Introduction

Does your AMWA branch want to get involved with advocacy? Are you unsure of where to start or which topics to pursue? Welcome to the new Premedical Division’s Advocacy Page! Please utilize the following resources, which provide you with background about a variety of hot topics, as well as instructions on what steps to take in order to start advocating with your chapter. Check back regularly to discover any new resources that may be added throughout the next few months. Feel free to download, print, and distribute our informational pamphlets among AMWA members at your school! Good luck with your advocacy projects, and please feel free to contact advocacy@amwa-premed.org or programming@amwa-premed.org with any questions or concerns.

#AMWAStandsWithYou Campaign

Epidemics and natural disasters often cause significant waves of mental health cases to appear, which are called “silent epidemics.” AMWA is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals on their mental health journeys. The mission of the #AMWAStandsWithYou campaign is to spread awareness of prevalent mental health issues. Sharing your experiences regarding recent social justice movements and pandemic related “silent epidemic” events may help others with their journey toward a positive and healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally. We will highlight racial differences in mental health that are oftentimes overlooked. In solidarity with our BIPOC members, we are also organizing a fundraiser and collecting donations for the Loveland Foundation, an organization committed to improving mental health for Black women and girls.

Click here to check out the page about our campaign with the full information, slides, links, and more!

Art Gallery

Creativity serves as the foundation for natural expression that, in turn, inspires others to create in a constant and continuing circle of artistry and imagination. It is, therefore, no surprise that creativity is encouraged from a young age. Whether it be for our active imagination or for doing the most artistic projects in grade school, we get praised for tapping into our creative side because the products of our creativity not only impact the creator but also impact all participants and viewers. Working on something that we are passionate or curious about often grounds us. Sharing the results of our artistic creations leads to a more positive mindset and a feeling of connectedness and community.
It is essential for our mental health to work on something tangible that uplifts our mood and results in satisfaction, especially when the internet and social media platforms become plagued with news that can confuse, anger, or sadden us. It takes a lot of bravery and vulnerability to share our creations with others, for they are often personal. AMWA encourages anyone comfortable with sharing their inventions, whether it be a poem, painting, collection of photographs, or any other form of art, to submit their work(s) via the google form provided below in hopes of spreading happiness to viewers.
Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/amwaartgallery

Words of Advocacy

“Words of Advocacy” is AMWA’s mission to encourage its members to use their creative outlets of writing to highlight and advocate for issues that are important to them. We are featuring Anahita Akhavan’s poem “Dream of a Land.”

Dream of a Land

Today,

I’ll pray for King.

Today,

I’ll learn to dream.

I’ll dream of a land,

where the air’s the right of every human. 

I’ll dream of a land,

where all children hold each other’s hands.

 

I’ll dream of a land,

where all people smile with their eyes.

I’ll dream of a land,

where the light of forgiveness always shines.

 

I’ll dream of a land,

where hearts are the mirrors of truth.

I’ll dream of a land,

where there are no “us” or “them.” 

I’ll dream of a land,

where there’s no “right” or “wrong.”

I’ll dream of a land,

where there’s no “good” or “bad.”

I’ll dream of a land,

where there’s no “west” or “east.”

I’ll dream of a land,

where we’re all connected to the same bridge.

 

I’ll dream of a land,

where all dreams can become realities.

I’ll dream of a land,

where everyone lifts up each other’s hands.

 

I’ll dream of a land,

where humanity is the language of “love.”

And, only for love, we all learn to love “this wonderful life.”

 

Advocacy Projects

1. Women in STEM Campaign

During the week of February 10-14, the Premedical division of AMWA is hosting a week-long campaign in honor of International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Feb 11)! Throughout the campaign, branch leaders and members are encouraged to make STEMinist posters and table on their campus. People who are interested in joining the campaign can have their picture taken, holding up a poster. In addition to blasting social media with our wonderful and inspiring photos, they will also be showcased at the conference in Indianapolis! Instructions for participation in our campaign are on the flyer. Additionally, we have provided five posters branches can use as a part of their campaign.

Women in STEM Campaign Flyer

Posters for Branches to Use: Women in STEM Campaign

Advocacy Pamphlets

Period Poverty Pamphlet Gun Violence Pamphlet