Student and Resident Groups

group shot of First UpFirst Up- @CUSOMFirstUP  

The mission of First Up is to promote the wellbeing and achievement of first-generation students at CUSOM. We seek to foster a community of students with shared experiences and a passion for healthcare. This becomes the basis for mutual support and creates a sense of belonging within the School of Medicine.  Our program embraces physician mentorship that values early, active, and one-on-one outreach to disadvantaged or underrepresented first-generation students. In addition, we host panels, workshops, and lectures that anticipate questions mentees might not think to ask and empower participants to have a voice in programming needs. We aim to provide an additional foundational layer of support for first-generation health sciences students by providing programming, knowledge, and skills that assist in eliminating barriers to success for students while in medical school and after graduation. We created these videos from the student perspective and the faculty perspective to help explain our role in supporting first-year, first-generation students.. 
If you’d like more information you can contact us at:

group shot of WC4BL outside the front of Fitzsimons BuildingWhite Coats 4 Black Lives (WC4BL) 

White Coats for Black Lives is a national organization that works to dismantle racism in medicine and promote the health, well-being, and self-determination of Black and indigenous people, and other people of color.

Group shot of LMSAThe Latinx Medical Student Association (LMSA) 

The Latinx Medical Student Association is a national organization, although our chapter here at CU Anschutz is fairly young. We are a group of leaders joined by the common goals of representing, welcoming, and unifying underrepresented students at the Anschutz campus. The goal of this organization is to create a community in which we uplift and support the interests of students identifying as underrepresented in medicine by providing career exploration, community engagement, networking and service learning.  Although this primarily a medical student Latinx organization, we welcome students across all identities and disciplines to join our community and be involved. 
If you would like to learn more about our chapter and ways to be involved, please feel free to contact us: 

Group shot of SNMAStudent National Medical Association @CUSOMSNMA 

Student National Medical Association is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.   
SNMA chapters are based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the nation. Some colleges, implement our programs and activities locally. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school. 


MSPA members holding pride flags on the Boettcher Commons lawn on campusThe Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA)

The Medical Student Pride Alliance is an activist and social organization committed to empowering sexual and gender minority medical students and allies, increasing the number of physicians trained in LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare, and addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ+ communities through research, advocacy, and service.

If you would like to learn more, please contact us:

Group shot of MARCThe Minority and Allied Resident Council (MARC)

The Minority and Allied Residency Council was founded to create a space to connect minorities and allies to each other across specialties and hospitals, to grow a community for support and healing, and to craft a collective voice for minority residents on our campuses. It exists within the CU School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion and through the support of the CU Alumni office. In addition to community building, we are committed to enabling mentorship from minority faculty, scholarship in diversity, minority patient outreach and recruitment of diverse and inclusive candidates to CU. We are always looking for leaders and allies to join our mission. Please consider joining our council by signing up here:, or contacting:



blackwood medical schoolBlack History Month

The CU School of Medicine gradated the first African American student in 1947, more than four decades after the school was founded. Dr. Charles J. Blackwood became a community leader in Colorado.  

Read the profile 

flag-2018Something Queer 2018

Members of the CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campus community convened at the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities for Something Queer, the third annual back-to-school gatehring of LGBTQ faculty, staff and allies.  

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Diversity event photo with three womenThe Office of Diversity & Inclusion

The School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion is here to connect you with services and departments throughout the university system and in the community that will assist and support your academic and professional success. We also work to develop a respec​tful, diverse and inclusive environment in the School of Medicine, across the University of Colorado campuses and with the community at large.

About Us

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The school offers five tracks of study for medical students with special interests: Global, Rural, and Research.  
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Additional Student Groups

Students interested in activities that compliment their medical school training can join medical interest groups and community-min​ded organizations on campus.  
Student Groups →





Helpful Links

Learn about our pipeline programs, curriculum, financial aid and other resources on the Anschutz Medical Campus. 

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Contact Us

Shanta Zimmer, MD,
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Office Phone: 303-724-9317
Office Room: Fitzsimons Building, N1219E

Christy Angerhofer
Diversity and Inclusion Professional
BA/BS-MD Program Coordinator
Phone: (303) 724-3466

Diversity and Inclusion Fax: 303-724-6409

CU School of Medicine
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Anschutz Medical Campus Box C292
13001 East 17th Place, Fitzsimons Building
Aurora, CO  80045

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