Neel Mistry is our Student of the Month for February. He is a second-year undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Biology for Health Sciences and Chemistry. While working with refugees and newcomer families over the summer, Neel noticed the social barriers concerning minority groups in Canada. He was inspired to do something about this and ensure equity for people of all backgrounds. As part of this year’s Black History Month, Neel collaborated with members from St. George to plan the MCAT Student Support Program. This initiative aims to provide free preparation to students from minority cultures and underprivileged backgrounds in order to increase the diversity of students in the medical program. As an advocate for equity and diversity, Neel accepts any opportunity that comes his way. He is currently a research assistant at the UTM Career Centre, where he oversees data entry to enhance student services on campus. Outside of UTM, Neel spends his time training volunteers in the emergency department at his local hospital. He credits his success to both hard work and the continuous support of his family. In the future, Neel hopes to combine his leadership abilities with his passion for healthcare in order to increase awareness about the social barriers affecting marginalized individuals in our community.