School of Medicine Celebrates Culture at Diversity Night 2017
On February 22, 2017, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Student Executive Council along with various student associations hosted the School of Medicine’s first official Diversity Night--an opportunity for the medical school community to join together to foster cultural competency and celebrate freedom of expression. Over 150 students, faculty, staff, and guests were in attendance.
Diversity Night featured performances, panels, music and speeches from the Student National Medical Association, Global Health Club, Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association, OUTmed, Hillel, Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), and Interfaith Committee. Many participants provided appetizers representing different ethnic foods from their culture. The spirit of the evening was set in motion with sharing of religious prayers including a universal prayer of blessing by Interfaith.
Cultural talks and presentations included a testimonial by fourth-year student, Arline Edmond, on the importance of diversity and cultural competency within the clinical experience, along with panel discussions given by Hillel and the LMSA. Students also celebrated diversity of music and movement with Bhangra and African dance performances in addition to a ballad sung by second-year student, Victoria Fort.
Highlighting the event was a special award presented by School of Medicine students to Dean Lawrence G. Smith, MD, MACP, for his continued commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community within the School of Medicine.