The Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health strives to promote a climate that embraces diversity and supports professional development for all students.
Some examples include:
- Coordinating and developing programs and activities for pre-college, undergraduate and health professional students
- Collaborating with undergraduate programs and advisors both locally and nation-wide, pre-health organizations, current students and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s offices of MD Admissions, Student Services and Medical Scientist Training Program; and the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Genetic Counselor Studies, Master of Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Public Health programs
- Offering advising and counseling for School of Medicine and Public Health students, and monitoring academic progress of students in the MD program
The Office of Multicultural Affairs works with numerous School of Medicine and Public Health programs to increase the number of historically underrepresented students in medicine.
- The Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH) program targets undergraduate students at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, UW-Parkside and Spelman College with an interest in practicing medicine in underserved urban or rural areas.
- The Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) works to attract students that represent rural Wisconsin, increasing the number of Native American, Hmong and Spanish speakers who have a strong interest in practicing in a rural setting.
- The Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program focuses on recruiting and training physicians to serve in urban settings.
- Among its missions, the Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP) is focused on enhancing the recruitment of Native students to UW-Madison health professional schools and programs and improving the Native health professional student experience.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is located on the second floor of the Health Sciences Learning Center.
2130 Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53705
Tracy Downs, MD
Associate dean for diversity and multicultural affairs
Manuel Santiago, MS.Ed