#DefendDACA and our Immigrant Communities

On September 5th, 2017 | Comments Off on #DefendDACA and our Immigrant Communities

Dear LMSA Family,
Our fellow immigrant brothers, sisters, and families, are under threat again. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton along with attorney general from various other states sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the current administration calling for the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by September 5thLMSA West is committed to fighting for the safety and stay of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in our country.
Below are some resources and things you can do to protect our families:

As we fight to protect DACA, we must not forget that there are many immigrants who are not protected under DACA who also need our support.

If you are an undocumented pre-health or health professional student, we want to hear from you! Please email us your story and a picture to be featured in our newsletter and LMSA West Facebook page. We can also feature your story anonymously. 
If you are interested in doing more policy work with LMSA West, join our Google Group.
In solidarity,
2017-2018 LMSA West Co-VPs of Policy
Marcela Zhou Huang vp_policy@lmsa.net
Web: lmsa.net/west   |   Facebook: facebook.com/LMSA.West    |   Twitter: twitter.com/lmsa_west

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LMSA-West Statement on Charlottesville Attack and Recent Events

On August 24th, 2017 | Comments Off on LMSA-West Statement on Charlottesville Attack and Recent Events

We, the students of the Latino Medical Student Association West Region are distraught by the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. Organized members of White supremacist groups, Neo-Nazis, and KKK members protested the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. They gathered with the intent to intimidate and instill fear in the hearts of anyone they deemed different or unworthy. With the use of torches, batons, rifles, Nazi salutes, xenophobic slurs, and hateful rhetoric these groups inflicted direct harm and severe trauma to the Charlottesville community and the country. We mourn the death of Heather Heyer, the young advocate who was killed when an individual fueled by hate and extremism used his vehicle as a weapon to drive into peaceful counter-protesters. We grieve with her loved ones and stand in solidarity with the targeted communities of Charlottesville. We grieve for our country.

As the students of the Latino Medical Student Association, we are committed to serving, not only our own Latinx community, but all communities, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, or immigration status. As training physicians, we have a responsibility to speak out against the racism and hatred of the white supremacist groups that caused harm and loss of life. Racism, white supremacy, and xenophobia are acute and chronic threats to the lives of all our patients and our community members. As members of the Latinx community, we stand in solidarity with our Black, Muslim, Jewish, LGBTQ+, immigrant communities, and any other neighbors targeted by intolerance and hate. We stand together, committed to diversity, tolerance, love, and respect. Following Cesar Chavez’s call to action, we vow to “cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes our community – and our nation.”


The LMSA-West Executive Board

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NHHF Scholarship – Application Due 10/06/17

On August 7th, 2017 | Comments Off on NHHF Scholarship – Application Due 10/06/17

National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship 2017Apply Here

“The National Hispanic Health Foundation, affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, will award 26 scholarships to graduate students in dental, medical, nursing, pharmacy, policy, and public health, who exhibit exceptional academic performance, documented leadership activities, and have a commitment to a career providing healthcare services to the Hispanic community in the US. The scholarships will be presented to awardees at the Tenth Annual California Scholarship Gala in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 or the 14th Annual New York Scholarship Gala in New York City on Thursday, November 30th, 2017.”

For more information please visit: https://form.jotform.us/71444360054146

or contact scholarship@nhmafoundation.org

Best of luck on your applications!

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Join us for the 2017 LMSA Policy Summit on October 20th – 22nd in Washington, DC

On July 12th, 2017 | Comments Off on Join us for the 2017 LMSA Policy Summit on October 20th – 22nd in Washington, DC

Hola familia,

Please join us in October for our 4th Annual LMSA Policy Summit in Washington D.C. If you are planning on submitting a resolution, the deadline to do so is August 1st, 2017.

For more information and news from last year’s summit, please check out lmsa.net/policy.


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Partnerships: Get on the Bus! Campaign

On May 5th, 2017 | Comments Off on Partnerships: Get on the Bus! Campaign

Hola LMSA familia!

Thank you to everyone who worked diligently on the Get on the Bus! campaign and made it a huge success!

In collaboration with MiMentor and AltaMed, we were able to have 132 URM students representing 39 different colleges participate in and attend the LMSA West Conference at UCSF.

To see more information, please click on the pdf below!

AltaMed LMSA MiMentor Get on the Bus 2017

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