It Starts With Me: Conversations about Identity, Privilege and Intersectionality.

Thanks to those of you who were able to join us for our second session “It Starts With Me: Conversations about Identity, Privilege and Intersectionality.”  If you missed this event you may find the material at  As a follow up to our discussions this month, think about the following:

On the topic of race as a social construct

Find a colleague and

  •  Share examples where you have experienced race presented as a biologic construct in medicine
  • Practice explaining race as a social construct to each other

On the topic of privilege

  • Reflect on your identity.  What are your privileges? How can you use them for positive impact?
  • How does your identity, particularly your privileges, impact how you engage in your work? With your colleagues? With patients?

Below is homework for the November 3rd session for those who like to work ahead. This is a bigger assignment than previous ones so give yourself enough time to complete this by November.

Again we will have video conferencing available for other sites.  Please let me know if your site will be participating.

- Members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. ” Martin Luther King, Jr.