Multicultural Affairs

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  • Student Services

    The Division of Multicultural Affairs has an over 30-year history of being committed to students’ success. We believe that being admitted to health professions school is only the first step; graduation is the goal. We offer the following services to assist students in reaching their goals. Some of our services include:

    • Examination and Board Preparation Materials - We provide additional materials to help students prepare for STEP exams, pre-admission exams, including, Q-bank, MCAT, DAT, Nelson Denny Reading Exam, ACT workshops, and study skill workshops.
    • Mentoring Program - We offer a formal mentoring program where students are paired with a UMMC faculty member to guide them through their health professions school experience. Students who are informed and feel connected tend to perform better and are generally motivated. Also, each incoming student meets with the Associate Vice-Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs for a one -on-one lunch meeting during the fall of the year.
    • Counseling Services - A licensed psychologist is available as needed to assist students in their transition to the rigors of health professions training.
    • Resources Library - Conducive for group study and available anytime. There is also a computer room available and laptops can be loaned.
    • Scholarship/Summer Internship Information - The Division of MCA serves as a clearinghouse for valuable information. Information is made available to students via postings within the division.

    Division provides support to the following student affinity groups on campus:

    Multicultural Student Health Care Association (MSHCA) was organized to represent the needs of all students from all disciplines here at UMMC. It was designed to give students from each of the schools an opportunity to share their cultural experiences and explore differences in a significant way as well as to give them a meaningful voice in the productivity and advancement of their school and to serve their community. It is intended to serve as a forum by which all students at the Medical Center can assemble and address common issues and engage in both academic and social activities of common interest.

    Student National Dental Association (SNDA) originated from concerned dental students at Meharry Medical College in 1970. Since then, its numbers have grown tremendously. Of the 21,000 dental students in dental schools across America, the SNDA has grown to approximately 1,100 under-represented dental student members with African-American, Hispanic and Native backgrounds. Since 1970, SNDA has become an integral diverse student and dental health clinicians association, with the ultimate goal of improving the health manpower distribution among the under-represented/under-served population as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services.

    Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is an organization founded in 1964 by students at Howard University School of Medicine and at Meharry Medical College. The students recognized the need for more and better care in the under-represented minority and indigent communities. SNMA has grown now to include 10 regions, which include over 135 chapters. SNMA provides support for minority medical students and aids students in extending services to surrounding communities.