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The Black and Latino Student Organization is an active chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), dedicated to the recruitment, support and graduation of students from ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine. To achieve these goals, BALSO offers peer and faculty counseling to its members as well as academic support to medical students and mentorship to pre-medical students and students from local high schools. BALSO members also reach out to local schools through the Young Docs Program, to motivate young children to pursue an interest in medicine. BALSO sponsors social and cultural events open to all members of the Columbia-University Medical Center community, including an annual Jazz Mixer, film nights and monthly lunches. We also work to promote awareness about the complex health issues facing under served communities by sponsoring talks and workshops on health care topics and cultural competency. All members of the CUMC community are invited and welcomed.