We stand against the recent decision from the Trump Administration to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) without any viable solution for undocumented communities. This decision goes against our core values to advance diversity, inclusion and equity. We are very concerned about the 70 DACA medical students, thousands of aspiring healthcare professionals, hundreds of health professions applicants, and millions of individuals who are deeply impacted by short-sighted immigration policies.
MiMentor was founded to provide pre-health, health professions students, and health professionals with a mentoring community to enhance diversity in the healthcare workforce throughout the country. We use our community of over 3000 pre-health and health professionals to advocate for our undocumented students and mentees seriously. Our mentoring programming is designed to make health careers accessible to students from UIM backgrounds. Not allowing undocumented aspiring health professionals to train and practice medicine will have irreversible and persistent consequences to our communities.
We ask that you to stand with us and support undocumented students by:
*Providing transparency in admissions and selection practices for undocumented students, residents and fellows with and without DACA by posting on your website that they are welcome to apply;
*Developing a supportive environment for undocumented communities and increase awareness of the impact of immigration policies on learners, trainees, their patients and their community;
*Providing financial resources for undocumented students and increase scholarship funding opportunities;
*Providing legal supports for undocumented students and trainees;
*Advocating on behalf of current and aspiring undocumented medical students, residents and fellows and;
*Advocating for medical students and residents applying to residency and fellowship training programs
As Alliance in Mentorship and MiMentor leaders, we urge you to help us ensure the success and wellbeing of current DACA medical students and to give current undocumented student applicants a fair consideration.
1. Yadira Bribiesca, Pre-Health Student, UCLA2. Antonio Becerra, Administration 3. Aldana Garcia, Pre-Health Student, UCLA 4. Bryan Rangel-Alvarez, Pre-Health Student 5. Mauricio Franco, MS, Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine 6. Dr. Efrain Talamantes, Faculty, UC Davis School of Medicine7. Jade Regalado, Pre-Health Student, UC Berkeley 8. Adriana Mora, Pre-Health Student 9. Sonia Mendoza, Pre-Health Student, Central Valley Health Policy Institute10. Diego Gonzalez, MD, David Geffen SOM at UCLA11. Elizabeth Rios Perkins, Pre-Health Student 12. Kenneth Bush, Pre-Health Student, CSULB BUILD13. Alexandra Gutierrez, ASCP HT, Medicine, USC KECK14. Paola Lepe, Pre-Health Student, UCLA/Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science15. Laura Cuevas, Medicine 16. Paulina Gonez, Nursing 17. Graciela Vasquez, College Administrator 18. Tyler Carcamo, MS, Medicine, UC Davis SOM19. Katherine Guardado, BS, Pre-Health Student, UCLA20. Kim Lim, Administrator, Medicine 21. Ozlem Equils, MD, FAAP, Medicine, UCLA22. Favio Gallegos, Jr., DDS Student at USC School of Dentistry, Dentistry, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC 23. Estefany Puente, Pre-Health Student, CSULA 24. Gladys Gonzalez-Matias, Pre-Health Student 25. Sonia Ceballos, MD, FACOG, Medicine, Drew/UCLA26. Alexander Soto, MS1, Medicine, David Geffen School Of Medicine at UCLA27. Vanessa Nuñez, Pre-Health Student 28. Griselda Aguilar, BS, Pre-Health Student, CSU29. Melvin Rico, Pre-Health Student, UCLA30. Alondra L. Thompson, LCSW, Cares Community Health Center and Private Practice31. Christopher, Soriano , Clinical Information Manager, UCLA 32. Caryn Salgado, Pre-Health Student, UCLA33. Mary Veliz, Pre-Health Student, UC Irvine 34. Nadia Brasil, B.S. Kinesiology and aspiring PT, Pre-Health Student 35. Rosa Magana, Pre-Health Student 36. Christian Bonilla, Pre-Health Student 37. Ayrton Osorio, Pre-Health Student, UC Davis38. Mariela Magaña , Pre-Health Student 39. Ronald Castillo, Pre-Health Student 40. Rosemary Vergara, Pre-Health Student, Santa Clara University41. Nesem Mergen, Pre-Health Student 42. Jazmin Martinez, MPH, CHES, Public Health 43. Margarita Loeza, MD, Medicine, Venice Family Clinic44. Irving Angeles , Pre-Health Student, UCLA 45. Jorge De Avila, Pre-Health Student, University of Southern California46. Karina Corona, Pre-Health Student, UC Berkeley47. Lisa Montes, MD, Medicine Pediatrics, Kaiser Permanente48. Mariela Garcia, M.D., Medicine Kaiser permanente 49. Consuelo (Connie) B. Casillas, Faculty, Kaiser LAMC FP Residency & UCLA Clinical Volunteer Faculty 50. Monica Lugo, MD Medicine, Kaiser Permanente51. Sydney Lopez, Pre-Health Student, UC Davis Pre-medical student