July 5, 2022

Town Hall: What is UWSOM doing about racism in medical education?

The UWSOM Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC) committee was created in response to a student led call-to-action held in May 2016. The ARAC committee, composed of students, faculty and staff, was formed with a charge from Dr. Paul Ramsey in August of 2016 to address four areas raised by the students:

  1. Acknowledgement of institutional racism at the UWSOM;
  2. Race, Equity and Justice Initiative at UWSOM grounded in transparency and accountability and creating a culture at UWSOM that acknowledges the histories and experiences of people of color, teaches about health inequalities and social determinants of health, and enables marginalized people to thrive at the UWSOM framed in a model of Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations;
  3. Anti-Racist Education Training, within a year for the UWSOM deans to complete intensive anti-racism education training; and
  4. Coalition for an Anti-Racist UWSOM, work with interested students, faculty, staff and community members to build an inclusive community to add to and improve upon the list of demands developed by the Students for an Anti-Racist UWSOM (SARU) and take active steps to creating an anti-racist medical institution.

The ARAC committee’s initial recommendations and future plans were finalized in December, 2017, and will be discussed at a town hall meeting on February 22, 2018.

Following are links to documents and information relevant to the Town Hall meeting:

SARU_Demands – May 2016
SARU Call to Action – May 2016
Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC) Charge Letter – Aug 2016
Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC) Report – Dec 2017
Future of the Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC) – Dec 2017