SNMA multicultural show
Nuriya Robinson M'06
Photographs by Gareen Hamalian M'07
Reena Shah M'06 and Namrata Nandakumar M'07 perform a Rajastghani folk dance
On Friday, March 12th, Sackler B was transformed from
a mundane lecture hall into an exciting and dynamic creative space filled
with the sights and sounds of India, Bangladesh, America, Vietnam, Haiti,
the Middle East, Latin America and Korea. The Tufts chapter of the Student
National Medical Association (SNMA) presented ‘SANKOFA- a celebration
of food, music & culture’ to an audience of classmates, administrators
and friends. Drawing on the mission of the SNMA to increase the number
of culturally capable and sensitive physicians, the Tufts chapter used
a unique approach to enlighten the Tufts medical community. The group
solicited fellow members of the community here at Tufts to share a taste
of their culture and their talent with us.
The diversity of the Tufts community offers students an unparalleled opportunity to learn about and begin to appreciate the differences within our cultures. In our preparation for a lifetime of caring for a varied patient population, our experiences here at Tufts will undoubtedly serve as a valuable reinforcement of the importance of being sensitive to the needs and experiences of our future patients. Through programs such as SANKOFA, students have a chance to take a glimpse into the lives of their fellow students, whom they not only learn with, but also learn from. It was a night that will not soon be forgotten!