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Twitter Chat: Dismantling Systemic Racism: The End Game
June 11, 2020

Rutgers School of Social Work and NJ ACTS Community Engagement Core are proud to sponsor the Twitter Chat "Dismantling Systemic Racism: The End Game" on Thursday, June 18 from 3:15-4:45pm EST. 

Join this Twitter Chat to generate ideas and action steps to move society toward a plan to dismantle systemic racism. The chat will be hosted by Qiana L. Brown, PhD, MPH, LCSW (@QianaBrownPhD) Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health, Rutgers School of Social Work and School of Public Health, Department of Urban-Global Public Health; NJ ACTS Scholar in Clinical and Translational Science. Panelists include:

  • Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD (@tlaveist)
    Dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity
    Thomas LaVeist is dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He has written over 150 scientific articles, appeared in numerous mass media outlets, authored six books, and is executive producer of “The Skin You’re In” documentary series about racial inequalities in health. An award winning research scientist, Dr. LaVeist has received the “Innovation Award” from National Institutes of Health, the “Knowledge Award” from the U.S.A. Department of Health and Human Services and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
  • Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD (@DrAyanaJordan)
    Associate Program Director, Yale Psychiatry Residency; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine; Addiction Psychiatrist, Connecticut Mental Health Center
    Dr. Jordan earned an MD, PhD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University where she became passionate about serving minority populations, specifically within psychiatry. She has done research in Sierra Leone, West Africa examining the link between, mental illness, substance use and stigma, and has served as an expert witness discussing the current mental health system in Sierra Leone. Locally, Dr. Jordan is working on a project to provide a computer based cognitive behavioral therapy program (CBT4CBT) within the Black Church, an evidence based therapeutic modality shown to be effective in decreasing substance use. Dr. Jordan is the proud recipient of various clinical and research awards and was recently inducted into the Top 40 under 40 society, by her undergraduate alma mater.
  • Devin English, PhD (@devinsenglish)
    Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Public Health
    Dr. English earned his BA in Psychology from Macalester College and his PhD in Clinical/Community Psychology from the George Washington University. His pre-doctoral research focused on daily racial discrimination measurement and modeling its longitudinal effects on psychosocial outcomes among Black U.S. American adolescents and adults. He subsequently completed his postdoctoral research at Hunter College of the City University of New York where his research focused on examining the health effects of intersectional racial and sexual identity discrimination among Black sexual minority men.

The Twitter chat questions should encourage people and organizations to work backward from the goal of eradicating anti-Black racism and dismantling systemic racism in general, in order to formulate action steps (e.g., developing partnerships or policies) that would move society toward accomplishing this goal. Questions that will be asked during the chat include: 

  1. The End Game: What would society be like if systemic racism was dismantled (both anti-Black racism and systemic racism in general)? 
  1. Priorities for Action:  
    1. What should be the top 3 priorities in an action plan focused on dismantling systemic racism (at the local/community, organizational and/or national levels)? 
    2. How will these priorities directly address anti-Black racism?
  1. Doing the Work: Who is responsible and should be held accountable for dismantling systemic racism? 
  1. Leadership: What characteristics/qualifications are required of leaders (e.g., community, political, academic, healthcare leaders) to effectively lead the charge to dismantle systemic racism? 
  1. Healthcare: How can systemic racism in healthcare settings be dismantled to improve health outcomes (e.g., mental, physical, maternal and child health outcomes)? 
  1. Universities: How can systemic racism be dismantled at the university-level (and what would this mean in terms of promotion, leadership opportunities and learning experiences for students)? 
  1. History: What can we learn from history (successes and/or failures) that can aid in the development of action steps aimed at dismantling systemic racism? 
  1. Community-Academic Partnerships: How can communities and universities work together to dismantle systemic racism (at the university, local/community, organizational and/or national levels)? 
  1. Policy: What should policies (e.g., economic, social, health, environmental, workplace policies) aimed at dismantling systemic racism focus on? 
  1. The Right Questions: What other questions should be asked and of whom to facilitate 

conversations and action steps to dismantle systemic racism? 

  1. Be Proactive: What can we do to proactively engage in dismantling systemic racism? Please share resources and action steps you have engaged in.  
  1. Additional Twitter Chats: Would additional Twitter chats focused on either of the questions previously discussed (e.g., policy, anti-Black racism, healthcare) be helpful in formulating specific action steps to dismantle systemic racism? If so, what would you like to focus on? 
  1. Questions for panelists and host: Do you have any final questions for @tlaveist, @DrAyanaJordan, @devinsenglish or @QianaBrownPhD? If so, tag them in your questions along with the hashtags #RacismEndsHere and #DismantleSytemicRacism. 

Follow the hashtags #RacismEndsHere and #DismantleSystemicRacism to follow the discussion.

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