Student Interest Groups

Get Involved in Diverse Student Interest Groups

To ensure that OHSU recruits and retains diverse students, faculty and staff, efforts must be intentional and focused. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion works with OHSU schools, academic programs and units to provide support for all students. OHSU is home to local chapters of distinguished national student organizations and other diverse student interest groups. Here's a quick list of campus groups.

The mission of the Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science (AVDS) is to increase visible diversity within graduate programs at OHSU. The group focuses on recruiting, retaining and supporting graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and faculty members from underrepresented backgrounds.

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) is an organization of Asian and Pacific Islander medical students committed to raising awareness of health challenges in Asian and Pacific Islander communities through education, outreach, advocacy, and service. The group is interested in both directly promoting the health and well-being of our communities as well as helping current and future health care workers who work with these populations to understand how to care for patients in a culturally-sensitive manner.

2020-2021 APAMSA Officers

This is a student organization representing Native American graduate health professions students throughout the US and Canada. The goals of ANAMS include providing support and a resource network for all Native Americans currently enrolled in various allied health professions schools.  Members strive to increase the number of Native American students in medicine and other health professions.


The group was formed to promote the improvement of Spanish speaking skills to current dental students in order to best provide treatment and understanding to our Hispanic population at OHSU School of Dentistry. The group also provides opportunities for community outreach in local predominantly Spanish-speaking schools.

2019-2020 HSDA Officers

Mission statement

The mission of the Immigrant Community at OHSU is to foster common ground, regardless of background, where members can listen to and share origin stories, find new ways to connect to their culture and minimize the hours of the day that we feel “othered”. IC at OHSU is open to students, residents, attendings, employees, and allies. IC at OHSU is an environment where immigrants and first-generation immigrants can come together to find community, solidarity, and intersectionality. IC at OHSU strives to expand the resources available to the OHSU community to help foster a sense of belonging to all members of many different ethnic backgrounds.

Eni Nako (, Co-President

Johanna Wilson (, Co-President

The Jewish Student Association is an organization dedicated to celebrating Jewish culture and spreading awareness of Jewish tradition throughout OHSU's student population. The mission is to create a space for students of Jewish background and interested OHSU community members to gather and observe traditions together.

2020-2021 Jewish Student Association Officers

The mission of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is to recruit and support future healthcare professionals who strive to improve the access and delivery of healthcare to Latinos and medically under-served populations, by forming sustainable relationships with our local community and increasing diversity within the healthcare education system.

2020-2021 LMSA Officers

The Middle Eastern and South Asian Association (MESAA) allows students across all OHSU healthcare programs and ethnic backgrounds to gain exposure to the cultures of the Middle East and South Asia. MESAA is committed to promoting cultural competency and networking as a platform for career development in healthcare. Opportunities to spread awareness of diversity include social, educational and community service events.

2020-2021 MESAA Officers

The group strives to create a supportive and inclusive community for Muslim students and provide educational experiences to strengthen our own faith. Members seek to engage the entire campus community and empower Muslim students to develop leadership skills by representing the faith on campus. It is open to students, residents and staff. Activities include Friday prayers, holiday celebrations, lectures and community service.


The Student Diversity Committee aims to serve as an umbrella organization among all of the schools to help promote diversity in student and academic life. The committee is made up of students who are interested in broadening our understanding of diversity in order to become better health care professionals and researchers. Students aim to serve and foster a more inclusive environment and a tighter knit community within OHSU. For more information, email

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is a national student-led organization that was founded in 1964 as a subdivision of the National Medical Association. The SNMA has been dedicated to "ensuring medical education services are culturally sensitive as well as increasing the number of minority students entering and completing medical school." SNMA accomplishes its missions and goals by focusing on three core areas: community outreach, pipe-line programs and medical education.

2020-2021 SNMA Officers
  • Daniel Tshala President & Regional Research Liaison
  • Christopher Ponce, Treasurer
  • Bettie Kareko, Pre-Medical Outreach and Coordination
  • Trisha Chau, Community Outreach & Region 1 Political Action Liaison
  • Mai Le , Community Outreach & Region 1 Secretary
  • Bettie Kareko Pre-Medical Outreach & Coordinator
  • Shane Hervey Region 1 MAPS Liaison
  • Jasmine Curry Secretary ​​​​​​​

The group's mission is to provide safe, validating and inclusive health care and working environments at OHSU through education and advocacy.  Students for LGBTQ Health implements educational trainings, participates in community volunteer events and holds social gatherings and visibility campaigns. This group welcomes current and future health care professionals, gender and sexual minorities and allies.

2019-2020 Students for LGBTQ Health Officers