CCHE thanks our colleagues in the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) for the incredible virtual discussion hosted on July 8, Committed to Change: A Call to Action, Understanding How Racism Shows Up and Impacts Students and Alumni Engagement.
If you were unable to participate in the live program, we strongly encourage you to watch the video capture.
An array of professionals represented a broad cross-section of UW alumni, all with powerful messages about how systematic racism exists on predominantly white campuses like ours, how this affected their experiences at UW, and how action towards change requires empathy, intention and focus with an eye toward equity and justice for all by all.
This timely call to action from UW-Madison aligns with our mission and commitment to lasting partnerships that engage university and community in collaborative teaching, research and service initiatives to achieve health equity in Wisconsin. Here at CCHE we are committed to community engagement models intended to support and inform during COVID (CCHE:Live programming), supporting the ‘Building Trust’ educational program, and working closely with our School’s leadership team to prioritize training to increase by-stander/allyship skills for white-identified colleagues. The anti-racism conversation spearheaded by CCHE Associate Director Dr. Angela Byars-Winston that took place during the June 22 SMPH Town Hall was a significant first step for this urgent SMPH priority.
We join the DDEEA session moderator Mr. Grady Crosby of Johnson Controls in commending the event organizers and executive leadership team, including colleagues Ms. Tracy Williams-Maclin, Senior Director of External Relations, Partnerships and Development; Dr. Cheryl Gittens, Assistant Vice Provost in DDEEA & Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer; and Mr. Patrick Sims, the outgoing Deputy Vice Chancellor and CDO.
Please make time to hear the program, check out the readings and resources shared in advance of the event, and declare your action steps! View recording and resources here.