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Racial Equity Challenge

This guide provides resources for individuals, teams, departments and units to engage in developing racial literacy, learning more about racial equity issues, and reflection towards building a more diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist community.

Week 3 Overview - Addressing Bias and Systemic Oppressions

Welcome to Week 3! This week we turn to learn about important current issues and ways we can take action: from addressing our own implicit biases, to being upstanders against microaggressions, advocating for criminal justice reform, and helping to make the ivory tower of academia more inclusive and equitable for all.

Each day features a selection of recommended activities and probing questions to Read, Watch, Listen and Engage with. You don't have to do every one, but we encourage you to select at least 2. We also encourage you to take time to journal your reflections each day in response to the question prompts or recommended activities you choose.

The end of this week concludes the 21-Day version of this challenge. If you or your group are stopping at 21 days jump to the Moving Forward section for some questions and resources to help you reflect on this challenge and next steps to continue your journey.

For those doing the full 30-Day challenge, continue on to Week 4 and check out this week's resources for Further Learning if you want to go deeper on any of these topics.

Day 15: Implicit Bias

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  • Take and Implicit Bias test like this one from Harvard or this one from Project Implicit. Were your results surprising at all? In what ways can you more consciously combat your implicit biases now that you are more aware of them?

  • Explore this presentation on Confronting Implicit Bias from Change Works

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Day 16: Microaggressions

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  • Have you ever experienced a microaggression related to an aspect of your identity? If so, how did it make you feel? How would you feel if you experienced similar microaggressions on a more frequent and regular basis?

  • Explore this slide presentation from NSDDC. Consider the different kinds of microaggressions such as micro-assaults, micro-insults and micro-invalidations. Can you think of examples for each? Consider the concept of impact versus intent. 

  • Based on what you have read, watched, listened and engaged with today, how might you intercede when you witness microaggressions? How might you use microinterventions and microaffirmations to create a more inclusive environment in your work, your family, in your community?

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Day 17: Remnants of Redlining

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Day 18: Health Disparities

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Day 19: The Prison Pipeline

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Day 20: From Bias to Equity in Academia and Medical Education

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  • Follow the social media hashtags #BlackInTheIvory #BlackInSTEM #URM #DEI #MGWL #RepresentationMatters #HealthEquity or #HealthJustice as well as accounts like @sacnas @NationalMedAssn @ABRCMS @_Abfmp @Disabled_Docs @PrjDiversifyMed @Tour4Diversity @ProjectShort @natlwc4bl or @BlackWomenSTEM. Did following these accounts lead you discover other diverse accounts to follow? How might following more diverse voices change your social media experience? How might it change your perspectives in your work? What issues and experiences have been highlighted by these accounts and hashtags? How can you help to address these issues within the scope of your work?

Day 21: Anti-Bias and Anti-Racism

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  • How have racist ideas impacted your daily life? Consider policies in healthcare, housing and criminal justice that we have explored this week and last. Look up some policies related to these domains here in Massachusetts. Do you think there are any groups who tend to get the best treatment? Any who get the worst? Did you discover any ways that bias might be hidden in these policies? How can you use that awareness to support anti-racism efforts?

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Further Learning

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