Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, & Inclusion

Cultural Climate Support

In our UT College of Pharmacy, our goal is to cultivate a culture of care for every individual within our college and the communities we serve. In doing so, we welcome inquiries for support regarding Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, & Inclusion (DEAI) in the UT College of Pharmacy or any UT Pharmacy affiliated experiential sites. In addition, please feel free to share any positive feedback about experiences you’ve had in the UTCOP or at your experiential site, as those will also help us to advance a culture of inclusive excellence.

Factors that do not support a culture of care in our college can include (but are not limited to) a behavior or organizational culture that is derogatory or hostile in nature, and targets an individual based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital/familial status, possession of a General Education Development Certificate (GED) as compared to a high school diploma, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, age, or genetic information.

At the UT College of Pharmacy, we strive to educate our community members in an effort to eliminate disparities, grow awareness, and build empathic connections for better understanding and an intentionally inclusive community.  Please consider one of the following outlets if you would like support:

1. Present at a monthly standing DEAI Committee meeting (Spring dates are 2/11, 3/11, and 4/29).  Contact salinasj4@uthscsa.edu to request to add an agenda item.

2. Schedule a meeting with the Assistant Dean of DEAI via email at skyller.walkes@austin.utexas.edu.

3. Celebrate an exemplar of DEAI or share actions that advance this value for our college through a UTCOP Carolyn Brown DEAI Champion Award nomination when applications open.

Equity & Diversity in the news

ConversAsian: An Asian American Townhall

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March 23, 2021
Register in advance for a virtual townhall dedicated to process, healing and care on Thursday, March 25 from 10-11 a.m. CT. The purpose of this event is to join in community to collectively grieve and remember all those lost and hurt by anti-Asian violence, xenophobia and racism. Asian American voices will be centered and friends and allies are welcome.

"I'm Sorry" Isn't Enough, Action Must Also Fortify the Spirit of Apology

March 17, 2021
A message from Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion responding to the tragic recent events in Atlanta and its impact on the Asian-American and Pacific-Islander (AAPI) community.

State of Black UT 2021

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Feb. 8, 2021
State of Black UT is a three-day event February 10-12, 2021 that will facilitate discussions and exploration of the work UT has done, is doing, and needs to do to create an inclusive campus. State of Black UT will centralize discussion and unify efforts being made to foster a supportive learning, teaching and working environment for the Black UT community.

Best Practices in URM Mentorship Workshop for Faculty Members in the UT College of Pharmacy

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Jan. 28, 2021
The College of Education's Associate Dean for Equity, Community Engagement and Outreach Richard J. Reddick, Ed.D. offers a workshop for UT Pharmacy faculty on how best to mentor underrepresented minority students in the college. The workshop is Wednesday, February 10 from 12-1 p.m. CT.

Moving Beyond Cultural Competency to Achieve Cultural Safety

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Jan. 26, 2021
UT College of Pharmacy Community: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI) hosts another virtual Readers' Roundtable on Wednesday, January 27 from 12-1 p.m. CT. Moving Beyond Cultural Competency to Achieve Cultural Safety will feature Ph.D. graduate student Dr. Andrew Wash.

Honoring Human Rights Day: Recognizing Non-Western Healing Practices Beyond the Rx

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Dec. 7, 2020
UT College of Pharmacy Community: Join a virtual discussion on Human Rights Day (December 10) at 6 p.m. CT with Fatima Mann, J.D., who co-founded Counter Balance ATX, an Austin-based self-care and social justice organization. The discussion will focus on a respectful awareness and acceptance of others’ non-western practices around healing.

Help ATX Science Olympiad Launch Urban Schools Initiative

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Nov. 17, 2020
UT Science Olympiad, an undergraduate-led nonprofit organization dedicated to science outreach in Central Texas and around the country, has partnered with the College of Pharmacy to launch the Scaffolding Success Program, a STEM mentorship program for middle and high school students. Donate to the HornRaiser crowdfunding campaign by December 9, 2020 to help launch its Urban Schools Initiative.

