Barbara Bolivar, a fourth-year medical student at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, was honored at the 7th annual 30 Under 30 Awards Ceremony on November 27. Assembly Majority Leader Emeritus Eloise Gómez Reyes recognized Bolivar for her outstanding contributions to both Loma Linda University and the Inland Empire, acknowledging her tireless efforts and positive impact.
Bolivar, set to graduate in May 2024, has not only excelled academically but also through her active involvement in community service and leadership roles specifically in Latino student affairs. As the co-founder of LATINIDAD, a medical student association at Loma Linda University, and the president of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) – Loma Linda Chapter, Bolivar has demonstrated a commitment to fostering a supportive environment for her fellow students.
An initiative that she helped organized is the Hispanic Medical Club, uniting over 100 medical students from various ethnic backgrounds to learn "medical Spanish" and cultivate an understanding of the impact Spanish-speaking physicians can have on reducing healthcare disparities. Recognizing her compassionate patient care, leadership, and mentorship, Bolivar has been honored with the School of Medicine's Gold Humanism Honor Award.
The 30 Under 30 Awards, established by former Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter, spotlight individuals under 30 who exemplify dedication, innovation, and service in the community.