Health Opportunities Preparation & Empowerment (HOPE)

The Health Opportunities Preparation & Empowerment (HOPE) is a student organization specifically targeting underrepresented minority, first-generation, and/or financially disadvantaged UCSD students. It is also open to any student that is dedicated to promoting health care within underserved communities. The mission is to host events to help these populations become more aware of the pathway to admission into the various fields of healthcare, and to provide a support system throughout this journey.

HOPE has established a variety of events and programs to help advance this mission, including the unique, interactive Cadaver Lab held quarterly at Miramar College. In addition, the program Project: Success provides free tutoring, and represents the idea of “students helping students” in action.

HOPE also hosted the first annual Medical Education for Diverse Students (MEDS) Conference in January 2013. This all-day program was sponsored in partnership with the UCSD School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy. Overall, the goal was to encourage underrepresented students to pursue a career in health care, and educate the participants about the opportunities available to them at UCSD.

If you are interested in receiving more information or becoming involved, please email Thank you!