UT Students Travel in Color to CDC to Experience Health Equality Exposure

Shelty L. Jackson’s lifelong love of science led her to pursue medicine. However, the biology student said she saw a lack of diversity within the field in her first year of study.

“Whenever I was doing things like shading or volunteering, there were no people I could relate to,” Jackson said.

African and Hispanic students make up less than 20% of the Texasdale University Medical School student body, according to 2021 Texas Board of Higher Education data. In an effort to better support underrepresented student groups and promote equality in the medical field, Jackson and 14 other students visited Black and Latino pre-health students at the University of Texas Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta as part of the Health Equality Exposure Trial from April 27 to May 1.

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