n Dr. Perman’s State of the University Address in May 2019, he kept coming back to one phrase: “Believe students.” Believe students when they tell us how they feel. Believe students when they tell us what’s important. Because our students know what they’re talking about. The biggest initiatives UMB has undertaken the last several years — from community engagement, to entrepreneurship, to global learning — are the ones students said we needed.
So CATALYST magazine asked a few UMB students, what do you believe in? Here are some of their responses:
I believe in creating a world where all infants and toddlers are provided with the healthy environment and loving support that allows them to thrive.”Magee Morales, School of Social Work, Class of 2020
My thought is simple: I believe in leaving a place better than how I found it. I believe in forwarding the concepts of social justice at UMB so that our institution can be a good neighbor to the communities in which it is embedded.”Nicole Campion Dialo, MD/MPH Dual-Degree Program, School of Medicine Class of 2020
I believe President Perman listened to concerns of the SSW’s Immigration Workgroup regarding the well-being of immigrants on campus given the political rhetoric and uncertainty of DACA. Because of student concerns, a Multicultural Center Task Force was initiated in an effort to foster an inclusive campus and provide support and resources for all students.”Jennifer Siegel, MSW, PhD student, School of Social Work Class of 2021
I believe that the mouth is attached to a body, which is attached to a person, who belongs to a family, that is a part of a community. If any part of that chain is broken, everything else is affected. Health care should ensure that every aspect of that chain is maintained. Health care is interprofessionalism.”Jazmin Jones, President, School of Dentistry, Class of 2022
I believe that a fundamental aspect of medicine is providing resources and educating our patients to become active participants and advocates of their health. My passion in dermatology led me to pursue the Skin Smart Campus initiative, which brings free sunscreen and skin protection and skin cancer awareness to UMB.”Shealinna Ge, MD, School of Medicine, Class of 2019