In response to the current civil unrest brought to light by recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the many others who have suffered at the hand of oppression, UCR Healthy Campus in partnership with the Well is establishing a Public Health Anti-Racism subcommittee dedicated to addressing racism as a public health issue.
The committee will:
- Explore and identify the current climate as it relates to health inequities, racism, and public health.
- Establish relationships with a wide variety of key stakeholders and engage them in ongoing efforts.
- Identify solutions and make recommendations for a more just and equitable campus community where health and social justice are prioritized and institutionalized.
Our mission is to continue ongoing efforts and initiatives to create a culture of health and well-being that recognizes the systemic oppression and racism that affects structurally vulnerable populations and celebrates diversity, strives for health equity, and healthy working and learning environments.
We invite you to engage in a discussion on ways our campus community can create antiracist environments. We are hosting a Healthy Campus Forum on August 20, 2020 from 1:00-3:00pm. Your participation is important to inform and shape the direction of the subcommittee. Together we will identify the needs, resources, and strategies to build a healthier and more equitable campus community. This forum will provide a space for our campus community to identify ways to address systemic racism and move toward addressing the structural and social determinants of health.
Please RSVP here by August 14, 2020. Feel free to invite others that may want to participate and contribute.
Ann Cheney, Faculty, School of Medicine and Co-Chair of Healthy Campus
Julie Chobdee, Wellness Program Coordinator and Co-Chair of Healthy Campus
Devon Sakamoto, Director, The Well
Marisol Torres, Health Educator, The Well