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Video December 2, 2022

​Reimagining Health Professions School for Students of Color During COVID-19

Critical conversations among student leaders about their experiences during the pandemic and the disproportionate impact on students of color. Hosted by AMSA and BFA.

Group of students wearing cloth face masks.

About the video

In the wake of COVID-19, life as a student has drastically changed. Many students contracted, cared for, or lost someone due to the virus. While dealing with the terrors of the virus itself, many students were displaced from their campuses and forced to study in unforeseen conditions as the world they once knew unraveled before them. Moreover, students of color were disproportionately impacted as the pandemic revealed pre-existing systematic inequities that produce negative outcomes in their communities. It is evident that many institutions were not prepared to handle the effects of the pandemic. The lack of transparency and delay in resources to alleviate students of these struggles further contribute to the issues that arose during these times. It is time for students to express their thoughts, hold their institutions accountable for needed accommodations, and learn how to advocate for themselves as the upcoming virtual school year approaches. Moreover, students of color were disproportionately impacted as the pandemic revealed pre-existing systematic inequities that produce negative outcomes in their communities. It is evident that many institutions were not prepared to handle the effects of the pandemic. The lack of transparency and delay in resources to alleviate students of these struggles further contribute to the issues that arose during these times. It is time for students to express their thoughts, hold their institutions accountable for needed accommodations, and learn how to advocate for themselves as the upcoming virtual school year approaches. ​

Speakers and Moderators included:

Camila Espinoza, Yale Nursing Student Bernadette Lim, UCSF Medical Student, Co-founder of the Freedom School and Freedom Clinic, Woke Women of Color Docs Podcast Rachel Nation, MPH, Columbia Public Health Student, CUNY School of Medicine Autumn Nobles, Yale Medical Student Ali Bokhari, DO, MPH, National President, American Medical Student Association Jaileessa Casimir, CUNY School of Medicine Student

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