College of Science and Health > About > Diversity, Equity & Inclusion > Anti-Racism Statement
The DePaul University College of Science and Health (CSH) acknowledges the individual and structural racism embedded in our science, education, and healthcare systems. We recognize the culture of racial oppression and the deep history of European colonialism and white supremacy installed in all science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) fields, nursing, and all healthcare professions. The fields of science and health have largely ignored the needs of and contributions from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and in some situations have used science and health systems to harm them. This has furthered healthcare disparities, under-representation of BIPOC people in the fields of science and health, and contributes to a distrust of science and healthcare systems. Acknowledgement of these truths inspires a call for introspection, collective consciousness, and action. We must seek to unlearn, learn, and practice our commitment to combat racism daily. We recognize the painful history and ongoing racist misconduct of scientists and healthcare practitioners that overshadows and adds to the challenge and importance of our anti-racism work. In response, we firmly commit to disarming racism by reasserting diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values of our college and coming together as one community of students, staff, faculty, and community partners in support of each and every one of our members of color, in condemning racism in all of its forms.
As the College of Science and Health, our mission is to prepare scientists, healthcare and nursing leaders who are committed to creating equitable, socially just and anti-racist environments. Through authentic experiences in and outside the classroom, we educate our students to be engaged citizens that are prepared to exercise their knowledge of science and medicine toward the equitable service of their communities in a manner that upholds the dignity of all people. Our commitment to combat racism aligns with DePaul’s University commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization.
DePaul University, has affirmed the commitment, “as an institution – to combat racism by all available and appropriate means, and as a matter of the highest priority, preferably in continuous cooperation with affected communities.” Examples of commitments, at the university level include: strengthening existing diversity, enactment of equity and inclusion programs and initiatives, auditing intra-organizational processes and procedures for practices of exclusion and structural racism, encouraging each college and division to host anti-racist conversations next year, and committing to join these conversations. Each college is compelled to initiate or enhance curricula building understanding and empathy for peoples impacted by racism.
In the College of Science and Health, we believe that to be effective in this anti-racist initiative we must work together to challenge the status quo within our ethos. We must continue asking hard questions and producing answers that may be difficult for those in power or positions of privilege to accept. This systemic change will compel our collective disruption of racist ideology and silent apathy, which has produced multiple forms of inequity, thus violence, in our nation. This must begin with our work in the classroom and around the university campus to listen, to seek, and to more fully acknowledge the many violent events that have led us to this point. It also must begin with our work in communities to challenge those who view Black, Brown, and other minoritized communities' existence as a threat.