Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

MSA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Mission and Values

Diversity is central to the mission of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in meeting the health needs of the people of Wisconsin and beyond through excellence in education, research, patient care and service. We strive to become a unified body of people demonstrating consciousness of equity, justice, and beneficence to our colleagues, patients, and all.

Our Promise

We uphold our promise of:

  • Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Engage School of Medicine and Public Health leadership in diversity and inclusion through professional development and communication

  • Improve the coordination and communication of school and campus diversity planning and action including within the curriculum and student bodies


We coordinate and collaborate with the following organizations ensuring all voices are represented:

    • Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)

    • Medical Students for Minority Concerns (MSMC)

    • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

    • Native American Center For Health Professions (NACFH)

    • Asian Pacific American Student Association (APAMSA)

    • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

Strategies and Ongoing Projects

We would like to highlight the projects we are currently sponsoring:

  • MSA Diversity Grant: Promotion and support of student-led events that are align with our mission and values.

Student Representatives

  • M2: Olivia Chao

  • M3: Liana Dawson

  • M4: Meghan Murphy-Belcaster

Medical Student for Minority Concerns

Who we are

Medical Students for Minority Concerns (MSMC) is dedicated to introducing medical students to the experiences of physicians and patients from minority backgrounds, advocating for the concerns of minority students to promote a more inclusive environment in the medical school, and providing opportunities for medical students to learn more about the challenges faced by minority populations in Madison.

Affiliated Organizations

Housed within MSMC are the following organizations:

  • Asian Pacific American Student Medical Association (APAMSA)

  • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

  • Promoting Recognition of Identity, Dignity, and Equity (PRIDE) in Healthcare

  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Activities and Projects

MSMC additionally coordinates admission and recruitment activities, such as interview day breakfasts and Extended Second Look weekend for admitted students and outreach events for high school students and undergraduates to connect community members across the state of Wisconsin to UWSMPH.

Student Representatives

  • M1: Stephanie Pham, Rodrigo De La Torre, Davin Hami, Alejandra Torres Diaz, Milada Vannarath

  • M2: Julia Alberth, Felissa Hong

  • M3: Cat Phouybanhdyt, Jalin Roberson

Health Equity Activation Team (HEAT)

Who we are

Our role is to create and implement a health equity lens for the ForWard curriculum. The HEAT is responsible for evaluating the curriculum from a health equity perspective, then work with Block Leaders and administration to ensure health equity is represented appropriately in the curriculum and learning environment.

Student Representatives

  • M1: Simarpreet Kaur, Santanna Patterson

  • M2: Carlos Torres, Hannah Ray

Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)

Who we are

The Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health strives to promote a climate that embraces diversity and supports professional development for all students.

What we do

Some examples include:

  • Coordinating and developing programs and activities for pre-college, undergraduate and health professional students

  • Collaborating with undergraduate programs and advisors both locally and nation-wide, pre-health organizations, current students and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s offices of MD Admissions, Student Services and Medical Scientist Training Program; and the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Genetic Counselor Studies, Master of Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Public Health programs

  • Offering advising and counseling for School of Medicine and Public Health students, and monitoring academic progress of students in the MD program

The Office of Multicultural Affairs works with numerous School of Medicine and Public Health programs to increase the number of historically underrepresented students in medicine.

Our Affiliates

  • Native American Center for Health Professions (NACPH)

  • Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE)

  • Wisconsin Partnership Program

Feedback and Concern

Curricular and Student Body

If you have any feedback about the general student body or the curriculum please fill out the form below:

  • Pending

Mistreatment and Discrimination

Here and UW-SMPH and MSA we do not advocate and tolerate any discrimination of any from as well as any mistreatment from student and faculty alike.

If you have concerns regarding discrimination or mistreatment please fill the form out below:

  • Pending