DiversiTEA Corner, Fall 2020

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Nov. 6, 2020
Read the fall 2020 edition of DiversiTEA Corner, the newsletter about inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility at the UT College of Pharmacy. This semester’s topics include the college's HEED award, virtual seminars, reporting a bias incident, the Pharmacy Initiative Leaders (PILs), transgender pharmacy patients, and many more.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Why Don’t My Providers Look Like Me? A Conversation on Representation

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Oct. 13, 2020
In a podcast produced by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), UT Pharmacy alumnus Christopher Medlin, Pharm.D. ('18) discusses his journey as a Mexican American pharmacist.

UT College of Pharmacy Receives Insight Into Diversity HEED Award

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Oct. 2, 2020
The UT College of Pharmacy received the 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

Diversity Statement

The College of Pharmacy at UT Austin, ranked among the top pharmacy programs in the country, aims to be an exemplar of intersectionally inclusive excellence through a rigorous approach to the understanding of intercultural engagement in our ever-expanding global world and knowledge economy.

The College of Pharmacy further labors to uphold a vision that inspires and challenges, yet explicitly affirms the students, staff, and faculty of our diverse community with authentic appreciation for the differences that engineer our pluralistic ingenuity. Our commitment to be intentionally inclusive in the culture, curriculum, and practices of the College of Pharmacy is resolute.

Statement on Gender Equity and Underrepresented Minorities

The University of Texas at Austin and the College of Pharmacy place a high priority on ensuring that the campus is a place where diverse people, ideas, and perspectives can flourish.  To learn more, visit our UT Office for Inclusion and Equity.

Dr. Carolyn Brown represents the College of Pharmacy on the University Faculty Gender Equity Council.

Dr. Skyller Walkes represents the College of Pharmacy on the Council for Racial and Ethnic Equity and Diversity (CREED).

The University of Texas at Austin Coalition of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers’ Statement of Solidarity with the AAPI community

March 24, 2021

Dear members of the UT Austin community,

It is with deep regret and sadness that we reach out to you about last week’s violence in Atlanta. While the police investigation into the motive for these murders continues, the deaths of these eight victims — six of whom were Asian and seven of whom were women—standout for the backdrop against which they occurred.

For a year, Asian Americans have been violently scapegoated for the devastating pandemic at all levels of U.S. society. Although, historically speaking, this is not the first time the AAPI community has experienced the vitriol of scapegoating and institutional racism. History tells a grim tale of such examples that date back to the mid-nineteenth century.

On the same day of the Atlanta murders, Stop AAPI Hate announced that it has received nearly 3,800 reports of hate incidents against Asian Americans in the past year. Women reported over twice as many incidents as men. These events deeply affect our colleagues, students, alumni, friends, and families within the Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities.

We stand against white supremacy and misogyny. We reaffirm our unequivocal, steadfast support for the many AAPI individuals and women in the UT Austin student body, staff and faculty; you are essential members of our community. We want all members of the UT Austin community to know that they are welcome here, that they are supported and that they belong here. We underscore the importance of allyship in times like these, and encourage you to reach out to and support one another. We all pledge to work together to eradicate hatred and violence.

Should you or anyone you know need added support, please reach out to use University support resources. Students can reach out to the Counseling and Mental Health Center or use the center’s Thrive at UT App at any time. Faculty and staff members can access the many resources identified by the Employee Assistance Program. You can also reach out to your diversity officer in your school. Finally, please consider attending “Confronting Anti-Asian Racism: A Bystander Intervention Workshop” organized by UT faculty and staff.

In solidarity and support,

Edmund T Gordon, Vice Provost of Diversity, University of Texas at Austin

Christine Julien, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Cockrell School of Engineering

Rich Reddick, Associate Dean for Equity, Community Engagement, and Outreach, College of Education

John Yancey, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Fine Arts

Monique Pikus, Director of Diversity and Organizational Climate, College of Liberal Arts

Shelley Payne, Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Natural Sciences

Skyller Walkes, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Pharmacy

Rene Salazar, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Dell Medical School

Sam Moore, Director of Outreach and Diversity Programs, Jackson School of Geosciences

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Director of Civic Engagement, LBJ School of Public Affairs

Raji Srinivasan, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, McCombs School of Business

Ya’Ke Smith, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Moody College of Communication

Shavonne Henderson, Director of Student Equity and Inclusion, School of Law

Esther Calzada, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Phaedra Abbott, Diversity Director, School of Undergraduate Studies

"I'm Sorry" Isn't Enough, Action Must Also Fortify the Spirit of Apology

March 17, 2021

Dear UTCOP Community,

I’m writing to you today looking out of my open window at birds chirping, with the breeze tickling my face, and the sun illuminating all that it shines upon.  By all accounts, it should be a glorious day and yet, my heart couldn’t feel more heavy.  Senseless tragedy has struck our hearts and extended community once again.  Anti-Asian racism is not new and yet, in the past few years, it has continued to gain momentum, becoming even more visible without consequence.  To be silent is to be complicit, and this community cannot and will not be silent in the face of racism or any other pain that denigrates the gift of diversity in our community. 

Along that vein, I’m writing to affirm to our UTCOP community and beyond, that we stand in unapologetic solidarity with our Asian-American and Pacific-Islander (AAPI) -identifying brothers, sisters, and siblings against racism and hate of any kind.  We do this not simply because we are colleagues or peers, but because in principle, we have all experienced another attack on our collective humanity and that is a tragedy for us all. 

Far too often, those with marginalized identities are forced to contend with bigotry and aggression (however covert or insidious), and even violence because we are perceived to be different, perceived to be suspicious, perceived to be a threat, perceived to be anything but beautifully human. To have learned about the despicable murders that occurred in Georgia yesterday evening, where eight people were viciously snatched away from their loved ones, six of whom were Asian-identifying women, broke my heart and bruised my spirit. I’ve no doubt that many of you are experiencing similar pain and many of you are experiencing the type of pain that can only be experienced when loss feels deeply personal.  For that, I am so very sorry- because that sense of loss is eerily familiar.  For that, I am angry- because violence that attempts to rob us of our dignity is cowardice, shameful, and despicable.  For that, I am with you- because we will not let this tragedy be spun in a way that trivializes the sheer brutality of what identity-centric violence does to the spirit of its community members.   Moreover, what it intends to do to the spirit of human dignity.  

It is not critical in this moment to dispute the “why” or try to spin the story to somehow not be about identity in some way, because nothing postulated can help to make sense of this horrific act.  Rather, I will spend my energies underscoring what I DO KNOW.  Each of you matters and your pain is real and justified.  You have a right to feel affirmed not only in this moment and for this heartbreaking reason, but in EVERY MOMENT because you matter and the beauty of your indomitable spirit is celebrated merely because you exist.   You exist beautifully.  This will not be forgotten or abated with the passage of time as so many tragedies are because we return comfortably to our routines.  Rather, in this community, we will hold onto our resolve to be co-conspirators in eliminating hate and standing in the gap for those who are experiencing the pain of marginality and loss.  We will NAME IT because in not doing so, we are protecting the transgression.  We will humbly reject our membership into a community of “victimhood” because we are strong and we will not suffer silently but instead, insist that as a community of activators we refuse to be bystanders to bigotry of any kind, especially the kind that diminishes the unique beauty and human dignity that our diverse community brings. This is not performative.  This is not lip service.  This is not a DEAI action item to check. This is about human dignity and our commitment to embody that philosophy in this college, this university, this country, and our global world.  We have a responsibility in this- yesterday, today, tomorrow, and evermore. 

To my Asian-American and Pacific-Islander-identifying brothers, sisters, and siblings here and throughout the diaspora- YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  YOUR PAIN MATTERS.  YOUR LOSS IS FELT because it is also our loss.  As a reminder, it is our collective responsibility to be vigilant in our efforts of actionable support for anyone who has had to suffer through an identity-centric experience.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Gretchen Rees for mental health support, as we aim to heal.  Sending you love and healing in the spirit of UBUNTU- I am, because you are.

Warmest Regards,
Skyller Walkes, PhD

Anti-Asian Violence Resources

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Please use the button below to view a collection of Anti-Asian Violence Resources. The resource collection includes news, training, allyship information, incident reporting, and mental health services.

Acknowledging the Pain and Progress of Our Indigenous Community

July 12, 2020

Greetings UTCOP Family,

I hope this message finds you well and motivated for another week ahead. This past week was a reflective one for many reasons. Through that reflection, I aim to be intentional in my efforts to amplify the experiences of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities, along with other historically marginalized identities to foster an intentionally inclusive community. In events that none of us could have ever foreseen, these conversations are happening spherically now- in our college, across our institution, and around the nation and world. Some of the dialogue brought forth has been painful (to tell and to hear) and at the same time, even healing. In short, progress is often borne of discomfort, and I’m writing now to underscore this point. Much of the city and campus spaces that our buildings and bodies currently occupy must also be acknowledged with respect to the indigenous lands that were dispossessed, as a consequence.

On July 9th, the Supreme Court ruled that a large part of eastern Oklahoma falls within a Native American reservation. This case served to confront the United States’ long and shameful history of disavowed treaties and the forced removals of Indigenous tribes from their land. Much of which is still residually felt today.




Buttressed by years of demonstrations and protests, it was also determined last week that the Dakota Access Pipeline must now shut down pending an environmental review and subsequently be emptied of oil in August. This was a monumental victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, other Native American communities, and environmental groups who have actively fought the project for years.

I share these current events not as a political statement but to acknowledge the continued struggle and recent gains of the Indigenous community. Our Indigenous brothers, sisters, and siblings are fewer in number, and as a result, are often forgotten and pushed further into the margins by our lack of acknowledgement. Please join me in reflection today and every day in recognizing their struggles and celebrating their contributions to our existence, that which is taught and visible to us, and that which is lesser known.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead…

Warmest Regards,
Skyller Walkes, Ph.D.

DiversiTEA Readers’ Roundtable

March 24, 2021 - Guidance for Male Mentors to Support the Safety and Success of Female Mentees

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Event Details

The UTCOP community, with an emphasis on the participation of interested BOOT mentors, gathered virtually for a facilitated discussion by Drs. Lucas Hill and S. Andrea Lagaudo on March 24th from 12-1pm.  They discussed their paper and strategies surrounding, “Guidance for male mentors to support the safety and success of female mentees.”

Additional Information

Please view the full paper written by Drs. Lucas Hill and S. Andrea Lagaudo titled, “Guidance for male mentors to support the safety and success of female mentees.”

Also, please visit this resource for additional anti-bias information.

A recent article in Chemical & Engineering News also offers relevant information regarding harassment in a laboratory setting, including the experiences of those harassed, administration response, and lasting impacts.

January 27, 2021 - Moving Beyond Cultural Competency to Achieve Cultural Safety with Andrew Wash, PharmD, RPh

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Additional DEAI-Related Events

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Tuesday April 13, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for Introduction to Art Journaling! All you’ll need is a pen or pencil and some paper to start. We’ll look at some examples of Art Journals and talk a bit about the different ways to keep an art journal. Then we’ll also do some easy drawing exercises. Both, looking and drawing an object, and drawing from imagination. Our activities are FREE and open to all Pharmacy students, faculty, staff, and their immediate families. (We ask that all kids have an adult present during the Zoom session - these will be fun activities to do together!). The meeting link will be sent by email.
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Event Status
Thursday April 22, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join the DEAI Committee’s first book club! Our focus is to read to become more knowledgeable, empathetic, and open-minded leaders and health care providers! For the month of April, we will be reading Uniquely Human by Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D, a book about autism. Anyone can join the meeting regardless of whether they’ve read none, half, or all of the book. We are excited to hear your thoughts and look forward to seeing you at our next meeting! The meeting link will be sent by email.

DEAI and Anti-Racism Readings to Further Curriculum Development and Actionable Knowledge

Trigger-warning: not all of these readings are light or palatable.

