Sierra Lee (’20 BS, Microbiology) feels her life’s purpose is to uplift others. So at UTA, she got involved, serving as volunteer coordinator for the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) and the Medical Dental Preparatory Association (MDPA).
“I try to help others in direct ways and serve the most underserved communities,” Lee says. “They are what drive me to do my part in bridging the gap of socioeconomic health disparities and continuing the fight for health equity.”
With the MDPA, she organized donations to make 120 personal hygiene kits for people who are homeless in Fort Worth, along with subsequent efforts to serve warm meals. She also led a joint effort between MDPA and MAPS for the COVID-19 Homeless Relief Initiative, through which the groups raised money to buy, make, and distribute personal hygiene items, homemade hand sanitizer, and face masks. Lee also facilitated partnerships with nonprofit organizations such as Mission Arlington and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County.
“At the essence of being a physician is serving others, so how can we advocate for the health and well-being of all but remain content knowing there are countless people barely getting by?” Lee asks. “My work is important because I might be the only one that day who has shown an interest in that person’s well-being.”