The leadership of the SPHHS is determined to support its call for anti-racism with action. It is why we created the Center for Community Health Equity Research; why we support the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network with whom we sponsor a bi-annual Health Equity Summit; and why our outreach and engagement office has launched the SPHHS Health Equity Summer Fellowship Program in partnership with the Upward Bound program. But we must do more. We are currently examining the policies and procedures in the school to remove systemic processes and/or criteria that perpetuate racism and discrimination due to sexual orientation, religion, or social class.
Additional events will include: virtual discussions on how structural racism affects health; anti-racist and social justice-oriented pedagogy; public policy advocacy; and curricular revisions to build our students’ capacity to understand and dismantle structural racism. We hope that our valued partners, including alumni and community members, will join us in these efforts. This historical moment calls us to act; no one can afford to be a bystander to ongoing injustice. By protecting and supporting Black lives, we will improve the lives of all people of color.
The SPHHS invites you to submit your pledge to highlight our shared commitment to anti-racism and a healthier, more just society.
- For Faculty and Staff: Historic Roots of Structural Racism (October 5, 2:30-4:00 pm), featuring speaker Mo Barbosa, Director of Community Engagement at Health Resources in Action.
- Health Equity Webinar Series: Closing the Digital Divide and Achieving Digital Equity (October 21, 12:00-1:00 pm) featuring speakers Frank Robinson ‘94PhD, Vice President of Public Health & Community Relations at Baystate Health Systems, Paul Foster, Chief Information and Accountability Officer for the Springfield Public Schools, and Paul Murphy, incoming Board Chair of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Register here.
- Health Equity Webinar Series: Is It Time to Consider Using Human Rights Standards to Look at Health? (October 28, 12:00-1:00 pm), featuring speaker Loretta Ross. Register here.
- Health Equity Webinar Series: What Can Public Health Practice Learn About Reproductive Justice? (November 18, 12:00-1:00 pm), featuring speaker Loretta Ross.
- Health Equity Webinar Series: Calling In Not Calling Out (September 23, 12:00-1:00 pm), featuring speaker Loretta Ross, Visiting Associate Professor, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, at Smith College.
- Memorandum from Dean Siega-Riz to Members of the School and Department Personnel Committees: Reducing Gender and Racial Bias in Promotion and Tenure Decisions (September 9, 2020)
- SPHHS and WMHEN Announce Health Equity Webinar Series
- SPHHS Hosts Anti-Racism Webinar
- A Message from the Dean – June 2020
- Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Anti-Racism Resources
- Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources
- Office of the Provost Resources
- ASPPH Statement: Racism is a Public Health Crisis
- APHA: Racism and Health
- Scaffolding anti-racism resources
- Camara Jones, APHA Past-President, on “Allegories on race and racism” (video)
- Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility, on “Debunking the most common myths white people tell about race” (video)
- Racism in the United States: Implications for the Helping Professions (Counseling Diverse Populations) (book)
- If you want more women in your workforce, here’s how to recruit (Nature.com article)