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    RBHS Anti-Racism Initiative

    The RBHS Anti-Racism Initiative was launched in Fall 2020. The goal of the initiative is to ensure that we are actively anti-racist in all our people-related practices, in our classrooms, clinical settings, and throughout our workplace.

    Engage

    In deeper listening and dialogue across RBHS (faculty, staff, learners, trainees, and community)

    Examine

    Self-assess RBHS climate, stakeholder needs in order to inform and prioritize next steps

    Educate

    Our RBHS learners with enhanced curricula that develop structural competency, and address structural racism and social justice

    Empower

    Our faculty, staff, learners, and trainees to recognize bias and to act as allies to mitigate bias for a climate of respect

    Evaluate

    Our anti-racism efforts regularly

    Initial Action Plan/Steps
    Engage

    • Establish an RBHS Anti-Racism Taskforce (with faculty, staff, learners, trainees)
    • Conversations on Racism series with all stakeholders
    • With Rutgers University on system-wide synergies

      Examine

    • Self-assessment of Climate
    • Emerging themes from Conversations on Racism that inform next steps

      Educate

    • RBHS-wide requirement on structural competency
    • Enhanced curricula that address structural racism, health equity, and social justice

      Empower

    • Allies that “See bias and Block bias” through implicit bias, anti-racism, and up-stander trainings
    • Faculty educators with skills to address these issues
    • Ombudsperson and processes to report and address bias

      Evaluate

    • Benchmark Climate data
    • Dashboards by Unit
    • Diversity Action Plan by Unit
    • Recruitment, hiring, promotions, and search committee data
    • Curricular maps

    RBHS Anti-Racism Task Force
    The overall Anti-Racism initiative consists of over 70 faculty, staff, students, and residents across all schools and institutes at RBHS. Anti-Racism Task Force Members Chair: Charlotte Thomas-Hawkins, Faculty, School of Nursing

    • Aditi Mahapatra, Student, School of Nursing
    • Antoine St. Victor, Student, New Jersey Medical School
    • Bianca Thompson-Owen, Staff, School of Health Professions
    • Brianna Mengini, Post-Doc, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
    • Evelyne Gone, Faculty, New Jersey Medical School
    • Gabrielle Jacob, Student, School of Public Health
    • Herminio Perez, Faculty, School of Dental Medicine
    • Humberto Jimenez, Faculty, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
    • Indira Amato, Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    • Jaya Sagatopan, Faculty, School of Public Health
    • Jerome Langer, Faculty, School of Graduate Studies
    • Joachim Sackey, Faculty, School of Health Professions
    • Jose Centeno, Faculty, School of Health Professions
    • Juan Alvarado, Student, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
    • Kimberly Deas, Student, School of Health Professions
    • Marc Berenson, Resident, New Jersey Medical School
    • Marc Sturgill, Faculty, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
    • Megan Maroney, Faculty, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
    • Memphis Diaz Garcia, Resident, University Behavioral Health Care
    • Michael Vega, Staff, School of Public Health
    • Monique Boliko, Post Doc, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
    • Nancy Cintron, Staff, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
    • Nandini Patel, Student, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
    • Nataki Douglas, Faculty, New Jersey Medical School
    • Nav Narayanan, Faculty, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
    • Patricia Whitley-Williams, Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    • Ravi Maharajh, Staff, University Behavioral Health Care
    • Richard Barnes, Faculty, School of Public Health
    • Robin Eubanks, Faculty, School of Health Professions
    • Sayeeda Suber, Staff, New Jersey Medical School
    • Shilpa Pai, Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    • Steve Glogocheski, Staff, School of Nursing
    • Teri Lassiter, Faculty, School of Public Health
    • Toluolope Fadahunsi, Student, School of Health Professions
    • Willetta A. Boswell, Staff, Cancer Institute of New Jersey
    • Zaire Ali, Student, School of Public Health
    • Zorimar Rivera-Nunez, Faculty, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute

    Anti-Racism Task Force Workgroups

    Climate Survey Workgroup

    Co-chairs:

    • Nancy Cintron, Staff, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
    • Herminio Perez, Faculty, School of Dental Medicine

    Conversations on Racism Workgroup

    Co-chairs:

    • Patricia Whitley-Willams, Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    • Teri Lassiter, Faculty, School of Public Health

    Education, Competency, & Curricula Workgroup

    Co-chairs:

    • Jose Centeno, Faculty, School of Health Professions
    • Zorimar Rivera-Nunez, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute

    Training/Certificate Programs Workgroup

    Chair:

    • Sangeeta Lamba, Faculty, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences