Week 1: March 8 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.
When one affirms that they are not racist, it does not absolve them from complicity in perpetuating racism. Dr. Ibram X Kendi, esteemed professor and bestselling author, contents that "there is no neutrality in the racism struffle. The opposite of 'racist' isn't 'not racist.' It is 'anti-racist.'" In this interview for The Aspen institute, Dr. Kendi discusses what it means to be an anti-racist.
Antiracism in Medicine Podcast Series Episode 1 – Racism, Police Violence, and Health. Scholars and antiracism activists, Drs. Rhea Boyd and Rachel Hardeman discuss the meaning of structural racism, the health impacts of police violence, the “say her name” movement, and the ways we can ensure our country’s current antiracist movement grows beyond a moment.
"Implicit bias has been in the news a lot lately. At the National Equity Project, we think it is an important topic that warrants our attention, but it is critical that any learning about implicit bias includes both clear information about the neuroscience of bias and the context of structural racism that gave rise to and perpetuates inequities and harmful racial biases."