UT students of color travel to CDC for Health Equity Exposure Experience

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Shalty-El Jackson’s lifelong love for science motivated her to pursue medicine. However, the biology freshman said she saw the lack of diversity within the field in her first year of studies.

“Whenever I would do things like shadowing or volunteering, there weren’t people that I could relate to,” Jackson said.

Black and Hispanic students make up less than 20% of the University of Texas Dell Medical School’s student body, according to 2021 Texas Higher Education Board data. In an effort to better support underrepresented student populations and promote equity in the medical field, Jackson and 14 other Black and Hispanic pre-health students at UT visited the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta as part of the Health Equity Exposure Experience from April 27 to May 1.