My wife, Linda, and I were honored to attend the Student National Medical Association- UC Davis (SNMA) 5th Annual Candlelight Dinner on Feb. 10, 2012, and to celebrate “Mentorship Building Community.” Our Black and African American students hosted an evening for well over 100 attendees from several schools and backgrounds such as nursing and the Graduate School of Management — another example of interprofessional cohesiveness at UC Davis. We have out grown the MIND Institute auditorium!
George Porter SMSgt, US Air Force (ret), one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, gave an impassioned talk on the importance of education and mentorship as foundations to building our communities. Accompanied by Walter Suggs, a Vietnam Veteran and Chapter President of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., we were reminded that mentorship builds generations of strength. Stay tuned at this blog to hear about the UC Davis School of Health Mentorship Academy as an example of mentorship building community.
Emotions and spirituality ran high all evening as we also heard from Terry Moore, truly an electrifying performer/poet, and Dr. Karen Hart, the keynote speaker. The students honored our own Felicia Miller, School of Medicine Outreach Officer, who collaborates with high schools on programs that guide disadvantaged and under-represented students towards careers in medicine.
The SNMA needs our support as do all of our student organizations that strengthen the fabric of our community.
Thank you, Dr. Latimore, Kevin, Leon, Alexis, Monique, MC Tracy Burns, the staff and undergraduates who did all the heavy lifting, and the Imani clinic for supporting our valued friends in the Oak Park neighborhood, to call out just a few of the stars of the night.