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The Global Health Anti-racism Subcommittee: a student-staff collaboration

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Dr Megan Clinch

Reader in Anthropology of Public Health

The Global Health Anti-racism Subcommittee is one of many subcommittees under the School of Medicine and Dentistry Anti-Racism Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is a collaboration between students and staff whose aim is to actively address issues of race and racism within the faculty's curricula.

Responding to a need

In summer 2020, the unlawful killing of George Floyd and many others gave rise to Black Lives Matter protests around the world, and an increased awareness of the systemic racism in our societies. The Steering Committee was formed in light of this.

Along with many other anti-racism subcommittees across the faculty, the Global Health Subcommittee carried out a survey. The aim was to obtain feedback from students and contribute to transformative anti-racist work across the University’s programmes.

The survey

The survey was co-produced by students, staff, and experts in anti-racism to make sure questions were appropriate and covered a range of areas. The survey received 78 responses; these have been analysed and will form the basis for a set of recommendations, which are currently being drawn up.

The analysis of the results was showcased in a workshop with invited academics from across the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Queen Mary Academy. This led to a call to action across the faculty for all anti-racism subcommittees to collate their findings and effect change at a wider Queen Mary level.

Recommendations produced from the survey analysis and workshop will be shown to the whole Global Health department to inform improvements to the curriculum and efforts to diversify it.

Emediong Jumbo

2020-21 Founder and Student Lead

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Aida Hassan

2021-22 Student Lead

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Dr Megan Clinch

Staff Lead; Reader in Anthropology of Public Health

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