"As. Dr. Jones and Dr. Gomez both discussed today, it is not enough to be passively colorblind, we must be actively anti-racist. I encourage you to proactively develop your workplace, teaching environment, and social community into safe spaces for people of color and other marginalized communities...
Geisel is currently revitalizing our chapter of White Coats 4 Black Lives (WC4BL). In light of the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Riah Milton and Dominique Rem'Mie Fells, and countless more, as well as the continued acts of police brutality and violence towards BIPOC, it has become abundantly clear that the need for action is now. Or rather, the need has always been present, but the time for real change is now. Geisel has already seen the beginnings of these changes, but we must keep the momentum going--dismantling decades of systemic injustice and oppression takes time. It is a marathon, not a sprint.
With that in mind, here is an introduction to what WC4BL is--
WC4BL is a national medical student-run organization with a mission of dismantling racism in medicine and promoting the health, well-being, and self-determination of people of color.
WC4BL has three main goals:
1. Foster dialogue on racism as a public health concern.
2. End racial discrimination in medical care.
3. Prepare future physicians to be advocates for racial justice.
In pursuit of these goals, we are centered on direct action and concrete change, rather than solely performative allyship.
Additionally, while this is a student lead organization, this work extends to include all healthcare professionals who share this mission. We welcome all DHMC employees in solidarity, and will continue together to spread this work throughout Geisel and DHMC.
If you would like to be part of this organization, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to the work and collaboration to come.