DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION AT THE BWC
The Behavioral Wellness Center is committed to practicing in a way that recognizes how racial, political, cultural, and spiritual processes operate on implicit, explicit, institutional, and individual levels to impact minority populations and populations of color, and LGBTQ communities' experiences. We recognize the pain, loss, and trauma that continues to be experienced by Black, Indigenous People, and People of Color within our community, across the country, and throughout the world. We have given considerable thought to the political-economic roots of systemic racism, violence, and racial trauma and its perverse impact on physical health and emotional well-being of affected communities.
We recognize that racism is sustained by both social and political structures that are grounded in sixteenth century slavery and imperialism. It is maintained through the rules, processes, and opportunity structures that are embedded within the fabric of our society. Today, as worldwide protests demand racial and social justice, the COVID-19 pandemic surfaced light on trauma, violence, xenophobia, healthcare inequities and the dehumanization of marginalized groups. We acknowledge that these collective and individual experiences have the potential to compound feelings of anger, sadness, worry, helplessness, numbness, and grief - all of which are valid. It is important to acknowledge your feelings, take care of yourself, and maintain connection with affirming supports in your life. Please know that we see you and we are here for you.
DGSOM Cultural Affinity Groups
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team at the Behavioral Wellness Center is passionate about connecting with student-led organizations and cultural affinity groups at DGSOM. DEI at BWC collaborates with student organizations, by request, for tabling events, specifically tailored workshops, and an overview of services.
To find out more about DEI affiliated student organizations at DGSOM, click here.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources
The resources presented on this site are suggested resources from the Behavior Wellness Center and are not implying the endorsement, advancement, or support of the following programs and products from UCLA as an entity or from the David Geffen School of Medicine.
- 6 Charts That Dismantle The Trope Of Asian Americans As A Model Minority | NPR.org
- 15 Black Doctors on Social Media You Need to Follow | MEDPAGE Today
- Black Doctors March Shine Spotlight on Institutionalized Racism | The Observer
- California's Latino Physician Crisis | UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative
- California Surgeon General Diana Ramos, MD, Shares Why We Need More Latino Physicians | AMA
- The Day-to-Day Work of Diversity and Inclusion | Harvard Business Review
- The Goals of Care - Is There a (Black) Doctor in the House? | NEJM
- Gaslighting of Black Medical Trainees' Makes Residency Something to 'Survive' | STAT
- In a Diverse State, California's Latino Doctors Push For More of Their Own | Latinx Physicians of California
- In Light of Anti-Asian Attacks, Medicine Needs to Listen to Asian American Trainees | STAT
- Med Students Send Message with Plantation Photo: We Are Our Ancestors' Wildest Dreams | NBC News
- Misogynoir | Journal of Graduate Medical Education
- Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Racial Equality | Harvard Business Review
- People Suffer at Work When They Can't Discuss the Racial Bias They Face Outside of It |Harvard Business Review
- What Will it Take to Level the Playing Field for Black Residents? | STAT
- Who Gets to Graduate from Medical School? | KevinMD
- You Don't Belong Here. You're Not Good Enough. You're No Superhero | KevinMD
- Belonging in Healthcare: The Better Allies Approach to Creating More Inclusive Workplaces, by Karen Catlin
- Black Man in a White Coat, by Damon Tweedy M.D.
- Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care: Your Story/Our Story - A Case-Based Compendium, by Marcus L. Martin, Sheryl Hero, Lisa Moreno-Walton, and Michelle Strickland (editors)
- Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life, by Suzanne Koven
- The Racial Divide in American Medicine: Black Physicians and the Struggle for Justice in Health Care, by Richard D. deShazo MD, MACP (editor)
- The DEI Shift
- The Human Doctor
- The Importance of Black Doctors (14 min.) | NPR
- Integrating Social and Health Equity into Medicine Education and Practice | Finding Joy: The Health Care Professional's Journey to Well-Being
- People Like Us: How Our Identities Shape Health and Educational Success (35 min.) | NPR
- Association of American Indian Physicians
- Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
- Association of Native American Medical Students
- Black Doc Village
- The DEI Shift
- Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)
- Institute for Healing and Justice in Medicine
- LatinX Health and Medical Society
- Medical Organization for Latino Advancement (MOLA)
- UCLA First To Go (First-Gen Bruins)
- UCLA LGBTQ Resource Center
- Vision for Equity
- White Coats Black Doctors Foundation