GMS Launches Community Catalyst Center to Enrich Graduate Education

Community Catalyst Center logo and iconsGraduate Medical Sciences believes that graduate education is enriched by diversity and a strong sense of community among peers. This philosophy sparked the idea for the Graduate Medical Sciences Community Catalyst Center (C3), which launched in August 2021. The Center’s goal is to foster holistic success for the diverse GMS student community by providing helpful resources, events, workshops and community chats.

“We are excited to offer this additional support to our students,” said Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa, PhD, ad interim Associate Provost and Dean of GMS.

Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate in C3 programming. The center’s five affinity groups are gSOC (students of color), gFIRST (first-generation students) gMAV (military-affiliated and veteran students), gPLUS (LGBTQIA+ students) and gGLOBAL (international students).

“We are so proud of the diverse perspectives of our community and are eager to make sure that all students are comfortable and confident during graduate school, so they feel like an integral part of the GMS community,” said Theresa A. Davies, PhD, director of Oral Health Sciences and assistant dean of GMS Master’s Programs.

Past events sponsored by the center include walking tours of popular Boston neighborhoods, workshops on acclimating to GMS and Boston and “community chat” social events for each of the affinity groups.

Email  for more details about C3 mentorship and any questions about the Center’s programming and resources.

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