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The Office of Identity, Inclusion, and Collective Conscience (I2C2) was established in 2020 as part of the department’s efforts to celebrate diversity and increase understanding of the inequalities that exist within healthcare systems. The office will work alongside the department and the CU2RE program to educate students and faculty on the importance of elevating diverse voices and addressing health disparities, racism, and access to care issues within their profession.

I2Cis driven by an anti-oppression mission that responds to all forms of oppression, inclusive of well-known “isms,” but also “hidden” oppressive organizational practices and structures. The office intends to push current boundaries of DEI practice in the health sector to advance beyond bare minimum aspirations to a bolder vision of participatory action, sincerely inclusive of all stakeholders, against oppression of all forms. The operational work centers around an emerging practice framework created by the inaugural director, Brandi Shah, M.D., MPH.

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Mission

To intentionally cultivate a departmental co-learning community that is broadly inclusive, equitable, just and responsive in valuing and incorporating contributions of all stakeholders’ intersectional identities and roles within the department, institution, and broader community.

Vision

To create and lead dynamic, bold, participatory processes and approaches that build upon foundational diversity and inclusion efforts to authentically nurture collaborations and lead systemic change.

Anti-Oppression Concept of the Month

  • 2021

    Please click here for a summary document with all anti-oppression concepts from 2021. 

  • January 2022 | Competent Community

    As we enter a new year and embark on a new journey, we have another opportunity to strive to become a competent community. Competent communities are able to accommodate and cater to the needs of a wide range of identity groups - ideally all identity groups (Iscoe, 1974). In particular, the concept was created with the purpose of avoiding the exclusion of people living with disabilities from local communities. This was due to communities' failure to meet their needs, such as care for people living with disabilities, education, leisure, employment, or social life. With respect to anti-oppressive practices, this can be extended to include the provision of all of these services to people of all identities, both young and old, of all gender identities and all sexual orientations, economically and socially disadvantaged, as well as disabled and non-disabled. As with the concept of "social capital" (Field, 2002), the strengthening of networks and relationships within communities is linked to increased competence and achievement by the community.

    So, let us celebrate one another's roles within the departmental community and commit to working individually and collectively toward improving our community as a whole.

  • February 2022 | Black History Month

    This Black History Month, you will have the opportunity to learn about the many contributions Black people have made to this country and throughout, as well as the resilience of Black people. With this year's focus on Black Health and Wellness, you will gain insight into the activities, rituals, and initiatives of black communities in the African Diaspora. The theme explores "the legacy of not just Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other forms of knowing (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. Bringing things closer to home, there are several archives of Black contributors at UAB campus wide including this department.

    This collection of articles examines UAB's history of Black contributors both on campus and within the health system that enabled all diverse groups to participate in school and practice both medically and administratively at UAB.

  • March 2022 | Social Transformation

    I had the pleasure of attending the celebration of the Alabama Humanities Alliance's fellows for 2022, Bryan Stevenson and Congressman John Lewis. Alabama Poet Laureate Ashley Jones presented a prestigious sonnet in their honor. The luncheon was inspiring, and I learned a lot about John Lewis and Bryan Stevenson. What most fascinated me was the fact that these two extraordinary humanitarians had lived parallel lives to which they dedicated themselves to truth-telling or uncovering history in the service of freedom. A quote from Bryan Stevenson, "We confront fear through history in order not to repeat offense." The moment I heard this quote, I immediately thought of our anti-oppression concept sharing. Its purpose is to shed light on ideas and concepts that speak truth to the past, highlighting areas that can be restored in the hope of promoting healing.

    So, as we celebrate Women's History Month, Zero Discrimination Day, and International Women of Color Day this month, let us be brave and examine terms that shed light on the history of social devaluation of all women (Misogyny), including women of color (Misogynoir) and trans women. Confronting the social devaluation of women can be done through the lens of the anti-oppression concept of social transformation. Social transformation refers to changes in institutionalized relationships, norms, and values. In particular, social transformation for women refers to changes in society resulting from women's contributions to economic development, scientific breakthroughs, technological innovations, and political transformation. This is through their commitment to combating these issues. When you understand historical terms that once devalued women, you can appreciate how important it is to celebrate ALL women and lend a hand whenever possible. In this way, you can correct the injustices of social devaluation. The more aware we are of how ALL women are devalued, the less likely we will succumb, but even more importantly, the more likely we will act.

    Below are articles that shed light on the terms mentioned above:

    You can find more resources below that connect our local history to the national discourse.

  • April 2022 | Combating Stereotype Threat

    The impact of stereotypes is well understood. Not only do stereotypes affect our perception of people, but also how we perceive others and how this impacts our behavior. Similarly, this is true for healthcare providers, patients, and society in general. When health professionals respond to information about a patient's social group status, they typically engage in stereotyping, associating it with the patient's characteristics. The practice is referred to as a stereotype threat. Add to that the nuanced biases of the healthcare system (payment status, disease/condition, guidelines/protocols/standard of care, power dynamics) and you can see how for some patients engaging with healthcare and providers can be challenging.

    Taking stock of one's biases and slowing down before engaging with someone can help counter stereotype threat. Getting to know the individual and understanding what makes them unique and how they differ from you culturally and personally is most significant.

    The resources listed below shed light on stereotyping threats in different spaces and how to counter them.

Volunteer Opportunities and Community Events

 

Resources

  • Book Club

    On the last Friday of each month, the office hosts a virtual book club from 12-1 PM. Please contact Shyla K. Fields for more information.

    January 2022
    The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging by Charles Vogl

    February 2022
    Listening to the Movement: Essays on Growth and New Challenges in Restorative Justice by Ted Lewis

    March/April 2022
    Medical Apartheid by Harriett A. Washington (collaborative effort in partnership with UAB Pediatrics and UAB Medicine)

    Please click here to view the I2C2 2021 Book Club selections.

  • Department Listening Session Report

    Click here to view the report made by the I2C2 team after conducting listening sessions with various groups within the Department of Family and Community Medicine. 

  • DEI Foundational Resources

    A full resource list, compiled by the I2C2 team, is available for personal and professional learning and growth. Click here to view the list. Please email Shyla K. Fields with questions.

Meet the Director

Fields

Shyla K. Fields, MBA
Director, Office of Identity, Inclusion, and Collective Conscience
skcampbell@uabmc.edu