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Course Announcement: Understanding the Roots of Racism and Bias - UCSF

After completing a curriculum building process that has taken more than ten years, and an application process that took longer than one year, I am ecstatic, grateful, and pleased to announce Understanding the Roots of Racism and Bias: Anti-Blackness, and Its Link to White Racism, Privilege, and Power. This course is accredited through the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and provides Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for clinicians (physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and all other health professionals). It has also certified through the State Bar of California for the past three years, and currently provides 16 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit to attorneys in the state of California.

The course is open to anyone who would like to thoroughly examine the evolution and construction of racism in the United States; a color caste system built predominantly upon the tenets of Whiteness, anti-Blackness, and anti-non-Whiteness. Please share this opportunity with as many people you think could benefit from the experience. You can also click here to register.

I would like to thank Alexis Cobbins, a fierce Black female, leader, sister, and ally – who paved the way for my work to touch the lives of countless peoples. Our connection has been a divine appointment. I would also like to thank Rebecca Kriz, a consistent White ally, friend, and coconspirator; and Jaontra Henderson – my partner, ally, and friend for your collaboration, hard work, and organizing. Our efforts paid off! Dr. Larry Rand, thank you for your partnership, friendship, support, belief, and agreement to bring this work to UCSF.

I feel extremely honored to have this opportunity because this endeavor has the potential to reach and transform the lives of so many people who are ready to go through the process of decolonization, liberation, transformation, and empowerment. It also has the potential to change the ways in which healthcare is provided to Black people, and people who have been pathologized and minoritized simply as “people of color”.

Understanding and addressing the functionalities of institutional, structural, systematic, cultural, psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual racism is a critical feat, a must. It is the difference between life and death for Black people, people minoritized as "people of color", and people classified as White people. Racism is relentless and unending. Therefore, our efforts must also be unending and relentless.

Please join me in this experience. See you there!

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