Department-Based Resources

  • Department DE&I Advisory Committee: Currently under formation. Send interest in participating to janetbraun@wustl.edu
  • Diversity Book Discussions: Visit Education Program page for current book and details.
  • Department hosting of Diversity 1.0 – 4.0: Visit Education Program page for details.
    Presented by the WUSM office of DE&I

WUSM-Based Resources

Listening Sessions: How Racism Harms

The campus Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invites you to participate in community listening sessions to provide space for people to come together and process current events. Please read the information below about the structure of these sessions and then click here to visit their events calendar and register.  

These sessions will allow participants to acknowledge and dialogue about the many and layered ways in which racism harms, specifically Black & African American communities, regarding death from police encounters and COVID-19. The sessions will be facilitated using a Restorative Justice approach to encourage acknowledgment of harm and support healing.  

Currently, sessions are being hosted for people based on role, (staff, med student, postdoc/grad student, faculty, resident/fellow). Please be sure to click the session title that matches your role. This will help mitigate some concerns around power imbalance during dialogue. During the sessions, individuals will go to breakout rooms to provide space for shared identity groups. For the purposes of these listening sessions, focused on acknowledging and understanding the harm of racism in deeper more meaningful ways, space will be provided for people who identify as white and people who identify as BIPOC, (Black, Indigenous & People of Color).  We are using the BIPOC term because it is inclusive to people who identify as People of Color while recognizing the disparate experiences and outcomes that Indigenous and Black (African American) people have with police in the U.S. For more information please visit: https://www.thebipocproject.org/.

Reading Materials

  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
  • Colorblind Racism by Meghan Burke
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Racist America: Roots, Current Realities and Future Reparations by Joe R. Feagin and Kimberley Ducey
  • White Fragility, Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo