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Our DFMCH Office of Community Health has developed a list of Anti-Racism Resources in service of our DEI Anti-Racism Departmental Initiative. There are countless resource lists compiled by experts in anti-racism work across the web; our list is by no means comprehensive. However, our Office of Community Health DEI group sits at a unique position at the axes of education, medicine, wellness, and community partnerships, and we have therefore chosen to use this platform to share a compilation of resources to elevate important anti-racism work being done locally, nationally, and globally ​to help us all engage individually and collectively in the inward and outward-facing work necessary in this space.

This resource page includes well-being resources for BIPOC employees of UW Health and/or UW Madison, general anti-racism educational resources, anti-racism educational resources specific to racism in medicine, and a list of BIPOC-led community organizations in Dane County, WI doing work that advances health equity.

Please contact Maddie Batzli at communityhealth@fammed.wisc.edu with any questions or suggested additions to the list.

  • For those new to learning and thinking about race and racism–please consider first taking a look at the “getting started” sections at the beginning of our Anti-Racist General Educational Resources and Race & Racism in Medicine tabs. These core, brief videos and articles help introduce these complex topics.
  • Our learning and unlearning work is a lifelong practice without an end-point. It is valuable to continue the work of educating ourselves and sharing with those around us before we are ready to dive into action, and of course, to continue learning simultaneously while working to reimagine and redefine the systems and structures in which we live, work, learn and play.
– Maddie Batzli, Jennifer Edgoose, and Shelly Shaw
Office of Community Health and DEI Administration Team

Employee Resource Groups at UW Health

Employee resource groups (ERGs) at UW Health and UW Madison are both open to all DFMCH employees.

UW Health ERGs:

Note: A UW Health login is required to access this page.

From the UW Health Website: “These voluntary, employee-led Employee Resource Groups (ERG) foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, goals, business practices and objectives that focus on the experience and perspectives of people of a particular race, ethnic or cultural background, gender, gender identity, religion, age cohort, sexual orientation, history of disabilities, military services, or similar other parameters.

ERGs are intended to provide opportunities for employee networking, professional and personal development activities, improve cultural understanding among UW Health employees, improve UW Health recruiting efforts, promote education related to diversity, equity and inclusion, align with UW Health social responsibilities efforts and support UW Health’s efforts in cultural competency.”

  • Black/African-American ERG: Co-Chairs – Jessi Kendall and Adrian Jones
    • “The Black/African-American Employee Resource Group is a supportive and confidential space for employees who identify as Black or African-American regardless of location, age, income, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, ability status or diagnosis.  We meet monthly but are available to hold space for you between meetings if needed.” – Jessi Kendall and Adrian Jones, Co-Chairs
  • Latinx ERG: Co-Chairs – Silvia Martinez Segura and Maria Mangin

UW Well-Being and Educational Resources

Resources to Support UW’s Black Community members:

Compiled by DDEEA staff and other Black UW-Madison staff.

Resources to Support UW’s Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) community members:

Compiled by members of the APIDA Student Center Advisory Committee and the Asian American Studies Program.

Black-owned Mental Health Organizations offering therapy

(recommended by Adrian Jones and Jessi Kendall, Black/African-American ERG Co-Chairs)

Getting Started:

Articles:

Resource Lists:

UW Resources:

How to Engage with DFMCH Anti-Racism Initiatives:

How to Engage with Racial Justice Practices in Your Community:

(Tips on getting started for co-conspirators)

  • Volunteer for organizations that are calling for volunteers. Follow the lead of BIPOC organizers already doing racial justice and healing work within your community. Orgs currently calling for volunteers:

* Be sure to educate yourself first about the work that community members are already doing to advocate for transformative action against racism and follow the lead of BIPOC community leaders. Many community organizations are already deeply engaged in this work. For example, Freedom Inc. Youth Squad (with support of Freedom Inc.) protested the presence of police in Madison schools for years by showing up with allies to open portions of School Board meetings to much resistance, until the School Board finally voted to remove police in June 2020: Updated: Madison School Board votes unanimously to end police in schools contract

Getting Started:

  • Dear White People – Reflection by Krys E. Foster, Christina N. Johnson, Diana N. Carvajal, Cleveland Piggott, Kristin Reavis, Jennifer Y. C. Edgoose, Tricia C. Elliott, Marji Gold, José E. Rodríguez and Judy C. Washington | January 2021

Articles:

  • Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present – Book by Harriet A. Washington | 2007

Terminology:

Resource Lists:

Resource Lists by DFMCH and Partners:

  • Antiracism, Diversity and Health Equity Resource List (From Dear White People Reflection in Annals of Family Medicine) – List by Krys E. Foster, Christina N. Johnson, Diana N. Carvajal, Cleveland Piggott, Kristin Reavis, Jennifer Y. C. Edgoose, Tricia C. Elliott, Marji Gold, José E. Rodríguez and Judy C. Washington | January 2021
  • Health Equity Curricular Toolkit – Toolkit by nearly 40 experts across North America, including DFMCH contributors Jennifer Edgoose, Bill Schwab, Karina Atwell, Kjersti Knox, Bailey Murph, Patrick Huffer, and Elizabeth Paddock | 2018
  • Toolkit for Teaching about Racism in the Context of Persistent Health and Healthcare Disparities | Toolkit by national experts, including DFMCH contributors Jennifer Edgoose, Adrienne Hampton, and Robin Lankton | May 2017

Resources and Statements from Medical and Public Health Associations

UW SMPH and UW Health stand in support of the Association of American Medical Colleges statement expressing concern about the chilling effect of the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, and the need for diversity training at this time in the nation’s history. Read more about the AAMC statement and an accompanying FAQ. We are committed to being a diverse, inclusive, equitable and antiracist academic medical center. 

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