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 ODEI at email@example.com.
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.
If you are interested joining our movement, whether through facilitating open spaces or through planning and teaching dialogues and learn-ins, please fill out this link.
The ODEI 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selected Reads/Videos to Prioritize:
- [Harvard Business Review] Academia Isn’t a Safe Haven for Conversations About Race & Racism 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 by Dr. Tafadzwa Muguwe
- [NPR] What It Is Like to Be a Young Black Doctor by Nuki Yoguchi
- [Duke Basketball] Coach K Statement on Black Lives Matter 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 by Alex Abod-Santos
- [UW Med] University of Washington Medicine’s Healthcare Equity and Anti-Racism Resources (new window) (new window)
- [Washington Post] Instagram as an emerging source of anti-racism education with a particularly powerful slide-deck on Medical Racism
- [NY Times] Rachel L. Swarns article on with Louisiana-residing descendants of the 272 enslaved people at Georgetown