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Affinity Groups - Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion


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An affinity group is a designated “safe space” where everyone in that group shares a particular identity or common purpose. The affinity can be based on race, gender, sexual orientation, language, nationality, physical/mental ability, socio-economic class, family structure, religion, interests, hobbies, etc. Affinity groups are a place for underrepresented people in a community to come together to feel less isolated and more connected.  They provide opportunities for professional development and networking, fostering community support and respect, engagement in recruiting and retention efforts, and broadening cultural awareness.  (www.diversity.pitt.edu)

The Tulane SOM encourages students to form or join the School's already active student affinity groups, including:

S.L.A.M. Coalition

The S.L.A.M. Coalition is a coalition of student-led organizations representing marginalized and URiM populations and advocating for racial, economic, and gender equity at Tulane University School of Medicine. S.L.A.M. is composed of the Student National Medical Association, Latin American Medical Student Association, Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association, and Medical Student Pride Alliance. In promoting inclusivity and equality regardless of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, or sexual identity, S.L.A.M. collectively collaborates with the School of Medicine to develop policies and curriculum changes, which promote inclusionary practices, culturally sensitive medical education, and the development of culturally humble physicians. In 2020, the group sponsored a 6-part webinar series entitled, “Addressing the Racism Epidemic,” with lectures and presentations by members of the Tulane faculty who are subject matter experts in the areas of racial disparities and social determinants of health.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. TUSOM SNMA creates programs and opportunities for minority students at Tulane to be empowered, encouraged and mentored through their journey in medical school.

Latin American Medical Student Association (LAMSA)

LMSA’s mission is to unite Tulane medical students and connect them with the resources to discover and address the needs of the Latin-American community, and to meet those needs through service activities.

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

APAMSA (Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association) is a national organization that brings students together that are involved in the unique health issues of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the United States. We are focused on promoting the health and well-being of these communities. At our local Tulane chapter, we are taking the initiative by interacting with the large Vietnamese population here in New Orleans. We hold several events throughout the year including health screenings, bone marrow drives, and mentoring for minority college students interested in medicine. In addition, we strive to illuminate the collective Asian American experience by holding events that serve as space for discussion, such as: lunch talks, API match panels, and more.

Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA)

We are MSPA, the Medical Student Pride Alliance at Tulane University School of Medicine (formerly known as TOGA, the Tulane Organization for Gays and Allies).  Our group is here to bring together Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender/Transsexual, Bisexual, Allied/Asexual, Gay/Genderqueer (QUILTBAG) individuals in the school of medicine. We have monthly meetings to gather and discuss LGBTQ health issues, organize outreach events in the community, bring in guest speakers to discuss a wide array of issues, and have occasional parties to let loose. Check out our activity section to see what we are up to, and reach out if you have any questions! We’d love to hear from any and all!