Black Lives Matter - UA COM-P

White Coats 4 Black Lives

Our History

BLM UACOMP started out as AZ Healthcare students for Social Justice. In response and solidarity with the George Floyd Protests, UA COM-P students organized with other medical school students in Arizona to participate and support protestors.

Our Initiatives

In June 2020, students and black alumni association published statements on specific action steps for UA COMP to take. In response, the school responded with 12 Action steps towards inclusive Excellence. Our current focuses are holding our school leadership to their word and helping create curriculum that is reflective of our values.

Our School's Commitments

  1. Create a scholarship fund for medical students interested in serving the underserved Black/African American community.
  2. Conduct an annual review of the recruitment and admissions process, collaboratively guided by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and college leadership. Identify opportunities for improvement related to recruitment, training of reviewers and interviewers for unconscious bias, applicant screening criteria and admissions committee composition.
  3. Establish new and strengthen existing strategies to recruit and hire more Black and other underrepresented in medicine (URM) faculty, staff and leadership:
  4. Develop a plan for Graduate Medical Education (GME) diversity efforts in collaboration with GME Diversity Subcommittee.
  5. Launch a development campaign for an Endowed Chair of Health Justice and Equity Research. An endowed chair is a position permanently paid for with the revenue from an endowment fund specifically set up for that purpose. The required gift to establish an endowed chair is between $1 million – $2.5 million.
  6. Provide mandatory annual unconscious bias training for all faculty, students, staff, residents, fellows and postdocs.
  7. Create a plan for curricular integration of topics related to race, racism and SDOH in medicine that incorporates recommendations from the students’ statement and the Black alumni statement (PDF).
  8. Report the full range of efforts by departments, faculty and staff to advance Inclusive Excellence via annual departmental reviews, UA Vitae and Career Conversations.
  9. Create a director of Mentoring position to facilitate mentoring and career development for URM students.
  10. Support the formation of employee resource groups for faculty and staff of color and other groups.
  11. Issue a statement on the college's website recognizing racism as a public health issue in line with AAMC and AMA.
  12. Generate stories, campaigns, art instillations that uplift Black and additional URM voices in medicine and society.

*Things that have been struck through are completed actions. Things that have been italicized are actively being workedo n.