Celebrating 20 years of Loyola Bioethics

Help Support our DACA Medical Students

Dear Friend:

On July 1, 2020, the Neiswanger Institute officially turned 20 years old! I invite you to celebrate our achievements and help us mark the occasion.

We’ve accomplished a lot and we’re pleased that you have joined us on the journey. We have focused on everyday issues confronting professionals and other leaders in healthcare. Nothing shows the Institute’s impact quite like alumni who have become national leaders in emerging ethical issues and we invite you to attend some of the virtual talks featuring these experts.

Of course, the value of these first 20 years ultimately will be judged by how they impact the future. The Institute’s highest profile accomplishment is advancing the opportunity for highly-qualified, undocumented youth who are DACA recipients to attend medical school and pursue residency.  Through the Institute’s advocacy, the Stritch School of Medicine was the first medical school in the nation to open the application process to these students.  Twenty-four of our alumni are now residents; several have received national attention in venues such as the Washington Post and from the American Association of Medical Colleges for their work on the front lines of the pandemic. Today, we are proud to educate 18 DACA students.  While Stritch continues to commit significant funds to offset the costs of their education, we cannot provide full funding (and these students are ineligible for federal student loans).  Because of this situation, these students have to find private lenders, often at exorbitant rates.  We are concerned that some may be unable to continue their training and their talents will be lost.

Please consider contributing to their future and the future of medicine by making a gift that will directly support their tuition and living expenses.  We realize -- particularly during these challenging times – that your ability to give may be reduced.  But please know that every gift – regardless of the amount – will help a DACA student.

These young physicians will continue to serve and care for many patients for years to come. They contribute to the diversity of the physician workforce, which is so critical to our country’s shifting demographics.  And, of course, by the way they live their lives, they advocate for a legislative solution to secure their future.  You can help make that happen.

We look forward to a time in the near future when circumstances will allow us to gather safely, celebrate our accomplishments and look ahead to the next 20 years.

Thank you for your support of the Institute and particularly, our DACA students.

Stay well!

Mark G. Kuczewki, PhD
Director, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethcs & Healthcare Leadership

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