encourage you to help make this repository grow for the benefit of all OSRs.

The committee has also reached out to Dr. Mark Schuster to be the first physician trailblazer of our series. We plan to speak with Dr. Schuster in the coming months about his incredible journey in medicine and share highlights of the conversation with all of you, so stay tuned! If you want to learn more about Dr. Schuster, check out his landmark speech, “On Being Gay in Medicine”:

Please feel free to reach out for everything and anything related to diversity, including helping with one of the ongoing projects, suggesting another project idea, or seeking help in a proposal that you are working on. I am here to listen and offer support in any way I can. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

Ushasi Naha
OSR National Delegate for Community and Diversity
University of Illinois College of Medicine
unaha2@uic.edu

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