Disability and Illness Advocacy and Support (DIAS)

Advisor: Thomas Barber, Thomas.Barber@bmc.org


Disability and Illness Advocacy and Support (DIAS) seeks to increase cultural competency around disability and chronic illness, to raise awareness of and advocate to improve healthcare disparities for people with disabilities/illnesses, and to provide support and community for BUSM students with disabilities/illnesses. Through hosting events and workshops, and connecting the student body with individuals with disabilities/illnesses of a variety of lived experiences, we hope to encourage students to look outside the medical model and explore disability/illness in a social, political, and cultural context. DIAS strives to prepare students to meet the needs of these patient populations and to address the stigmas of disability/illness that may be encountered during their professional careers.