Course Goals

  • Learn foundational principles of antiracist theory and methodology.
  • Understand levels of bias and oppression by examining their impact on individuals, communities, and institutions in the scientific community.
  • Explore how antiracism can manifest in one’s personal and professional life.
  • Reflect on how non-inclusiveness in biomedical research may bias the distribution of benefits, inflict harm, and increase risk for people, stakeholders, and communities.
  • Reflect on how non-inclusiveness may bias team productivity and wellbeing, career advancement, individual performance and wellbeing, and innovation.
  • Implement the knowledge learned from this series by practicing actionable steps.
  • Cultivate and grow an antiracist learning community.

Research has demonstrated that bias and racism continue to infiltrate many aspects of the medical and biomedical field – from hiring practices to mentoring and promotion to publishing. This workshop series is designed to empower participants with the tools to resist racism and racist practices and to work towards positive change.

Through these five sessions, facilitators will present an overview of antiracist theory and methodology. Building on this foundational knowledge, participants will then explore how an antiracism practice can improve their experiences in their respective fields, help them recast an existing project or problem through an antiracist lens, and empower them to be actively antiracist in their professional and personal lives.

This series is designed to be a holistic learning experience and build a learning community of peers that will extend beyond the course. Participants will be able to engage with content in a way that meets their needs and they are encouraged to reflect on personal and professional experiences while expanding their knowledge in this area.

Session dates

Session 1: March 21, 2024 | 1:00-2:30pm

Session 2: March 28, 2024 | 12:00-1:30pm

Session 3: April 4, 2024 | 1:00-2:30pm

Session 4: April 11, 2024 | 1:00-2:30pm

Session 5: April 18, 2024 | 1:00-2:30pm

Audience

This series is designed for staff, faculty, and trainees at Harvard-affiliated schools and institutions.

We believe that the research community is strengthened by understanding how a number of factors including gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, national origin, language, disability, and age shape the environment in which we live and work, affect each of our personal identities, and impacts all areas of human health.

Eligibility

Those with an interest in developing an antiracist action plan and availability to attend all five sessions, committing to approximately one hour of work between each session.

Fee

This series is free for Harvard Medical School-affiliated applicants.

Apply

Application deadline is February 28, 2024 at 12:00pm EST.