The Power of Hope

Rafael Campo celebrates HMS diversity and inclusion with commemorative poem

Rafael Campo

Rafael Campo at the Better Together symposium, celebrating 50 years of diversity and inclusion at HMS and HSDM.


Fifty years after Harvard Medical School launched an historic initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in its student body, the community gathered to celebrate progress, take stock of remaining challenges, and plan the way forward toward an even more diverse and inclusive community.

The event held on October 28 marked the anniversary of the year that HMS moved to establish a program to recruit 15 African American students.

Rafael Campo, an associate professor of medicine at HMS and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and poetry editor of JAMA, opened the afternoon symposium with a reading of a poem he composed for the event.

The poem, “Hopefully,” explores the power and strength that can be drawn from patients, teachers, students, colleagues and neighbors who have diverse life histories.

A man at a podium reads a poem
Rafael Campo reads a new poem composed for the diversity celebration.