Tour for Diversity Makes Stop at CSU Dominguez Hills to Inspire Minority Students into Medical Fields

t4d_Feb2014_logoCalifornia State University, Dominguez Hills will be among five West Coast college campuses to host Tour for Diversity in Medicine, a grassroots program to encourage and inspire more ethnical and racial minority students to become doctors and dentists by providing them with information and advice from those who were once where they are. The tour makes its only Southern California stop at the CSU Dominguez Hills campus on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Open to undergraduate and recent graduates from CSU Dominguez Hills and campuses throughout the Los Angeles region, the tour will include a variety of workshops throughout the day on such topics as the application process, and interview and test-taking skills, as well as networking opportunities with current physicians and medical students. More than 150 students are expected to attend.

“I am elated that CSUDH was chosen as one of the hosts for the February 2014 Winter Tour,” said Thomas Landefeld, professor of biology and pre-health adviser at CSU Dominguez Hills who was instrumental in bringing the tour to campus. “Our students will have an invaluable opportunity to learn more about what they need to do to be successful in achieving their future educational goals under the tutelage and mentorship of successful individuals who have experienced many of the same obstacles that they currently face.”

Landefeld is a frequent speaker on minority issues in the health arena and said the Tour for Diversity’s focus on educating and mentoring is key to diversifying the health profession workforce.

“The paucity of minorities in health professional schools and ultimately in health professions is due to a number of reasons, with two being most cogent: the lack of knowledge as to proper and comprehensive preparation for those careers and also the lack of role models that can relate directly to them,” he said. “The Tour for Diversity program effectively addresses both of these issues, and as a result, can truly affect change in this underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in the health professions.”

There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Registrants can attend all or portions of the day’s events and will receive a schedule in advance.

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  1. Willda A. Jarrett (Bingham) says:

    To Whom It may Concern:

    My name is Willda A. Jarrett, and in 1986, I was hired at CSUDH as the first “black” head athletic trainer in California on the four year university level. I was also the first black person hired to work in the Kinesiology department on campus. A department I have been teaching within since 1989, and currently teach athletic training and pre-physical therapy classes. Although I am no longer the head athletic trainer at CSUDH, I did have a hand in training 2 of 3 of the athletic trainers who work for the athletics department an the KIN department. This is important because in 1993 the AMA recognized the field of athletic training as an allied health care profession. Although the numbers still remain low in California and across the nation, I have taught and mentored most of the black ATs in California, and would like to be apart of this tour hosted by CSUDH. I have served as a role model, and can bring several minorities who are experiencing very successful careers in the sports medicine field as allied health care professionals. I totally agree with the reasons stated for the lack of minorities in the field.

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