Bringing together cultural differences through chiropractic


A person’s college experience is often defined by their academic interests, how well they excel in the program and how successful they are following graduation. But at Logan, the college experience is not only defined by academics, but also by the support and encouragement students receive from those who surround them, expanding their worldliness and preparing them for future success in all areas of life.

At Logan, the student population represents more than 15 countries, including Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Due to an increasing international student population and a yearning from U.S. students to participate in clinic abroad, Logan started the International Students Association (ISA), an organization that promotes cultural diversity and awareness throughout the Logan campus and community.

“We provide a platform for interaction among international students and the Logan student body, encouraging and supporting cooperative relationships among cultural differences,” said Kemmy Klein Ritter, a trimester 5 student from Brazil and president of ISA. “Our purpose is to advance and unite the global chiropractic profession through inspiration, integrity and leadership.”

Associated with the World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS), an international collaboration of chiropractic students, the ISA presents students with opportunities for learning and collaboration with a diverse group of future health professionals from across the world.

Kemmy said the group occasionally brings in doctors to address real-world experiences with practicing chiropractic in other areas of the world. “It’s different outside of the U.S., and it’s important to know the different rules and regulations for practicing chiropractic in different countries,” she said.

Though Kemmy is currently serving in her third trimester as association president, her vision for the organization is just getting started. She hopes to involve more students on a global level, aiming to unite the profession and support one another. “A lot of people dream about the future, and we are the future,” said Kemmy. “Getting involved now means that we have the chance to start the future in the present.”

With the support of the Logan student body and many faculty members, Kemmy and her officers have linked together students from across the globe with three main common interests: their passion for health care, chiropractic and the world around them. “Learning life experiences from students and doctors in the field of chiropractic beyond the Logan clinic is a very humbling experience and a unique opportunity to grow as a future DC.”

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