Medical Students Stand Against AAPI Racism

Dear Miller Students,

Congratulations to our Seniors on their Match Day – we celebrate with you, are honored to have gotten to know you, and are inspired by your resilience, passion, and commitment to the field of medicine.

However, we write with a heavy heart today in conjunction with Dean Ford’s message as we mourn the loss of eight victims in the recent Atlanta spa shootings, where a gunman targeted three spas in the Atlanta area and took the lives of predominantly women of Asian descent: Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Paul Andre Michels, Hyun Jung Grant, Soon C Park, Suncha Kim, and Yong A Yue.

As representatives of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, we stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and condemn these increasing acts of violence and hatred against our minority populations, which have been especially exacerbated by this pandemic. As future physicians, we have the opportunity to use our platform to unify and take a stand against discrimination and xenophobia.

We specifically want to express our sincerest condolences for our AAPI students and their loved ones who have experienced verbal and physical trauma during this time. We are in this fight together to reject hatred and foster understanding and compassion, to help our fellow students heal from the terrible acts we have witnessed this week and to support their leadership to push for change as allies during these difficult times.

As these events unfold, many of us may also be experiencing flashbacks of the injustices towards our Black communities that were driven to the forefront of our nation last year. For everyone who is hurting: we see you, we hear you, we value you, and we are here for you. As always, we encourage you to reach out to your school leadership if needed.

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (ODICE) and the Med Ed Team are available as additional resources, and they are happy to provide space and support for any student in need.

If you would like to actively join us in our fight for social justice against racism, below are a few resources and ways you can get involved or contribute:

Our prayers go out to the victims of this atrocity, their families, and those who have been affected, and we pray for their strength to heal as a community.

Sincerely, 

Duyen Vo
Outgoing President, Executive Student Government

Henry Olano
Incoming President, Executive Student Government

Deborah Lin & Wendy Yang
Asian American Medical Student Association (AAMSA) Presidents

Madeline Cohen, Kiera Parrish, Duyen Vo, Narges Maskan, & Rachel Lin
OSR Representatives

Allison Draper
Executive RMC Director, RMC Council

Leah Colucci
President, Class of 2021

Chris Murdock
President, Class of 2022

Alison Ohringer
President, Class of 2023

Akeim George
President, Class of 2024