Still, all voices matter in the struggle against oppression, however insidious or explicit that oppression may be. For some, this may be exploratory, and for others, it may already ring familiar. In any case, I hope you’ll access it in the spirit of growth and community, and as always, I invite you to connect with me should you desire any additional support.

Yours in community,
Skyller Walkes, Ph.D.

Anti-racism in Medicine Collection within MedEdPORTAL

The Association of American Medical Colleges website has provided resource readings that speak to structural racism and oppression in healthcare, while underscoring actionable knowledge. You’ll find their explanation contained in this blurb from the website: “The new Anti-racism in Medicine Collection within MedEdPORTAL provides educators with practice-based, peer-reviewed resources to teach anti-racist knowledge and clinical skills, elevates the educational scholarship of anti-racist curricula, and aims to convene a community of collaborators dedicated to the elimination of racism within medical education.”

The State of Black Immigrants, Part II: Black Immigrants in the Mass Criminalization System

Black immigrants are one of the fastest growing demographics in the United States. Nonetheless, this group remains a novelty in the broader immigration discourse. This report aims to elevate the conditions facing Black immigrants in the United States, drawing particular attention to their experience in the criminal law and immigration systems. This report argues that like African-Americans, Black immigrants experience disparate, often negative, outcomes within various social and economic structures in the U.S., including the country’s mass criminalization and immigration enforcement regimes.

Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS) Letter of Support

Education and Visitor Services Coordinator for UT Austin’s Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS) Kendyll Gross writes a letter of support to the UT Pharmacy community for an upcoming collaboration developed by Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion Skyller Walkes, “Interrogating Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality through Art in Decolonial Art Spaces for Future Pharmacists.”

Decriminalizing Blackness: A Syllabus from the History Department of the University of North Texas

This is a syllabus prepared by UNT’s History Department. It contains several recommendations. Additionally, the department identifies several Black bookstores where these resources can be found – an effective way of demonstrating the value of supporting Black community members through economics.

Syllabus: A History of Anti-Black Racism in Medicine

By Antoine S. Johnson, Elise A. Mitchell, Ayah Nuriddin

The ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is revealing longstanding American health and healthcare disparities yet to be addressed. While some have described COVID as a “great equalizer,” policing, public health, medical care, and public funds are revealing otherwise. COVID-19’s impact on Black people in general and poor and working-class Black people in particular, has elucidated this country’s long disparate treatment of Black people and centuries-long neglect of Black health concerns. We hope this syllabus offers insight into those historical legacies, while simultaneously paving way for equitable health for all underrepresented populations.

Although the focus of this syllabus is the history of anti-Blackness in American medicine, we are aware that many of the texts are not from historians of medicine. Those scholars’ insights, however, are invaluable to our dissertation research and theoretical approaches. The selection of texts here also reveals the gaps that remain between the histories of medicine and science and Black studies. Though this syllabus is certainly not exhaustive, it lays important groundwork for bridging this gap and illustrating that questions of race and racism should be central to studying the histories of medicine and science. We hope that this syllabus serves not as an endpoint–but as a beginning.

Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit Resources

Please note that guest trainer Dr. Vicki Sapp of Geisinger Medical School has three of her professional identity formation cultural humility curriculums peered reviewed, accepted and published with the AAMC for medical professionals.

These resources are meant to aid diverse academic medicine professionals in their career development.

ADL Calendar of Observances

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is a global leader in exposing extremism and delivering anti-bias education, and is a leading organization in training law enforcement.

Statues and Memorials: Whites Writing Whiteness

The politics surrounding and undergirding statues and memorials and societal responses to them was much in the news when this annotated Reading List was being prepared, associated in large part with Black Lives Matter and public statuary of people associated with slavery.

Clearly the issues raised have wider remit too, as old orders give way to new and what was once, at least by those in positions of political authority, seen as worthy of public recognition and memorialization comes under attack, sometimes literally attack.

On July 16, 2020, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) House of Delegates passed two policies related to structural racism, healthcare equity, and pharmacy education.

The members of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy support the Association’s commitment to “…fostering an inclusive community” and “…affirming our commitment to racial equality, equity and justice”; and that as educators, researchers, and healthcare professionals, members of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, justice and anti-racism; and will seek opportunities to eradicate structural and systemic racism to address social determinants of health, diminish health disparities, and promote racial equity.

