“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
In a universe on perpetual pause, Maya could have easily been talking about COVID-19 anxieties, rather than her prophetic words about the most insidious conditions we continue to harbor and spread; racism, bigotry, discrimination, and force. Their impact on our lives is seemingly intractable, the current attention to this widespread angst, extraordinary. There is no better time to take deliberate action and dismantle the foundations of intolerance and prejudice that inform us and our delivery of health care.
While we may argue that the death 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.
Included are lists of books, web site compilations of books and resources, blog posts and links to online articles for those who want to be deeply informed about matters of race, systemic racism and anti-racism.
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.