Interprofessional Dialogues Committee offers new Structural Racism Dialogue series

The Interprofessional Dialogues Committee would like to announce the new Structural Racism Dialogue series. The goal of this committee is to create ways to build a stronger community among faculty, staff and students within the Health Education Campus, across CWRU and with the neighborhoods adjacent to our campus. One of the ways the committee hopes to accomplish this goal is through monthly dialogues about structural racism and how we can all work to mitigate this public health crisis on campus and in our communities.

Each Structural Racism Dialogue will begin with a 15-20 minute presentation on a topic within the theme of structural racism. After the presentation, participants will be placed in Zoom breakout rooms to dialogue about the topic for approximately 30 minutes. At the conclusion of the one-hour dialogue, everyone will reconvene in the large Zoom room to debrief and discuss next steps.

Each topic will be offered twice a month. An individual participant can come to either session as the sessions will address the same topic in a given month. Two different days and times for the same session will be offered in order to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules. The presentations will be recorded and available on the Office for Interprofessional Education, Research and Collaborative Practice’s website. The small-group dialogues will not be recorded.

In September, Robert Solomon, Esq, vice president for the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at Case Western Reserve, will present “Inclusive Excellence: A Cultural Shift.” The sessions will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. Please RSVP using the online form if you are interested in participating in one of the dialogues in September.

In future months, the Structural Racism Dialogue series will occur on the first Monday of the month at from 4 to 5 p.m. and the third Thursday of the month from noon to 1 p.m.  If you have any questions or comments about this series, contact the Office for Interprofessional Education, Research and Collaborative Practice at ipercp@case.edu.