Samuel G. Dunn Lectureship in the
How to be an Anti-Racist Scientific Researcher
Keisha Ray, PhD
McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Monday, October 11, 2021
2:30pm — 3:30pm
Leading medical organizations like the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have gone on record to declare racism and hate crimes a public health issue. Over 150 counties, cities, and states have also declared racism a public health issue. Statements and declarations of this sort are a much needed first step in attacking issues of systemic racial oppression such as racial disparities in health outcomes, racial inequities in social determinants of health, and racial bias in health care and biomedical research. But it is not enough. What does declaring racism a public health issue require of researchers? What actions are necessary to be a racially just researcher? In this presentation I use the example of environmental racism to offer ethical guidance for researchers on how to participate in and how to produce anti-racist work that grapples with past abuses of people of color and contributes to a new anti-racist path going forward.
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