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Connective Issues: A UMass Chan diversity and inclusion blog

Connective Issues:

A UMass Chan diversity and inclusion blog 

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    Martin Luther King Jr. Day call for acts of service as means of celebration

    UMass Chan offers multiple opportunities to engage in service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Pipeline programs essential to results for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts

    Pipeline Programs aid in diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism

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    UMass Chan community reflects on the war in the Middle East

    This newsletter was created by our Diversity and Inclusion Office to serve as a platform for the often-unheard voices of individuals living in the margins whose stories are integral to our shared human experience and align with the values and mission of our institution. In this special issue, we seek to do just that by focusing on a story of great breadth and timeliness: the crisis in Israel and Palestine. Through the powerful voices of our community, we aim to shed light on the diverse and nuanced ways individuals within our community have been shaped and transformed because of this long and ongoing crisis.

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    Here’s why we celebrate the ‘Power of Joy’

    In this spirit, the Diversity and Inclusion Office at UMass Chan Medical School created the “Power of Joy” series to explore how joy is used as a mechanism to foster unity, change and resilience in marginalized and/or underrepresented communities.

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    Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity focused on advocacy, education and service

    The Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity (CEOD) at UMass Chan Medical School was formed to ensure everyone in the Medical School community feels seen and heard and has access to opportunities that make them feel a part of the work to create a more diverse, equitable, inclusive and just organization.

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    UMass Chan partners with indigenous neighbors on health equity

    Native American Heritage Month calls us to pause and celebrate indigenous peoples of the past and present and to reflect upon and recommit to the promises we have made to restore right relationships with tribal nations.

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    Campus community plays integral role in meeting diversity, equity and inclusion goals

    While the Diversity and Inclusion Office team takes responsibility in guiding the work, diversity, equity and inclusion work itself is a collective responsibility.

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    Juneteenth holiday an opportunity to learn about African American history

    Juneteenth is being embraced by organizations, municipalities and institutions, which are holding celebrations and providing how to guides for observing the day. As with many holidays that tend to lose their meaning when they become part of mainstream culture, the onus is on all of us to honor Juneteenth by developing a collective awareness of what they mean and by being intentional about the ways we celebrate.

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    Understanding the need for equity and inclusion in medicine for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities

    The first recorded history of Asian immigration to North America was of Filipinos escaping forced labor and enslavement in the 16th century. The 1850s saw a subsequent wave as Asian immigrants provided labor for the California gold rush and the transcontinental railroad. As low wages and economic troubles plagued Americans, blame was placed on the Chinese and led to the “yellow peril” trope and the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act that placed a 21-year immigration ban on the Chinese.

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    Defining the term ‘anti-racism’ and what it means at UMass Chan

    A collective understanding of racism is crucial to work towards antiracism and because racism is systemic, our anti-racist work must also be systemic.

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