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Disheartened Over Recent Acts of Hatred, Racism and Violence

Posted By Cynthia Bell, Tuesday, August 15, 2017

 I am completely disheartened over the acts of hatred, racism and violence that have recently taken place. These events have directly impacted our SNMA and MAPS members at the University of Virginia, and they have been horrific for us across the country to witness. It saddens me that in today’s world, some of us still have not learned the basics of love, tolerance and compassion that are required for growth and moving forward.

These events do not just impact one segment of the country. They impact all of us. As such, the SNMA has always denounced any form of racism, bigotry and violence, and we will continue to hold this stance. We will stand firm in our mission of supporting our current and future underrepresented minority students, addressing the needs of the underserved, and continuing to produce clinically excellent, culturally excellent, and socially conscious physicians. Now, it is more important than ever that we stress the importance of cultural competency, and we will make sure our members continue to develop this in upcoming regional and national conferences.

To our SNMA and MAPS family at the University of Virginia and surrounding institutions, please know that the SNMA stands with you and you are not alone. We encourage all of our chapters to come together to uplift, support and protect one another. Know that every single chapter is here to support you, and that you should never be afraid to reach out to your chapter presidents and regional directors for support during these difficult times.  

 

Yours in SNMA,
Danielle M. Ward, MS
National President, 2017-2018
Student National Medical Association  

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