OSID Resources for Current MCW Students
Student Interest Groups
Medical students with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to become active in student organizations and interest groups that reflect cultural, ethnic, religious and gender diversity.Get Involved
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Several major competitive scholarships are available to students who contribute to the diversity of the student body and have outstanding academic credentials.Apply for Scholarships
The Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Committee is committed to promoting diversity at MCWAH and is here as a resource for residents and fellows.View URM Resources
Ways To Engage
From events to recommended readings, there are a number of ways to self-educate and stay informed about diversity and inclusion efforts, race and racism, and other topics that disproportionately affect marginalized communities.Stay Informed
MCW Student Diversity Campus Organizations and Community Outreach
Medical students with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to become active in student organizations and interest groups that reflect cultural, ethnic, religious and gender diversity. Below are a few that may be of interest to you. For a complete listing of our student organizations and interest groups, please see visit the Student Organizations Interest Groups webpage.
- PAST: Steps to Uplift MKE Black-Owned Businesses
- PAST: A Conversation on Race and Racism
- PAST: Past and Present: Understanding the History of Police and Violence against Black People in the U.S
- PAST: Leveraging Your Platform: Meet Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, Immediate Past Chair, AMA Board of Trustees
- PAST: Which One Are You: Ally or Accomplice? Going Beyond A Performative Role Towards Action
PAST: Steps to Uplift MKE Black-Owned Businesses
As demonstrators around the world rally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, many wonder what actions they can take. Conversations have swirled around increasing individual and corporate support for Black-owned businesses. The speakers will explore ways for MCW to be more intentional in its commitment to Black-owned businesses through the establishment of a partner relationship that is rooted as a sustainable business commitment.
Thursday, August 27 | 6:00-7:00 pm
Speakers: Greg Wesley, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Business Development, MCW; Joanne Sabir, Owner, Shindig Coffee; Ossie C. Kendrix, Jr., President and CEO African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin
PAST: A Conversation on Race and Racism
Students will participate in a virtual educational environment to explore crucial conversations about race. The YWCA Racial Justice team will guide a conversation that explores the following questions: What is race? What is racism? How do ideas of race affect how we see others and ourselves?
This event is sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and MCW/Marquette Alumni Association.
Thursday, July 9 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. Martha Barry, PhD, Racial Justice Director, YWCA
About Martha Barry, PhD:
Martha Barry is a white woman deeply committed to ending racism. She is a racial justice trainer, connector, bridge builder, and dedicated leader. Her 13 years with the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin have allowed her to hone her pursuit of racial justice by building community, creating curriculum addressing racism, and advising nonprofit and business leaders on next steps in their racial equity efforts.
A recording of this session is available online. This recording is password protected. Please email email@example.com to request the password.
PAST: Past and Present: Understanding the History of Police and Violence against Black People in the U.S
The founding and evolution of the police in the United States can be traced to a variety of historical, legal and political-economic conditions. In this session, the speakers will provide historical context on policing in the US including history and evolution of the Police State, systematic violence against black and brown communities and the role of the healthcare community
Thursday, July 16 | 6:00-7:00 pm
Speakers: Jamaal Smith, Manager Office of Violence Prevention, City of Milwaukee Health Department; Dr. Robert Smith, Professor, History Department & Director, Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach, Marquette University
About Jamaal Smith, MPA
Jamaal Smith serves as the Violence Prevention Manager of the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) within the City of Milwaukee’s Health Department. Jamaal manages community engagement, policy advocacy and the implementation of the Blueprint for Peace. He previously served as the the Racial Justice Community Engagement Manager with the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin where he advocated for legislation that supports racial equity for communities of color on a local, state and national level.
About Dr. Robert Smith, PhD
Dr. Robert S. Smith is the Harry G. John Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach at Marquette University. His research and teaching interests include African American history, civil rights history, and exploring the intersections of race and law.
