Congratulations to Alejandro Diaz (MSTP)
for Receiving the
2005 UCSD Chicano Alumni Association
Community Service Scholarship Award
The Chicano Alumni Association Community Service Scholarship Award is a $500 award given to two Chicano students annually.
Candidates must be enrolled in a degree program at UCSD and be nominated by a board member of the Chicano Alumni Association.
Alejandro Diaz, an MSTP student, has been very involved in the life of the medical school community.
Inspiring a sense of belonging and esprit-de-corps among trainees, he served as a mentor for MSTP Summer Undergraduate
Research Fellowship students. As a member of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), he has been actively recruiting
underrepresented minority undergraduates for both the medical school and the MST Program.
Alejandro has also served as co-chair (with Julian Medina) of the LMSA and on the LMSA Executive Board for the past two years
(representing all Latino students at all medical schools in California, Utah and Arizona. Additionally, he has helped to
organize two Doc-4-A-Day events and been instrumental in re-igniting the LMSA-CCM (Chicanos for Community Medicine) mentoring
Most recently, Alejandro organized the joint LMSA-CCM High School Conference held on the School of Medicine campus, where students attended workshops on college admissions,
financial aid, overcoming racism and other ethnic and cultural barriers, study and time management, as well as healthcare career exploration panels.
Finally, through the UCSD Student Educational Advancement program, he is currently organizing the 2nd Annual “Healing the Community”
symposium, where he will be giving the keynote address. WOW!
Our congratulations to Alejandro for receiving this esteemed honor and for his exemplary commitment to improving the
Chicano/Latino community within UCSD. We commend him for this wonderful achievement!