Black Lives Matter - UA COM-P

White Coats 4 Black Lives

Our Mission

The White Coats for Black Lives chapter at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix recognizes the history of systemic racism in our country, especially the role it plays in creating health disparities and inequitable health outcomes for patients of color. As such, we aim to dismantle racism in medicine and promote the health, well-being, and self-determination of BIPOC. Black Lives Matter UACOM-P started out as AZ Healthcare Students for Social Justice. However, in the wake of the death of George Floyd in 2020 and in response to and in solidarity with the subsequent protests, UACOM-P students organized with other medical school students in Arizona to participate and support protestors.  The Black Alumni Association published statements on specific action steps for UA COMP to take, and the school responded with 12 Action Steps Toward Inclusive Excellence. We have since joined the national White Coats for Black Lives Organization. We recognize the longitudinal, difficult, and crucial nature of anti-racism work beyond last year's events, and continue to be committed to these efforts in forms of advocacy, education, and discussion, so that we can change the system and learn how to both understand and fight against racism in healthcare. 


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