The Vituity Social Justice Scholarship is awarded to medical students or residents from historically underrepresented communities and helps further Vituity’s mission to increase representation in medicine.
Vituity proudly announces the recipients of The Vituity Social Justice Scholarship for 2023. Four (4) $7,500 scholarships have been awarded this year to help further the education of medical students who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to social justice and healthcare inequities. This scholarship celebrates students committed to making healthcare more equitable and accessible to all.
“The recipients of Vituity’s Social Justice Scholarship embody the leadership principles that truly set them apart from their peers,” says Javay Walton, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Vituity. “Their shared passion for eliminating healthcare inequities and increasing representation in medicine is leading to improved wellness in their local communities. We are proud to recognize their passion and spirit; each is a force for positive change in healthcare”.
Nomination criteria required applicants to be a resident or 3rd/4th-year medical student enrolled in an ACGME-accredited medical school for 2023-2024 and a member of one of the following associations:
- The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
- National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
- The National Medical Association (NMA)
- Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Below are details on this year’s recipients:
Lizbeth Alvarez – University of California, Davis, School of Medicine – member of LMSA
Lizbeth Alvarez focuses on improving community wellness through public health and policy. Growing up with severe environmental injustices initially inspired her to give a voice to excluded populations. Her work with diverse communities on Capitol Hill fostered the resolve to treat patients with cultural humility by understanding the social determinants of health.
Tanesha Beckford – Boston Medical Center – member of NMA
Tanesha Beckford’s life purpose centers around faith, advocacy, and compassion. Her passions include mentorship, and community outreach, which are key to the journey towards healthcare equity and dedication to serving others.
José Antonio Ibarra Rodriguez – Rush Medical College of Rush University – member of NHMA
A first-generation high school and college graduate, José Rodriquez aims to improve healthcare delivery for people who feel the healthcare system has failed them. His vision is to be a leader in his community and have a voice to influence decisions that can impact the lives of many.
Ange Uwimana – University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine – member of SNMA
Growing up in an underserved African community, Ange Uwimana has seen first-hand the suffering accompanying poor healthcare. Throughout medical school, she has pursued opportunities to bring healthcare to underserved communities through volunteer work, scholarly activities, and leadership work.