I hope everyone has survived -- and thrived -- this winter, whether that was during pre-clinical classes, dedicated study, clinical rotations or interview season. The community & diversity committee has been working on a number of projects. We conducted a survey looking at academic support services available to students, especially URM and first-generation students. We are also looking into how to identify trailblazers who can act as a type of mentor for those who break the mold in their field or specialty.
We will start highlighting diversity initiatives submitted by students to our repository. We hope that students will not only be motivated to adapt these projects at their schools, but also submit their own proposals to the repository. Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your committee delegate if you are interested in contributing. As a reminder, the repository includes projects related to diversity & inclusion started by any students, not only OSRs.
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. We are always happy to hear from you.
Best of luck with the rest of the academic year!
OSR National Delegate for Community and Diversity
University of Illinois College of Medicine