Antiracism in Dental Health Academia: Are We Centering the Right Voices?
Clarence Spigner, DrPH, MPH, Professor, School of Public Health: University of Washington
Teaching antiracist principles to the future public health workforce is critical in advancing racial equity and racial healing. Public health academia must address racial inequity as part of the institutional infrastructure while actively infusing these principles and values into the public health teaching curriculum. Dr. Spigner illuminated the uncomfortable fact about academic programs in public health - despite our desire to teach antiracist principles and promote diversity within our programs, institutional policies, curricula, and the workforce itself are not actually in line with these goals. He shared promising practices implemented by the University of Washington and challenged participants to commit to prioritizing antiracism in policy and practice.