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October 11, 2021

Shuumi Land Tax & Indigenous People’s Day

Proudly supporting rematriation efforts to honor Indigenous ancestors, modern visionaries, & the future generations.

AIMC Berkeley proudly supports the work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust. We recognize that our school is located on land that was the home of Ohlone people who lived in reciprocity with the land.

Lisjan Ohlone leaders in the East Bay today are the descendants of the survivors of genocidal terror and colonization. We mourn the loss of Indigenous lives and wisdom and offer deep gratitude to the surviving families who are building and visioning the path to healing.

“Shuumi means gift in Chochenyo.” -Sogorea Te’ Land Trust

As a voluntary “tax,” the Shuumi land tax contributes to the important work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, which includes tending land, growing traditional crops and medicinal plants, revitalizing ancestral practices, the creation of an emergency response …

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June 21, 2021

Campus COVID-19 Updates

Limited Library Re-Opening & Fall 2021 Policies Announced

Current Policies on Campus

Per CDHP guidance, as a healthcare facility, we will continue to require temperature checks and masking of vaccinated & unvaccinated patients and practitioners visiting our in-person clinic and inside our building generally. We don’t anticipate making any major changes to this policy before the start of the fall semester (see “Fall 2021 Policy” below).

Library Re-Opening
Message from the Library sent 6/21/2021

The AIMC Library is cautiously reopening on a limited basis. Le Jiang will be staffing the Library on Wednesday mornings from 9 AM to 12:30 PM starting June 23rd. We may add more hours in the weeks ahead, depending on staffing availability and demand.

There is a pass system to limit capacity for the time being and those passes are found outside …

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June 14, 2021

Updates on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives at AIMC

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." -Maya Angelou

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou

Strategic Plan & Goals

As an institution, we have come together to further incorporate Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI) efforts into our long-term vision and goals. AIMC Berkeley supports the following vision:

To serve as a center for the promotion of health and wellness and care of the community through education, outreach, and patient care with focus on diverse patient populations including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and low-income individuals
To serve as a center for international collaboration in the development of acupuncture and integrative medicine

The third goal of our strategic plan, designed to help us meet our Mission & Vision, is to “promote institutional & community diversity by serving all members of …

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April 26, 2021

Ear Seeds for Racial Health Justice

Student volunteers use ear seeds to provide care at the Sankofa Market in Sacramento

Disparities in Healthcare

Of the many things brought to light during the Covid pandemic, U.S. healthcare disparities are among the most disheartening. The virus has made visible the vast inequities that plague our healthcare system, as well as the many other contributing factors that manifest in poor health outcomes that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous, and Latino populations.

Racial and ethnic disparities in the healthcare setting gives rise to serious moral and ethical dilemmas – healthcare is simply not available equally to all segments of the population in the United States.

According to CDC data, Indigenous Americans have suffered the highest death rates from the pandemic with 1 out of every 390 people (total population) dying from Covid. One in 555 Black Americans have died, and 1 in 665 …

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March 17, 2021

President’s Statement: Anti-Racism & Violence Against Asians

AIMC Berkeley stands in solidarity with the Asian & Asian American community.

Art by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya.

AIMC, Berkeley’s President Yasuo Tanaka issued the following statement today (March 17th, 2021):

AIMC Berkeley stands in solidarity with the Asian & Asian American community and denounces the disturbing rise in race-based hate crimes towards members of this community. We are heartbroken by the violence perpetrated against Asian women in Atlanta yesterday, and condemn the xenophobic and racist behavior that has been increasing at an alarming rate. Many of our beloved teachers & supervisors are Asian elders; we are particularly disturbed the targeting of Asian elders in racist attacks across the country & particularly here in the Bay Area. We acknowledge that while we are seeing a relative increase in violence, prejudice and crimes against Asian people in …

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March 3, 2021

How to get your burning East Asian Medicine questions answered…

We love hosting virtual events & sharing wisdom from the field with you. What should we share next?

We’ve loved hosting virtual events & sharing the wisdom of East Asian & Integrative Medicine on our social media & on our blog.

What do you want to learn from us next?

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February 9, 2021

(Safely) Celebrate Lunar New Year in 2021

Welcome the year of the Metal Ox.

We’ll miss the usual fun and camaraderie in the student lounge around Lunar New Year. We’ve got a few suggestions to help everyone get in the spirit and welcome the year of the Metal Ox.

With the recent rise in violence against Asian Americans and the state of the economy, it is more important than ever that we stand up in support of our local Asian communities. Be sure to support local restaurants & businesses in Oakland and San Francisco’s Chinatowns.

Here are some of our free virtual event suggestions:

Wednesday February 10th, 6:45-8:45pm

History of SF Chinatown

Join the Chinese Historical Society of America for a tour of San Francisco’s Neon Chinatown.

Thursday-Saturday February 11th-13th, Various Times

Culture & Dance

Watch the Nai-Ni …

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November 23, 2020

What’s It Like to Be a Clinic Intern Practitioner at AIMC?

Curious about what it’s like to work in our student clinic? Use this blog as your resource!

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November 16, 2020

An Interview with the Academic Director: AIMC’s Online Doctorate Program

Expanding what's possible for Acupuncturists

A conversation with our Academic Dean & Program Director, Thomas Siemman, about our re-vamped Doctoral Completion program launching mid-January 2021. We’re now enrolling Licensed Acupuncturists into our two-semester program with the option of completing coursework fully online. Future cohorts may continue to be offered in at least a partially online format.

The Interview

Q: COVID-19 and shelter-in-place required creative re-imagining of how we could run a doctoral program of the same quality and caliber that we ran when we were able to host students on campus & in our hands-on internships. We’ve graduated two cohorts of Doctoral students already, what’s different this time around?

A: It’s the same program that we start in 2018, but this time it will be all online, distance-learning. The …

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August 26, 2020

Exploring an AIMC Student’s Personal Path to Healing

With a master’s degree in education and post-bacc pre-med experience, the combination of healing and teaching has always been a dream career for Edgar.

Edgar Mojica has always wanted to heal and educate other people. With a background in education and pre-med, he realized that he wanted a medical career where he could truly connect with his patients. After visiting AIMC, he realized that a future in East Asian medicine and acupuncture could provide that. To read more about his journey, click here!

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