Resources for Combating Systemic Racism

Over the past few weeks, our nation has been shaken to its core by the tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. The graphic video footage has laid bare the reality of systemic racism and injustice plaguing our country, even attracting the attention of many who had previously turned a blind eye.

We have read the powerful statements condemning racism in all its forms and committing to positive change from our leaders within UFCOM, UF Health, UF, and the broader academic medicine community. As healthcare professionals, scientists, and students, we have a calling to be part of the solution. Like the COVID-19 pandemic, the racism pandemic is a public health emergency that requires us all to act together to promote the safety and well-being of our community at UFCOM and beyond.

For those who want to learn more about systemic racism, self-education is key. Please do not further burden your Black friends and colleagues by asking them to expend the energy necessary to educate you. Rather, do the work and use existing resources to learn more on your own. Here are some helpful resources to get you started (this is by no means an exhaustive list!):

  • Online Training:
  • Videos:
  • Articles:
  • Books:
  • Local Organization:

For those who want to be a better ally, here are a few resources to get you started:

For those who are struggling emotionally, please remember the importance of self-care. During this emotionally-charged time, reach out to your support system and take advantage of the resources available to you.

  • FOR STUDENTS:
  • FOR FACULTY/RESIDENTS/STAFF:

During this difficult time, we can all work to build a stronger and more supportive community.

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