The bolded section is new policy added to AACP’s existing policy

AACP supports the integration within core curriculum and programs regarding the historical and current impact of structural and systemic racism and cultural biases on health care disparities, including strategies to promote health equity and delivery of culturally competent care.

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education - Systemic Racism and the Pharmacists' Role

Find Community in Affinity University Resource Groups (URGs) for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students

Access the link below for all of the University of Texas at Austin URG webpages:

University Resource Groups (URGs) provide an organized voice on campus for diverse communities within The University of Texas at Austin. The URGs not only provide a way to communicate the needs of these diverse groups to the campus community, but also celebrate the voices, identities, experiences, and talents of the groups. The URGs also provide leadership training and other professional development, community service opportunities, and celebrations such as an annual potluck for all faculty and staff.

The Asian/Asian American Faculty and Staff Association (AAAFSA)

The mission of AAAFSA is to support, celebrate, and empower Asian and Asian American faculty and staff by fostering a community that provides opportunities for networking, communication, and growth — both personal and professional.

The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA)

BFSA is dedicated to visible commitment and inclusion of Black faculty, staff and students. Our mission is to advocate progress through the promotion of professional development, mentoring, networking, wellness, scholarships, and cultural programs.

The Hispanic Faculty Staff Association (HFSA)

HFSA provides opportunities for social and cultural interaction among Hispanic/Latino as well as other interested professionals. We encourage communication, support networking, and serve as a voice for cultural and educational issues.

The Pride and Equity Faculty Staff Association (PEFSA)

PEFSA advances the university’s educational mission by cultivating a safe and inclusive environment that values, celebrates, and affirms the sexual and gender diversity of faculty and staff members.

Virtual Learning Opportunities

Kaplan Racial Inequality in Medicine Webinar Series

Kaplan invited medical educators, experts, and students to take a deep dive into the systemic inequalities that exist within the education system and leading towards actionable solutions to eradicate educational injustices.

Educator & Student Registration

Register for one or more of the upcoming webinars listed below.
Previous webinars were recorded and the titles of each are linked to Kaplan blog posts that include panelist bios alongside the embedded video.

Black Pain Matters: How Historical Medical Assumptions about Black Pain Thresholds Impact Care

Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 6-7 p.m. CT

Historic assumptions and misconceptions about Black pain tolerance continue to impact not only the medical treatment that Black people receive today, but also the gaps in education that all medical students unknowingly face. In this event, our panelists will address well documented racial disparities in treatment―including around COVID-19―and will take a close look at Black case studies that can and should be included in medical curricula.

Racial Disparities in Mental Healthcare

Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 6-7 p.m. CT 

Racial disparities in mental healthcare are rampant. In the US, it is well documented that minorities receive less access to mental health services and lower-quality treatment than their white counterparts. During this event, our panelists will take a deep dive into what defines “racial disparities” in mental healthcare and ways in which treatment and intervention can be improved by prioritizing culturally-diverse training in higher education.

Acknowledging Racial Inequality in Medical Education

 Recorded Tuesday, September 1, 2020 from 6-7 p.m. CT 

Racial inequality in medical education is an undeniable truth, and its impact has far reaching consequences which extend beyond medical school. Today, the rallying cry for the evolution of medical education is loud and clear, but how do we even begin to confront these uncomfortable truths and work towards an equitable solution? The answer begins with acknowledging past―and present―inequality in medical education.

Bodies for Science: History of Experimentation on People of Color

 Recorded Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 6-7 p.m. CT 

The racist history of medical practices in the U.S. are the foundations for a current healthcare system wrought with inequality and fear. In this event, panelists will unpack medical breakthroughs discovered through experimentation of the bodies of people of color as well as medical ethics, existing exploitation of BIPOC and impoverished communities, and proposed solutions for remedying this ongoing atrocity.

