By Kimrey Van Perre
My friends have been called “courageous” for sharing their plight as undocumented students with the US Congress. They have been called “DREAMers” due to the Dream Act that has been repeatedly introduced in Congress but never passed. I call them “selfless” and “unrelenting” in their commitment to the medically underserved despite their uncertain legal status.
I am a 3rd year medical student at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM). I am not a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) student. I was born a US citizen. But many of my friends at SSOM are DACA students. Their families, like mine generations ago, immigrated to this country. They wanted their children to have opportunities and to grow up in a safe and stable country…
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By Audrey Hertenstein
We shuffled through the metal detector and were directed to stand with our backs against a wall – the final step in an hour long process to enter the Florence, AZ Detention Center to visit with detainees the organization Mariposas sin Fronteras had been communicating with to offer assistances such as letters of community support and a friendly voice to reach out to. The guards ushered me and the other Loyola students through several locked doors and into a visitation room where we were only allowed one hour to meet, rules which seemed much too strict for a person whose only crime had been seeking asylum within our borders…
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With the holidays upon us, we are taking this opportunity to showcase a few excellent posts from the year gone by. We invite you to check out these highly popular posts.
Darrell G. Kirch, MD, “Educating for Resilience and Humanism in an Uncertain Time.”
Hedy Wald, PhD, “Becoming Zusha: Reflecting on Potential in Medical Education and Practice.”
Sunny Nakae, PhD, “Presence and Vulnerability in Medical Education.”
By Mark Kuczewski
University and college administrations have shown laudable leadership since the election in offering support to their students who feel under threat. The strongest and most explicit statements have been in regard to undocumented students who have benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As the almost 800,000 persons of DACA status could be sent back “into the shadows” by the next president, numerous universities have made statements elaborating the steps they will take to protect these students and supply them with legal and social support services. [1,2]
Furthermore, many other students including persons of color and students from the Muslim and Jewish faith traditions also are encountering increased interpersonal hostility and they fear potential discriminatory policies such as the rumored “Muslim registry.” As a result, many universities and colleges have done a variety of things to support them including offering discussion forums and creating “safe spaces” where students can express their concerns without debate. But many educators wish to know what they personally can do to help. Let me offer a few suggestions…
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By Duncan Maru
“Non-violence is the highest spirituality” Mahavir, Jain Spiritual Leader
“Lord, make me an instrument of your Peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love.” St. Francis of Assisi
As a physician, it is my calling to heal. Healing goes far deeper than knowing the right science and prescribing the right medication. It involves a deep and uncompromising feeling of compassion and love towards our patients.
How might a clinician think about the results of last week? President-elect Trump rose to power with a rhetoric of hate, division, and otherness. Our country suffers deep income inequality and lack of opportunity. Our citizens suffer from the concentration of power and wealth and the resulting lack of education and opportunity. Mr. Trump understood people’s anger and channeled it towards hate. Yet hate is incapable of solving problems. Believing this election was a referendum on America overcoming hate and fear, my family and I had supported and campaigned for Secretary Clinton…
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By Jacob Begres and Orlando Sola
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
The history of the United States is defined by waves of immigration, starting first with English religious migrants and moving through migration from Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Though we have seen periods of migration from a variety of cultures and ethnicities, the Latino experience has been particularly entwined in our country’s history and reaches back to the very founding of the nation, when lands inhabited by Spanish-speaking communities were integrated into the new American social fabric. Despite this long history of Latino migration, however, the history of discourse surrounding Latino economic and political migrants has been fraught with bigotry and historical myopia from its political leaders. We need look no further than our own presidential election to find examples…
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A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
This poem is metaphorically from the cutting room floor, meaning that it was cut from the original manuscript for my novel-in-verse, Under the Mesquite. My editor at Lee & Low Books, Emily Hazel, and I both agreed that given the nature of the manuscript, our intended audience, and the gentle treatment of the cancer in the rest of the narrative, this poem was too complex and a bit too graphic to be included in the final draft. To this day “POPOCATEPETL AND IZTACCIHUATL” remains one of my most beloved poems. I share it with you as an ofrenda, a humble offering, in gratitude for the wonderful reception, support, and warmth bestowed upon me during my author visit to the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine on October 25, 2016. I hope you enjoy it.
All my best,
Guadalupe Garcia McCallRead More »