Week 14: June 7, 2021
UNMC 21-week Racial Equity Challenge
Welcome to the 21-week Racial Equity Challenge
Diversity scholar Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. [eddiemoorejr.com] created the 21-Day Challenge concept to promote a deeper understanding of race, power, privilege, supremacy, and oppression. The UNMC Department of Medicine has modified this challenge to create a 21-week program in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion. You can subscribe to receive weekly emails with suggested articles, podcasts, and webinars that will help you raise awareness, compassion, understanding, and engagement towards racial equity. You can get a lapel pin from the Office of Inclusion that will represent your commitment towards working towards racial equity and understanding the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are your colleagues, friends, patients, and community members Track your progress here.
Stream Cured June 12-18 with Virtual Panel Discussion on June 17th at 6 PM CURED has been described as “fascinating” (Hollywood Reporter), “riveting” (The Queer Review) and “astonishingly rich ... one of the best documentaries of this or any year" (British Film Institute). This award-winning documentary chronicles the battle waged by a small group of LGBTQ+ activists who declared war against a formidable institution, the American Psychiatric Association, and won a crucial victory in the modern movement for LGBTQ equality. Thanks to the efforts of these activists, homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 

Virtual Panel Discussion On Thursday, June 17th at 6 pm Join us for a discussion about CURED moderated by Dr. Arthur Kornitsky and featuring the film's co-director, Bennett Singer; activist and film interviewee, Rev. Magora Kennedy; retired Boston psychiatrist and film interviewee, Dr. Richard Pillard; Nebraska State Senator, Megan Hunt and UNMC Director of Inclusion and psychiatrist, Dr. Sheritta Strong.
Sylvia Rivera Created the Blueprint for the Queer Revolution (first 25 minutes). Sylvia Rivera was a transgender Latinx activist that is known to have been a pivotal figure during the LGBTQ+ Civil Rights movement in the 1970s. At the young age of 11, her grandmother kicked her out and she was forced to become a sex worker in order to survive. Her experiences inspired her to create Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with Marsha P. Johnson. STAR aimed to provide shelter and support to homeless at risk LGBTQ+ youth. Unfortunately, the cisgender LGB community did not advocate for transgender rights during the LGBTQ+ movement and this fueled Sylvia Rivera's desire to become an activist that fought for the transgender and gender nonconforming community.
Omaha's Dominique Morgan Gains National Attention for LGBTQ Advocacy. Dominique Morgan is a Black transgender woman that has been a trailblazer in Omaha. She is the executive director of Black and Pink, an organization dedicated to dismantling the criminal punishment system and the harms caused to LGBTQ+ people. In 2020, Morgan opened the Black and Pink Lydon House in Midtown Omaha, a safe transitional housing space to serve LGBTQ+ people coming out of incarceration and those living with HIV/AIDS. Morgan is now raising money to create Opportunity Campus in Omaha, a facility that will provide housing for young adults, wrap-around support services, mental health support, daily drop-in services such as hot meals, showers, food pantry and laundry and community programming for young people and their families.