June 1, 2020

Both our University and our Dean have said some poignant, insightful things regarding the Nation's Recent Events. Unfortunately, nothing that we say can help during this time of sorrow. We, as a Department, would like to echo their sentiments and confirm our commitment to all of you. Racism prevents us from fulfilling our commitment to the advancement and pursuit of knowledge and represents the opposite of what CDIB stands for. We are proud to be a part of a University that continually works towards trying to “eliminate the disparities that exist – be they racial, socioeconomic, or other,” and we will join together with both the School of Medicine and the University in the fight against inequality.

Dr. Vickers has provided some excellent programs and organizations in the local area who are fighting this fight. Please take the time to read about each organization’s mission and consider supporting them monetarily or by volunteering your time.

Additionally, we have started to comprise resources for further education below. If you have suggestions of items to add to this list, please let us know. 

As a reminder to the attached statements, please remember to take care of yourself. For employees in need of mental and emotional support during this time, we urge you to connect with the Employee Assistance & Counseling Center (EACC). Students, you have a similar resource through Student Counseling Services. Also, don’t forget about the Well-Being Index, a tool that is offered to all employees and is a simple way to check in on your wellness.


UAB CDIB Department Leadership


Part 1: Awareness @ UAB

Part 2: Cultural Awareness Building Blocks

Part 3: Safe Zone Training

Part 3: Safe Zone Training

Part 4: Unconscious Bias

Part 5: Bystander Intervention

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UAB Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

Books for Futher Reading

  • "How To Be An Antiracist" by Ibram Kendi
  • "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," by Rebecca Skloot
  • "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption," by Bryan Stevenson
  • "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History Of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans From Colonial Times To The Present," by Harriet A. Washington
  • "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism," Robin DiAngelo
  • "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
  • "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander
  • "Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? And other conversations about race" by Beverly Tatum


  • 13th
  • When They See Us
  • Just Mercy
  • Crash
  • The Hate You Give

UAB - The Common Thread

Find yourself in everyone

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The difference between being "not racist" and antiracist

There is no such thing as being "not racist," says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world -- and replace it with love. (This virtual interview, hosted by TED's current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers and speaker development curator Cloe Shasha, was recorded June 9, 2020.)

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21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

About the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity

Plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections. 

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Too many senior white academics still resist recognizing racism

Written By Dr. Namandjé Bumpus - As a Black woman who is the chair of a university science department, people have questioned my right to exist at every stage.

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Power to Heal

POWER TO HEAL tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country practically overnight.

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Fair Play Simulation


Fair Play provides players with the opportunity to take the perspective of Jamal Davis, a Black graduate student on his way to becoming a renowned professor. In this game, players experience racial bias during interactions with other characters, as well as in the virtual environment. As Jamal, the road to success involves navigating the academic world; as a Black student, bias can steer you off of a successful path. Winning in Fair Play involves learning when and how to name biases. While many will succeed in Fair Play, the true winners are those that learn the reality of bias.

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The Creator of VeggieTales gives a no-nonsense history of race in American in 17 minutes

Phil Vischer explains the history of race in America and why Black Americans continue to face injustice today.

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The link between health and racism

Learn about the detrimental (and even deadly) impact racism has on our minds and bodies — and what society can do to heal and support the wellbeing of all.

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