The biggest highlights of the General Assembly for me were getting to meet up with old friends, from El Salvador and the US, and getting to meet new friends who inspired me and challenged my ways of thinking. In particular, I learned so much about Cuba's medical system and relationship to the US from fellow Sandy Kemp scholar Joanna. It inspired me to continue learning about the situation and to support Cuban medical graduates. Speaking to Juan Carlos and the other Cuban medical graduate made me more aware of just how difficult it is for foreign graduates to enter the U.S. residency system. I will be more mindful of this as I move forward in my career.
The other highlight of the GA for me was definitely the "Toxic Tour" with ACE on Friday afternoon. It was inspiring to me to see an organization so completely grounded in the community it serves. I was extremely impressed by the youth involvement and how many tangible things they've been able to change in their neighborhood. I had not considered environmental justice much before this, but now I feel more aware of my surroundings as I walk in various neighborhoods. This organization is a testament to the fact that a small group of dedicated individuals can stand up to bigger forces and make a true difference in their community.
Thank you so much to everyone who made it possible for me to attend the GA this year. It was truly a wonderful experience and I look forward to remaining in contact with the many amazing people I had the opportunity to meet!