Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice.

Student Resources

Student organizations at SPH are central to the aims of DEIJ and are run, organized, and facilitated by students. Groups have a variety of goals and focus on public health issues, common interests, identities, community organizing, intervention, or current curriculum issues. The School of Medicine offers similar groups of interest to med students and those participating in joint MD/MPH programs.

The Activist Lab at SPH provides students and SPH community members with the opportunity to develop tools they can use to be effective change agents. The aim of the Activist Lab is to be a catalyst for bold public health practice that disrupts injustice with tenacity and compassion.

Diversity & Inclusion at the BU Medical Campus is a guide to resources available at all schools on the Medical Campus and at Boston Medical Center, the largest safety-net hospital and busiest trauma and emergency services center in New England. 

 

Faculty and Staff Resources

Learning and Training: opportunities to learn new skills through reading groups, trainings, and workshops on campus, including on the topics of mitigating microaggressions, understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion, and developing inclusive faculty searches and addressing bias.

Interrupting Bias: Calling Out vs. Calling In is a quick and informative primer on how and when to convert uncomfortable conversations into potential mutual understanding.

The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM is a comprehensive guide from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine featuring podcasts, online guides, and multiple reports and topical articles. 

The Importance of Teaching History of Inequities in Public Health Programs is written from the perspective of an educator who developed and teach a course aimed at MPH students called “Historical Roots of Health Inequities.”

Through a Public Health Lens

Racism: Science & Tools for the Public Health Professional is a 2019 ebook from the American Public Health Association which documents the importance of investigating the long-standing differences in health outcomes and understanding the root causes of those differences. 

The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation is an APHA webinar series about racism’s influence on health and disparities.

Culture, Race, and Health: Implications for Racial Inequities and Population Health is an article that proposed that to adequately address health inequities rooted in systemic racism, it is imperative to discuss the function of cultural racism in shaping population health in the United States.

Boston and beyond

For information about living and thriving in Boston, take a look at this crowd-sourced guide to the city and Boston University’s Glossary for Culture Transformation

The National Museum of African American History and Culture offers a great starting point for talking about race for students, parents, caregivers, and people committed to equity. 

158 Resources to Understand Racism in America is a compilation of articles, videos, podcasts and websites from the Smithsonian that chronicle the history of anti-black violence and inequality in the United States.

The New York Times transformed its 1619 Project series into a podcast designed to examine how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.

How Diversity Makes Teams More Innovative is a TED Talk that examines data from 170 different companies to show how innovation flourishes by treating diversity as a competitive advantage. It’s part of a playlist—A Blueprint for Diversity in the Workplace—that offers basics on how to nurture and manage groups of people with different backgrounds and multiple perspectives. 

In The Biology of Gender, From DNA to the Brain, Biologist Karissa Sanbonmatsu explores epigenetics, the emerging study of how DNA activity can permanently change based on social factors like trauma or diet, and what that means for our understanding of gender. Take a deeper dive in Celebrating (and Deconstructing) the Gender Spectrum. 

Please reach out to Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Yvette Cozier at sphdi@bu.edu with any questions or comments.