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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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    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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    Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity to focus on advocacy, service and education at UMass Chan

    The CEOD will now operate with three subcommittees. The advocacy group will advocate for the needs of those with marginalized identities; the service group will provide opportunities for members of the UMass Chan community to serve, engage and collaborate with community partners; and the education group will enhance awareness and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

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    Black History Month and the power of collective agency

    Black History Month was built on the foundation of movements that sought to address racism at its root, with institutions such as universities and faith communities serving as training grounds to prepare active participants for social justice leadership. Today, as we too are anchored in the great gains of the civil rights movement and inspired by the social justice movements of our time, we ought to celebrate the commitments we have made. But if our celebrations do not beckon us to stay on course, recognizing that we have much more work to do, they are aimless.

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    Diversity and Inclusion Office encourages UMass Chan community to ‘move toward an abundance mindset’ during Pie Week Nov 15-19

    Diversity, equity and inclusion have become buzz words in many workplaces across the United States. These three words have led to candid conversations about racism, gender inequality, ageism and the discrimination of LGBTQ persons; dared us to acknowledge how these societal disparities play out in the workplace; and have called us to take radical steps to transform them.

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