We are closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and its impact on our community and programming. We have moved all of programming online through the 2020-2021 academic year and will continue to reevaluate all future programming and events as more information and guidance becomes available. Our hearts are with our health workforce and all individuals and families affected by the disease.
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The MIMS Team
Like many of you, we have been outraged and incensed by the recent murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Tony McDade. It has been hard to put into words how weary we are of the systemic racism that permeates all aspects of our society. It is not lost on us, that amidst a global pandemic that is disproportionately affecting black and brown communities, that people are taking to the streets, risking their health and their lives, to stand up against systemic racism.
As an organization started by a black woman, a black mother, we stand with all of you in calling for radical and lasting change to our broken systems that are ravaging our communities and quite literally killing us. We ask that you safely lift up the societal barriers that have led us to where we are. Please use a face covering when you are out, and practice social distancing. If you join a protest, consider a peaceful protest that allows you to stay in your car or keep six feet away from your neighbor. With a mission to diversify the health workforce and infuse change, we are encouraged by seeing so many of you speak out in these past few weeks. We are equally encouraged by seeing all of your photos of graduations from health professional school, college, graduate, and high school. We know that we must be the change. We see you, we hear you, we love you and we stand with you. #blacklivesmatter
Despite all that is going on, we are incredibly heartened and inspired by the class of 2020 and their incredible resilience. We hope that you will consider sharing your photos from your graduation celebrations. MIMS would love to celebrate you!
Nelly Gonzalez, MD
Cynthia Gallegos, MSN-FNP
Dr. Estell Williams
MIMS is proud to showcase the accomplishments of our alum, Dr. Williams', who is currently Chief Resident of General Surgery at UW School of Medicine. Dr. Williams' story is exemplary and MIMS couldn't be more excited to see what her career holds in the future. Thank you Dr. Williams' for paving a way for Oakland youth and people of color seeking to enter the medical field. Check out more of Dr. WIlliams' story below!