Black people have been dying for far too long in a country literally built on the backs of the oppressed. The work of equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, justice, and liberation is traditionally done in silos, either by minoritized institutional trainees or faculty, and/or in designated "diversity" departments with paltry budgets.
Riding the international outcry over the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and many others, we decided enough was enough. Code Black RI was founded by a group of medical students, housestaff, and faculty, with a kick-off march envisioned by Vanessa Ogueri, a pediatrician. The organizations represented include but are not limited to:
Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA)
Brown Sexual Gender & Minority Alliance (BSGMA)
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Latinx Medical Student Association (LMSA)
Asian and Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
Spectrum (LGBTQ+ medical students)
Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) at the Warren Alpert Medical School
Office of Women in Medicine and Science (OWIMS)
We are a coalition dedicated to taking action towards equity for Black lives. This means health equity for our Black patients, but also equity in the healthcare workplace.