Videos & Webinars

Antisemitism and the Far Right in America

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Thank you for attending the faculty panel “Antisemitism and the Far Right in America.” If you would like to re-watch the panel discussion, if you missed it, or want to share it with friends, you can find a recording here.  You can find more resources on contemporary antisemitism at this link.

URM Mentorship Workshop with Dr. Rich Reddick

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The College of Education's Associate Dean for Equity, Community Engagement and Outreach Richard J. Reddick, Ed.D. offered a workshop for UT Pharmacy faculty on how best to mentor underrepresented minority (URM) students in the college.

Web Briefing: Racism and Discrimination in Health Care – Experiences Today and Actions to Address Going Forward

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Interactive web briefing hosted by KFF and the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute that discussed systemic racial discrimination in the health care system and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  Specifically, the briefing addressed earning the trust of individuals and communities regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

Take A Stand On Racial Injustice: Perspectives From Mental Health Experts In Advocacy And Psychiatric Health Care

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Hosted by PsychU, this webinar featured distinguished mental health thought leaders sharing the impact of racism and its trauma on their professional and personal lives. Their discussion covers systemic racism, health care disparities, and the appropriate distribution of resources so that those experiencing mental health crises are attended to in a way that is medically appropriate.

Fighting Hate From Home: Fighting Racism as a Multiracial Jewish Community

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Video discussion hosted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on fighting racism as a multiracial Jewish Community with Ilana Kaufman, Executive Director of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, Gamal Palmer, Schusterman Fellow 2019, Ginna Green, political consultant and strategist, and ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

The 1619 Project’s Virtual Panel on the Historical Roots of the Pandemic’s Racial Disparities

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Black Americans have experienced a vastly disproportionate death rate during the Covid-19 pandemic, magnifying and revealing persistent inequalities that remain an undeniable force in this country. A recent cover story in The New York Times Magazine addressed these tragic disparities and showed how they are connected to a history of systemic racism in the United States. This same history was explored in the magazine’s landmark 1619 Project last summer. Join us for a conversation about how this country’s past has affected its present disparate health outcomes.

Women of Color Need Courageous Allies in the Academy

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A webinar hosted by INSIGHT Into Diversity that brought Black and White women together to share their experiences, perspectives, and potential solutions to common and often challenging interactions. At a time when many people are overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent racial unrest throughout our country, the willingness and knowledge of how to effectively engage with one another is essential.

Women of Color Need Courageous Allies in the Academy: Part Two

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INSIGHT Into Diversity hosted the second webinar in a new discussion series titled “Women of Color Need Courageous Allies in the Academy.” Featuring expert panelists from colleges and universities across the U.S., the series explores how White women can be allies in the fight for racial and gender equality in higher education and society. This session focused on how White colleagues can confront the challenges — personal and professional — of proactive anti-racism and allyship.

Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

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UT alumna and 2020 University Commencement Speaker Brené Brown talks with professor Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

Books to read

Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Beloved by Toni Morrison

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum

White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Iscenberg

America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis

Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? By Mumia Abu-Jamal

A Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Llayla Saad

How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and Asha Bandele

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz

The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther by Jeffrey Haas

Film and television to watch

The Kalief Browder Story (Netflix)

The Innocence Files (Netflix)

Who Killed Malcolm X? (Netflix)

13th (Netflix)

When They See Us (Netflix)

American Son (Netflix)

Just Mercy (Free across multiple streaming platforms during the month of June)

The Hate U Give (Hulu)

If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)

Podcasts to listen to

1619 by the New York Times

About Race


Pod Save the People

Intersectionality Matters!


Read the Fall 2020 edition of DiversiTEA Corner, the newsletter about topics and events regarding inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility at the UT College of Pharmacy.

Past Issues:
DiversiTEA Corner - Spring 2020

DiversiTEA Corner – Fall 2019

College Strategic Plan

For additional information about diversity efforts, see Goal 4 (Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition of an Outstanding and Diverse Faculty and Staff).

Posters and Stickers

The College of Pharmacy has created posters and stickers in multiple languages in an effort to get its message out on creating a climate conducive to learning and creating knowledge for every person in the community. Feel free to download and print these items for your own use, display, and distribution.