Communities

Your DGSOM, your community

You make the DGSOM a welcoming, effective institution we can all be proud of. Your involvement—your voice—strengthens our collective impact, making our community more resilient, more visionary, and more just.

JEDI Communities

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Let us know how we are doing, suggest a new community, or give feedback on an existing one. We want to hear from you as our landscape changes!

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Community Spotlights

Our community is made up of talented leaders who care deeply and work to impact the world for good.

Jordan Daniel

Jordan Daniel, UCLA CTSI

“I’m a citizen of the Kul Wicasa Oyate, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in central South Dakota, providing land acknowledgment during the Fall Gathering. These have been happening a lot more over the last few years to really uplift, recognize, and respect the indigenous peoples. (…) It’s important for everyone to know the true histories of these lands and who actually occupied them first.”

Aileen Arevalo

Aileen Arevalo, class of 2022

“During Cultural Awareness Week, all the affinity groups come together and showcase what they’re working on or what current topics are important to their groups,” explains Aileen Arevalo, a second-year medical student. “We had our annual fundraising event, La Posada, in November. We put the money raised towards a scholarship fund for DACA students.”

Lovelee Brown, MD Group Photo

Lovelee Brown, MD

“I felt it was imperative to choose a program that was open to growth, change and had experience in developing leaders,” says Lovelee Brown, MD. Dr. Brown (pictured second from right) serves as the Internal Medicine Primary Care Chief Resident, the inaugural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Chief Resident, and a founding coordinator for the Road to Residency workshops.

Cultural North Star

The Cultural North Star is a school-wide initiative that embodies who we are and why we are here.

Make Things Better 

Make things better

Do What’s Right

Do what's right

Be Kind

Be Kind

Offering positive recognition is a simple but transformative act. And the research agrees.

Studies have shown that feelings of gratitude activate areas of the brain correlated with moral cognition, rewards and positive emotion. And even better, the more we engage in it, the more we gain from it.

Recognize Someone's Efforts

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