PAST: Leveraging Your Platform: Meet Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, Immediate Past Chair, AMA Board of Trustees
Advocacy is multifaceted whether you're advocating for yourself or on behalf of someone else. It's all about giving people a voice. Dr. Ehrenfeld will share how he leveraged his role as AMA Board Chair to discuss how racism and police violence—especially against marginalized and minoritized communities—negatively impacts health and how the AMA is taking action to advance health equity.
Thursday, July 30 | 6:00-7:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, Director, Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment and senior associate dean, MCW
About Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, FAMIA, FASA
Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld serves as Director of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) and Senior Associate Dean and Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) School of Medicine. Active in the American Medical Association (AMA) since medical school, Dr. Ehrenfeld was elected to the esteemed AMA Board of Trustees in 2014, serving as chair in 2019-2020. Dr. Ehrenfeld has long advocated on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals. In 2016, he was recognized with an Emmy nomination for his work on the New York Times-produced documentary, “Transgender, at War and in Love.."
PAST: Which One Are You: Ally or Accomplice? Going Beyond A Performative Role Towards Action
Explore the intersections of ally and accomplice, privilege, and responsibility. Spend time reflecting on your role and ways you can serve your personal and professional life with more intention.
Thursday, August 20 | 6:00-7:00 pm
Speakers: Pardeep Kaleka, Executive Director, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee; Shary Tran, Director, D&I, Froedtert Health; Kevin Sucher, Executive Director, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee; Corry Joe Biddle, VP of Community Affairs, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce & Executive Director, FUEL Milwaukee
About Pardeep Kaleka
Pardeep Kaleka is the Executive Director of Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Founder of Serve2Unite, Published Author of “The Gifts of Our Wounds,” and Clinician specializing in utilizing a trauma-informed approach to treat survivors and perpetrators of assault, abuse and acts of violence. A native of Punjab, India, Pardeep Singh Kaleka grew up in Milwaukee, WI. As a former Police Officer and Educator in the city of Milwaukee, Pardeep understands some of the difficulties facing our communities locally and abroad. Both in his practice and out, Pardeep's passion remains one of healing and transformation and his hope is to engage communities in building healthy social fabric and communal identity.
About Shary Tran
Shary Tran is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Health System. Her work focuses on workplace and workforce initiatives with the goal of ensuring a quality healthcare experience. Shary specializes in strategic recruitment, diversity education, and development of quality staff for the health system. Before joining Froedtert Health, Shary spent over 15 years working in the field of Diversity and Inclusion for Fortune 500 companies such as Briggs & Stratton and Johnson Controls.
About Kevin Sucher
Milwaukee’s Kevin Sucher is an award-winning entertainment management executive. Sucher worked as a professional musician for several years, teaching himself recording and sound engineering skills that would eventually lead to a pivot from musician to producer. Through producing, Kevin built relationships with artists and influential professionals in the entertainment industry which grew into artist management. Since 2008, he has run his own Milwaukee-based management, production and consulting agency, Sucher Entertainment, working on behalf of global artists such as Eric Benét, David Foster and The Tenors. Kevin has made a career of working with artists from significantly different backgrounds with a focused mission of bringing people together to create a place of belonging. Sucher has over twenty years of leadership and business experience in the entertainment industry and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.
About Corry Joe Biddle
Corry Joe serves as the Vice President of Community Affairs for the MMAC, promoting the association’s mission to improve metro Milwaukee as a place to invest capital, grow business and create jobs. She is also the Executive Director of FUEL Milwaukee, the MMAC’s talent attraction and retention organization serving young professionals. She is responsible for the oversight and development of programs, services, and events benefiting FUEL’s members and corporate sponsors. She’s also involved in the development of MMAC’s workplace talent initiative, “Making Milwaukee a Region of Choice for Diverse Talent,” which seeks to increase the numbers of African American and Latino/Hispanic professionals in leadership roles.Formerly the executive director of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, Corrie Joe offers a unique perspective on the relationship between diversity, economic development, and community engagement.