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STEM, Stereotypes, and Role Models

In 2018-19, Geisel medical students Shuaibu “Sha” Ali ’21, Kenny Williams ’21, Laura Herrera Gomez ’21, and Carlos Aramayo ’21 led a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program for local high school students from Hartford, Vermont, and Lebanon, New Hampshire. They quickly realized that their gatherings offered a rich opportunity to discuss issues of race, poverty, and other socioeconomic factors that affect the health of individuals and communities. Through their leadership, the medical students also served as positive role models for the teenagers, especially for the teens of color in this largely white, rural region. Read more about the STEM program here. You can support students like Sha, Kenny, Laura, and Carlos and learn more about Geisel’s vision for Educating Complete Physicians.

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