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. At the University of Colorado School of Medicine, we strive to embody a culture of inclusion; working closely with both students and faculty members to facilitate a sense of community, while educating those about the empowerment of Black and African Americans in our society. Our endeavors include improving the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine, ensuring equitable representation for healthcare employees, and ensuring equitable care for our patients.  

group shot of members of LMSA 2021The Latinx Medical Student Association (LMSA) 

The Latino Medical Student Association is a national non-profit organization. Our mission is to unite and empower current and future physicians through service, mentorship, and education to advocate for the improved health of the Latinx community and other marginalized communities in the United States. We envision a world in which improved health outcomes for all patients arise because of:  

  • Increased representation and support of healthcare professionals from backgrounds underrepresented among the medical workforce; 
  • Increased awareness of critical issues affecting the health of the Hispanic, Latina/o/x, and other marginalized communities; and 
  • Increased efforts to reduce disparities in the ways patients of color experience the American healthcare system. 

Although this is primarily a medical student Latinx organization, we welcome students across all identities and disciplines to join our community and be involved. 

For more information feel free to contact us:  
Co-President of LMSA – Jasmin Torres, 
Co-President of LMSA – Lorena Ramírez,   

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. 

Contact us:


MSPA members holding pride flags on the Boettcher Commons lawn on campus The 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 our co-presidents:

group of four standing behind a tableAsian Pacific American Medical Association

APAMSA, founded in 1955, is the nation's largest organization representing Asian Pacific Islander American medical students. It is a student-governed organization that promotes awareness and advocacy affecting the APIA community. The Colorado chapter was initiated in 2018 to bring the minority students on campus together across professional schools as there is a need to unify voices of Asian Pacific Islander students on campus. APAMSA is an inter-professional organization open to all health professional students at CU. The efforts of APAMSA are first, to establish unity and a voice for the minority Asian community on the Anschutz Campus, and second, to bring greater awareness to issues concerning APIA populations around Colorado. Our future plans focus on these two efforts while also providing opportunities to celebrate and share our cultures. 


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:

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

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AMWA is a national organization that was created in 1915 to advance women in medicine, advocate for equity, and ensure excellence in health care. It is comprised of physicians, residents, medical students, pre-medical students, health care professionals, and supporters. In 2019 a chapter was created at CUSOM in order to support this mission on our campus. Our goal is to help foster an environment where women on our campus achieve equity in their profession and are allowed to realize their full potential. We also strive to empower women in our community through service, advocacy, and mentorship. If you are interested in joining our club, please contact one of the leadership team members.

Leadership Team:

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 

Women's History Month slideshow

Women's History Month

In Celebration of Women’s History Month we wanted to highlight just a few of our professor and chairs from various departments.  Check out our video with Words of Wisdom from our esteemed leaders.   

Slide Show

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 support your academic and professional success. We also work to develop a respec​tful, diverse and inclusive environment in the school, across University of Colorado campuses and within the community.

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 →





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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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