Spaces & Places for Advocacy & Racial-Justice Knowledge (SPARK)
In collaboration with student, staff and faculty groups across GUMC, we will begin to hold a space for increased dialogue and connection. Starting this summer, we will engage in a collaborative effort called, “SPARK” – Spaces and Places for Advocacy & Racial-Justice Knowledge. SPARK aims to bring our community together by providing spaces to process current events, accelerating understanding around systemic racial inequities that pervade our country, developing skills for allyship, and committing to actions around advancing racial equity within our community.
SPARK has three main components: Open Spaces, Dialogues and Learn-Ins.
This site will be updated regularly with upcoming summer events that are soon to be scheduled.
1. Open Spaces offer participants the opportunity to share, listen and reflect through forum-style engagement. Starting this summer, these events will be hosted on the third Wednesday of each month at noon and at 5 pm.
- Healing Circles – In addition to the campus-wide open spaces, Healing Circles will be coordinated for student, faculty, staff affinity groups requesting and needing additional safe spaces to process current events, talk with others and feel seen and heard. In the future, if you want to inquire about coordinating a Healing Circle, please email ODI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Dialogues invite participants to engage in conversation and reflection through small and large breakouts sessions. These monthly events are theme-based and interactive.
3. Learn-Ins equip participants with skills and knowledge for personal and professional development to address racial inequities and learn more cultural competency.
Upcoming Sessions: June 30, 12-1pm – Unconscious Bias Training
Upcoming Sessions: July 14, 12-1pm – Allyship Dialogue
We are pleased to announce that we will launch a Book Club this summer cosponsored by the Office of the Diversity & Inclusion and the Medical Center Graduate Student Organization’s (MCGSO) Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Our first selected book is White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. The book offers an historical and cultural analyses on what causes and inhibits cross-racial dialogue. This book is currently 11 weeks on the New York Times’ Best Seller List and is 154 pages.
This book club will be co-moderated by Dr. Keisha Bell, Vice Chair of Pediatrics, Inpatient Operations, Chief, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Division of Pediatric Critical Care and Dean Susan Cheng, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion at GUSOM. Students, staff and faculty across GUMC will also serve as small group discussion leaders.
If you are interested in joining the book club this summer, which starts in early July, please sign up here: Summer Book Club RSVP.
The ODI team will be sending out a weekly digest of top curated articles on racial justice identified by our colleagues and share upcoming events (campus/city-wide, nationally) to summarize opportunities to learn and connect with the Space and Places for Advocacy & Racial-Justice Knowledge (SPARK). If you have suggestions for good articles/resources, please email us at email@example.com (new window).
Selected Reads/Videos to Prioritize:
- [Harvard Business Review] Academia Isn’t a Safe Haven for Conversations About Race & Racism (new window) by Tsedale M. Melaku & Angie Beeman. Note: This article was curated by Professor Joan Riley and Dr. Edilma Yearwood at the School of Nursing & Health Studies.
- [WBUR] A Dual Degree from Oxford. A Medical Degree from Harvard. Neither Protected Me From Racism (new window) by Dr. Tafadzwa Muguwe
- [NPR] What It Is Like to Be a Young Black Doctor (new window) by Nuki Yoguchi
- [Duke Basketball] Coach K Statement on Black Lives Matter (new window)by Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Note this video was curated by GUSOM medical school students
- [Vox] The Food World is Imploding Over Structural Racism. The Problems are much bigger than Bon Appetit (new window)by Alex Abod-Santos
Upcoming Events & Trainings
Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist” Free Tickets, Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM
2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist-tickets-110866502694 (new window)
Tomorrow, June 30: Unconscious Bias 101 Training w/ Dean Cheng: Basics of Bias 12-1 pm RSVP here (new window)
Pride with a Purpose
Join us on July 9 from 12:00-1:15pm EST for a discussion on LGBTQ Advocacy & Healthcare following the recent rulings from the Supreme Court & The Department of Health and Human Services.
Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/szbSNANnnkcVqQef6