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Progress Notes' Diversity Essay Contest


In 1963, after being arrested during a civil rights protest in one of the most segregated cities in America, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” shedding light upon the disparities undergirding our institutions and calling for action. Dr. King was a visionary who devoted his life to combating injustice. In honor of Dr. King’s legacy and in the midst of recent events exposing the continued disenfranchisement of marginalized populations, we recognize that we must take a stand against injustice as current and future medical providers and scientists. 

Progress Notes, the student magazine of Baylor College of Medicine, has launched an essay contest to allow reflections on diversity in medicine and the biomedical sciences. This student-led project is co-sponsored by Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

Submissions are open to all Baylor students, trainees, faculty and staff and should be in the form of narrative reflection, discussing topics related to diversity, inclusion and equity and its importance in medicine, science and our society. 

Members of the BCM Inclusion and Excellence Council will review submissions anonymously and select four winners to receive a cash award net of any taxes. One winner will be chosen from each of four categories: faculty, trainee, staff, and student.  

All submissions will be published on our online blog Progress Notes following review by one or more student editors and faculty approval.

Deadline for submission is Jan. 2, 2021.

Please submit your essay with a maximum of 750 words using this online submission form.

Contact the editors of Progress Notes at progressnotes@bcm.edu
for questions about this contest.