MCW Equity Influencer Series
The Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity invites all students to engage in the Equity Influencer Series. This five-part summer series will feature MCW and community leaders who are dedicated to dismantling structural racism, standing up for social justice, and achieving health equity. This is intended to be a space for authentic, raw, and action-oriented discussions for all students surrounding critical topics including racism, police and violence, advocacy, allyship, and supporting Milwaukee Black-owned businesses. This series is intended for MCW Students only.
All learners should take the time to learn more about topics such as race and racism, inclusion efforts and systemic violence. Self-education is an important first step in actively engaging in this work and is a life -long process. Here are some resources to continue your commitment to inclusive excellence and becoming a culturally-responsive health scientist.
Police Brutality Must Stop | American Medical Association
"AMA policy recognizes that physical or verbal violence between law enforcement officers and the public, particularly among Black and Brown communities where these incidents are more prevalent and pervasive..."
Black Man in a White Coat | Damon Tweedy, MD
"[This book] examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine."
Just Mercy | Brian Stevenson
"This book tells the story of Bryan Stevenson's attempts to help those on death row in the US, particularly those in the state of Alabama"
The New Jim Crow | Michelle Alexander
"The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status..."
Medical Apartheid | Harriet A. Washington
"From the era of slavery to the present day, the first full history of black America’s shocking mistreatment as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects..."
A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind | Harriet A. Washington
"A "powerful and indispensable" look at the devastating consequences of environmental racism and what we can do to remedy its toxic effects on marginalized communities."
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? | Beverly Daniel Tatum
"Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy?"
What I Learned from a Lynching Survivor About Anger | Reggie Jackson (YouTube)
"In this talk, Jackson shares what he has learned about dealing with anger in a positive way from his mentor, Dr. James Cameron, the only known lynching survivor and founder of America's Black Holocaust Museum."
Unnatural Causes | PBS
"This is a story about health, but it’s not about doctors or drugs. It’s about why some of us get sicker more often and die sooner and what causes us to fall ill in the first place."
Interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter |TEDWomen2016
"In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement's three founders share what they've learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities."
Born Into It with Quinn Capers, MD | TEDx
"A Physician/Activist, Dr. Quinn Capers IV" introduces some of his medical role models that were also activists for African American civil rights and calls all of us to use our careers to create positive change.
I Am Not Your Negro | Netflix
"Based on James Baldwin's unfinished book, this visual essay explores racism through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr."
13th | Netflix
"In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S prison boom."
Seeing White | Scene on the Radio Podcast
What does it mean to be white? What is the meaning of “whiteness”? John Biewen grapples with these questions.
1619 | The New York Times
"An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling."
Intersectionality Matters! | African American Policy Forum and Kimberle Crenshaw
"The podcast that brings intersectionality to life."
Throughline | NPR
"The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world."
Floodlines | The Atlantic
The story of an unnatural disaster. Hosted by Vann R. Newkirk II.
As we rally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and tackle systemic racism, many wonder what actions they can take. Increasing individual and corporate support for Black-owned and minority-owned businesses is one step that we can all take to ensure our dollars align with our values. Below are some resources for Milwaukee Black-owned business as you consider to support:
Milwaukee African American Chamber of Commerce
"The mission is to foster growth in the African-American business community. Partnership, business expansion, business growth and jobs creation are the keys to the success."
An app that promotes black-owned and black-operated businesses in Milwaukee.
Our institutional Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) has many resources available as well, whether you are seeking ways to get started or interested in hearing different perspectives.