The greatest steps that we can take to combat racism involve COMMUNCIATION.
Be present and compassionate with each other. Have conversations about race – even when it feels uncomfortable. Listen when people of color tell you about their experiences and believe them. It is imperative to speak out when you see injustice and racism. Ask questions about equity without burdening those already bearing the weight of white privilege. Do your own learning and un-learning, be humble and be gentle with yourself through this process. Below are some tools for you to review, think about, and act on:
- American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Code of Ethics
- Addressing Disparities in the Wake of Injustice, Violence, and COVID-19
- American Public Health Association Racism and Health Resources
- Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture resources on anti-racism
- UWM Office of the Chancellor’s page on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion