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Grace Lee Boggs, Civil rights and labour activist, author, feminist.

policy Disruption of all forms of racism

In 2020, the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences’ Faculty Executive Council approved the Disruption of all forms of racism policy, the first anti-racism policy to be passed by any faculty or post-secondary institution in Canada.

Why an anti-racism policy specifically? Well, if a policy does not take race into account in a meaningful way, then racism can remain “invisible” or can be deemed to be nonexistent and therefore allowed to persist and potentially increase. We must be proactive not reactive.

This policy constitutes a formal recognition of racial harassment, discrimination, vilification, and racism.

It is an affirmation of:

  • The histories of dispossession, enslavement, genocide and their legacies
  • Ongoing settler colonial projects
  • The humanity, rights, dignity and safety of BIPOC students, staff and faculty

Visit the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences policy page to read the full text.

Learning module

Learning module 1: Disruption of all forms of racism policy 

This is a slide show intended for students, staff, faculty and external parties to provide an introductory understanding of the concepts related to racism and the issues the policy was created to address as well as providing a historical context.

Anti-racism learning module (.pptx)

Note: to open the downloaded file, select "read only". No password is required.

Anti-racism and social justice toolkit

The Rady Faculty of Health Science’s Offices of Anti-Racism and Equity, Access and Participation have been leading the work to set standards for anti-racism and social justice in our faculty, and provide educational resources and opportunities.

Anti-racism resources

Materials to support, educate and inform our community.

Books

 

Billie Allan and V. C. Rhonda Hackett. (2022). Decolonizing equity. Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood Publishing.
 
Gulzar R. Charania. (2023). Fighting feelings: Lessons in gendered racism and queer life. Vancouver: UBC Press.
 
Dr. Arline T. Geronimus. (2023). Weathering: The extraordinary stress of an ordinary life in an unjust society. 
 
Leah Laksmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. (2022). The future is disabled: Prophecies, love notes, and mourning songs. Vancouver, BC: Arsenal Pulp Press.
 
Cara Page and Erica Woodland. (2023). Healing justice lineages: Dreaming at the crossroads of liberation, collective care, and safety. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
 
Anna Sowemimo. (2023). Divided: Racism, medicine and why we need to decolonise healthcare. London, UK: Wellcome Books.

 

Data collection/library guide

Data collection

NOTE: Documents will be provided in an alternate format on request.

Library guide

Glossary

To create a shared understanding, we have posted a selection of terms taken from the Rady Faculty of Health Science's Disruption of all forms of racism policy. This is not an exhaustive list.

Explore the glossary

Blog: Race matters

  • Portrait of Dr. Marcia Anderson and Dr. Delia Douglas.
  • The doctor and the sociologist

    Join Dr. Marcia Anderson and Dr. Delia Douglas for a discussion of racism-related issues that impact us all.

    Race matters blog

Days of significance

To enhance our knowledge and create a shared understanding of our community the following calendar contains cultural, religious, national, and international Days of Significance. This is a living calendar; some dates will change from year to year according to various religious and/or cultural calendars.

Black health and wellness

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to addressing the varied health disparities and inequities that affect Black communities.

International Decade for People of African Descent

In December 2014, the UN General Assembly, passed Resolution 68/237, proclaiming the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). “The Decade is a unique platform that emphasizes the important contribution made by people of African descent to every society, and promotes concrete measures to stop discrimination and promote their full inclusion.”

Black health and wellness: Resources to support Rady’s response to the Scarborough Charter

In 2016, at the invitation of the Government of Canada, the Working Group of experts on People of African descent visited Canada. Their findings confirmed that across the country people of African descent live in poverty experience poor health and low rates of educational achievement and are over represented in the criminal justice system. These resources are part of the RFHS’s response to the UN Working Group’s Recommendations and the Scarborough Charter to improve Black health through education and research and to address anti-Black racism and the interconnected systems that impact the health and wellbeing of Black communities across Canada.

Scarborough Charter library guide

Parallel pandemics

The pandemics of racism and COVID-19 constitute a meeting-grounds of life and death for Indigenous, Black and racialized people. Racism is a public health crisis - the pandemic is a health crisis - racism is a pandemic.

Meeting grounds: Collaborating for change

The Office of Anti-Racism will be hosting a range of activities over the course of the academic year to enhance our racial literacy.

  • Graffiti spray-painted on a brick wall reading "racial justice."
  • Some of the topics will include:

    • Black health and wellness
    • Integrative anti-racism and critical race theory
    • Anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Black racism, and Black-Indigenous relations
    • Intersections, coalitions and false equivalencies: the indivisible connections between racial, gender, and lgbtqia+ justice
    • Disrupting whiteness: Continuing difficult conversations

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Contact us

Office of Anti-Racism
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
P304 B – 770 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0W3