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Community Building for Diversity & Inclusion Black & Latinx Students’ Association

Black & Latinx Students’ Association

The Black and Latinx Students’ Association (BALSA) is dedicated to the academic success and advancement of students underrepresented in medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Our events celebrate African American and Latinx cultures, while raising awareness of the complex issues that affect our communities. We are dedicated to the empowerment and betterment of our communities via research and outreach projects that improve the health and wellbeing of underserved populations.

We actively recruit students who are underrepresented in medicine to join our BALSA community and NYU Grossman School of Medicine. BALSA members form a peer-support network for incoming students, and our network of house staff and faculty provides students with mentoring and support.

At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, BALSA is the umbrella organization for two other nationally recognized organizations, the Student National Medical Association and the Latino Medical Student Association.

BALSA Executive Board

The following students serve on the BALSA executive board.

Nina Uzoigwe
Second-Year MD/PhD student
President

Camiren Carter and Sophia Manduca
Second-Year MD students
Co-Presidents

Chidera Ubah
Second-Year MD student
Treasurer

Myranda Gormley
Second-Year MD student
Students Teaching About Real Subjects (STARS) Sexual Education Program Coordinator

Christine Olagun-Samuel
Second-Year MD student
Student Diversity Initiative Liaison

Student National Medical Association

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) supports current and future underrepresented minority medical students with chapters at medical schools throughout the country, including NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Learn how the association helps to increase the number of students of color who are entering and completing medical school.

SNMA Executive Board

The following students serve on the SNMA executive board.

Abigail Taye
Second-Year MD student
President

Christine Olagun-Samuel
Second-Year MD student
Vice President

Latino Medical Student Association

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a national organization that unifies Latinx medical students and promotes Latino health. Learn more about the association’s mission to support Latinx medical students.

LMSA Executive Board

The following students serve on the LMSA executive board.

Carlos Sandoval Hernandez
Second-Year MD student
President

Andrea Badillo Perez
Second-Year MD student
Vice President

Elijah Rodriguez
Second-Year MD student
Volunteer Chair

Myranda Gormley
Second-Year MD student
Secretary

Hunter Hernandez
Second-Year MD student
Treasurer

To get connected with NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s diverse student groups and their leaders, please contact Sarah Khalil, program coordinator for recruitment and retention, at sarah.khalil@nyulangone.org.