Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

School of Medicine Multicultural Affairs

STAHR Retreat – Hosted to begin our mentoring program and build relationships between students, faculty, and trainees.

SOMMA’s Mission

To create strategic initiatives that build community and champion equity to support the learning environment for students in the BA/MD, MD, and Graduate Medical Professions and to create strategic initiatives in the work and learning environment for Resident and Fellowship programs. 

To address the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in supporting the retention, persistence, and success of the historically marginalized (race and gender binary identities) and underrepresented populations (first generation college student, first generation medical student, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, diverse abilities, military, ethnicity, non-traditional students, age, socio-economic status and other identity intersections) in the UMKC School of Medicine.

Ways our office supports students and residents- 

  • Our student mentoring program SMART (Students in Medicine Academia Research and Training), as part of the STAHR Ambassador Program, supports the graduation and success of UMKC School of Medicine students that are economically and educationally disadvantaged or First Generation.
  • MACS (Multicultural Advisory Community of Students) has been established to create a community of student leaders in each of our affinity organizations in order to provide guidance around diversity initiatives as it pertains to underrepresented in medicine student success, diversity education, engagement, and retention. (see membership below)
  • UNITED (Uniting Numerous medIcal Trainees for Equity and Diversity) is a new initiative to support URM residents in all programs across UMKC and CMH to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • We support the Critical Mass Gathering (CMG) of medical professionals at all levels in collaboration with Kansas City University of Medical and Biosciences and KU Medical School to network and explore your needs in medicine from networking relationships, specialty exploration, or navigating medical school successfully.
  • Welcome to School of Medicine Diversity Receptions – we host a reception during the Fall and Spring semesters to promote diversity and engagement across programs. Ultimately, focused on creating inclusive and welcoming spaces for new students.
  • We have a collaboration to imbed diversity, equity, and inclusion training and education into the Physician Assistant curriculum including training on social identity, identity development, LGBTQIA identity and Safe Space, Diabetes Prevention reflection and debriefs, and a Leadership Advocacy Panel. This curriculum has served as a pilot to imbed Cultural Bias and Anti-Racism Curriculum across the 6 year BA/MD and MD programs and as well as the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program.
  • We cultivate and encourage a learning and work environment of Expect Respect through Mistreatment education of all students, trainees, staff, and faculty in the School of Medicine. If you have experienced, witnessed, overheard any form of mistreatment no matter how serious you think it might be, report it using this link: MISTREATMENT REPORTING.



Are you a Prospective Student?

Check out our Saturday Academy and STAHR Scholars Programs!
  • These are great ways to get engaged, build relationships, explore health careers with support, and be formally mentored.

Leadership and Membership


SNMA – Student National Medical Association

Blessing Onwudinanti, BA/MD Year 5 – President

Christy Nwankwo, BA/MD Year 6 – Vice President


LMSA – Latino Medical Student Association

Bianca Ituarte, BA/MD Year 5 – President

Elizabeth Rodriguez, BA/MD Year 6 – Co-Vice President

Michaela Lopez, MD Year 2 – Co-Vice President and St. Joseph Liaison


LGBTQIA Health District Alliance

Wes Weske, MD Year 2 – President

Kyle Ta, MD Year 2 – Vice President

Abigail Bowser, MD Year 2,  Secretary and St. Joseph Liaison

APAMSA – Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association

Neha Potta, BA/MD Year 4 – Co-President

Amit Ahluwalia

Arjun Gampala,

Aratrika Pal, BA/MD Year 3 – Communications Chair







AMWA – American Medical Women’s Association



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