“The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams.” Maya Angelou
Maya could have easily been talking about our last year of COVID-19 realities, rather than that most insidious of conditions; racism, bigotry, discrimination, and unrestrained force. Their impact on our lives is seemingly intractable, the current attention to this widespread anguish, extraordinary. There is no better time to take deliberate action and dismantle the foundations of intolerance and prejudice that inform us and, often, our delivery of health care.
While we may argue that the murder of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, May 25th, 2020 galvanized this need for insightful, inclusive resources, many people have been doing this work for decades, revealing the historical underpinnings of racism, asking for change, combating assumptions, and imagining equality, representation, diversity and empathy.
The attention should not be binary, not just Black and white, for this year, especially, has illuminated that all people of color and gender identity; Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, East Indians, LGBTQ…can be the targets of hate crimes, bias, and prejudice. Our national narrative has included all people for centuries, but their voices, their strengths, their challenges and successes are often constrained by foundational underpinnings and conventions in science, medicine, culture, politics, economics and society, with for the most part, a homogeneous perspective.
In the health sciences, especially, in order to illuminate that narrative, alter that voice, we need to, for example, inform how we recruit and retain students of color, how we teach health practitioners about racism and its role in preventing and treating disease in communities of color, and how we set national public health agendas to respect and include communities of color and gender identities.
In this Guide you will find lists of books, web site compilations of books and resources, blog posts and links to online articles, and other university produced Guides for those who want to be deeply informed about matters of white supremacy, systemic racism and anti-racism. As of this poignant, impactful date, May 25, 2021, we will be reviewing the content of the Guide, enhancing, streamlining, and categorizing its contents in ways to make it robustly applicable to inclusive instruction, practice, research, and administration, especially in the health sciences. Thank you for visiting, and please plan to return.
Below are a few health sciences organizations and initiatives relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Below are some links to miscellaneous resources relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Below is a current feed of UW Madison events relating to diversity. To access the full calendar of events, click here.
Below are links to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the School of Medicine and Public Health, and the Libraries' statements on diversity.
Below are some links to just a few of University of Wisconsin-Madison's resources relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.