Diversity Resources, Student Groups

Diversity is a catalyst for creativity and innovation.

Participants engage in Diverse Medical Student Mentorship Program

A diverse community of faculty, students and staff immeasurably enriches our learning environment and helps us move closer to a future in which our community of health care providers mirrors the diversity of our patients.

We will build and sustain a multicultural community because this is a reflection of the fundamental values of the OHSU School of Medicine.  

We consider a wide range of life experiences as part of diversity, including rural heritage, economic background, sexual orientation, culture and belief systems, and hardships accessing educational opportunities.

Student Groups and Programs

Diverse Medical Student Mentorship Program

The House Officers Association has launched a mentorship program to pair diverse residents and faculty with diverse students to support and sustain their academic and professional development. Learn more about the Diverse Medical Student Mentorship Program.

Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science

The Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science (AVDS) focuses on one central mission: to increase visible diversity within graduate programs at OHSU by recruiting, retaining, and most importantly supporting graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and faculty members from underrepresented backgrounds. Read more about AVDS or reach out to AVDS officers.

Northwest Native American Center of Excellence

The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence at OHSU will comprehensively and sustainably address the health care needs of all people by increasing Native American voice in the U.S. health professions workforce. Learn more about NNACOE.


The Student National Medical Association is the nation's oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color.  SNMA boasts over 40 years of service to underserved communities and medical students. Contact  the local chapter of SNMA at SNMALMSA@ohsu.edu.

OHSU Pride

OHSU Pride is a university sponsored employee resource group, that aligns with OHSU's diversity initiatives and goals, and provides leadership about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) employee, student and patient issues.

The mission of OHSU Pride is to foster an inclusive environment that promotes LGBTQ wellness, education, research and advocacy within and across OHSU and the community. Contact pride@ohsu.edu.


Asian Pacific Association of Medical Students is a national organization that aims to address those issues important to Asian-American medical students.Contact the OHSU chapter at apamsa@ohsu.edu.


The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a network of students, alumni, and health professionals whose mission is to promote the development of Latino students through educational, volunteer, professional and networking opportunities to foster diversity, higher education, and the improvement of the Latino community.Contact the local chapter of LMSA at SNMALMSA@ohsu.edu.


Queers & Allies in Health Care (QAHC) is a student interest group at OHSU for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Pansexual, Intersex, and Allied people. We are affiliated both with AMSA (American Medical Student Association) and GLMA (Gay and Lesbian Medical Association). QAHC is open to all students in OHSU schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and College of Pharmacy. 

Need more information? Or not finding the information you want about our diversity initiatives? Call the School of Medicine Office of the Dean directly at (503) 494-8220 or e-mail somweb@ohsu.edu.