Your DGSOM, Your Community

A group of BIPOC MD Students posing for the camera

At the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, national and regional organizations bring together medical students, residents, faculty, and mentors to advocate for improved awareness, health access, and research for many causes and foundations.

Black Men in White Coats

Black Men in White Coats

DGSOM's newest student organization focused increasing the number of black men in the field of medicine by exposure, inspiration and mentoring.

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Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

Promoting the advancement of Latinx students, patients, and community members throughout greater Los Angeles.


APA Medical Student Association

Committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities.


JEDI-Affiliated Communities

Community of Mentorship

First Gen Celebration

First Gen at DGSOM

Students who identify as "First Gen" can connect with other DGSOM students, residents, fellows, faculty, and alumni who are proudly first gen themselves.

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Mentor and mentee

Find A Mentor

Learn of future networking opportunities and help build our database of potential mentor/mentee connections by completing the survey below.

Find a Mentor

Student Leadership

JEDI Class Representatives

Each DGSOM class has three Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Class Representatives who collect data on their classes’ well-being, culture, and learning environment. Our amazing representatives meet monthly with the JEDI Assistant Deans who help address many issues and get advice from their peers.

  • Daniel Carrera
  • Aishwarya Karlapudi
  • Arya Aliabadi

  • Baba Adejuyigbe
  • Colin Wang
  • Samuel Hulbert

  • Bryan Sanchez
  • Elizza Villarruel
  • Micheal Freddy

  • Ali Jaafar Haidar
  • Lynn Nguyen
  • Nadir Noor Adra


FUnding for Events

Funding is available for DGSOM student organization events that focus on equity and diversity inclusion for all DGSOM students, in particular URiM students. Complete the funding request four weeks prior to your event.

Request Funding

JEDI/ARR Student Conference Funding Request

Who may submit funding request: Students of all years who have had an abstract and/or paper related to equity, diversity and inclusion or anti-racism efforts in the medical education space that has been accepted by a national or regional conference for a workshop, poster or oral presentation. 

JEDI/ARR Student Conference Funding Request

The Center for Accessible Education will work closely with you to identify reasonable accommodations for your time as a DGSOM student.


Contact Information

Grace Clifford, Director of Disability Services for DGSOM

Committee on Learning Environment Oversight (CLEO)

The Committee on Learning Environment Oversight (CLEO) is responsible for the review of student concerns regarding the learning environment and the development of action plans in response to episodes of alleged medical student mistreatment to prevent future occurrences.

Community Events