Abortion: When Politics Meets Practice
By Alana Cartens For most of my life I have danced around the sidelines of the reproductive justice movement, always supporting, but more actively involved in work around racial justice and international human rights. Attending the Medical Students for Choice Conference on Family Planning last December shifted my focus to see how, in many ways, …
MSFC’s structure empowers student voices and ensures that medical students are the key decision-makers at every level of the organization. The organization’s success depends on the active, driven leadership of medical students on campus and in the community.
Our structure is designed to ensure that all of our stakeholders are informed and engaged with each other. The Board of Directors is always comprised of a majority of medical student activists to ensure that students are the decision-makers of the organization. The Board creates a broad strategic vision for the organization.
The grassroots, our students on medical school campuses throughout the world, are our on-the-ground activists. Led by our Student Leaders, they provide the education and momentum for change at the local level. They move the organization forward and help achieve MSFC’s strategic vision.
The MSFC staff support the student leadership by implementing programming, managing resources, and providing expertise. Experienced grassroots activists work as staff extenders to further the reach of MSFC HQ to better support our student chapters. The staff routinely collect data from MSFC chapters to gauge MSFC’s health and learn about new challenges. This data is then presented to the Board of Directors who uses this information to ensure the strategic vision is being carried out and is still appropriate for the changing grassroots environment.