Striving to Become an Anti-Racist Department: Strategies for Sustained Engagement and Transformation

04-30-2022 12:10

In response to the global social justice protests of the summer of 2020, the Interim-Chair of the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, charged our standing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee with developing and executing a 2.0 anti-racism department-wide proposal. Having built a cohesive team already advancing innovative DEI strategies which emerged from a 2014 DEI Initiative (,  we will share our additional strategies for building capacity and assuring sustainability of our efforts to move to becoming an anti-racist, multicultural department. We will share results of a climate assessment completed by internal departmental members as well results of a racial equity and inclusion assessment performed by outside consultants. We have incorporated both introspective personal opportunities for growth along with outward-facing institutional strategies for change with a goal to build infrastructure, capacity, partnerships, and leadership to assure enduing change. We will share our ongoing efforts with participants and provide opportunities to brainstorm ideas for change at participants’ local institutions.

Author(s):Jennifer Edgoose, William Schwab, Shelly Shaw, Maddie Batzli, Ronni Hayon, Tom Hahn, Jordan Bingham, ananda mirilli
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