The state-funded University of Alaska, Anchorage, is in the midst of a six-part series to explore “racism in medicine.”
Partnering with the hard-left Alaska Black Caucus (which promotes critical race theory and the notion that America is infected by widespread racism) the UAA Center for Human Development is focused on clinical skills and “best practices critical to black, indigenous, and other communities of color.” To increase enrollment, all participants receive continuing education credits in their medical fields.
Launched in February, the health presentations are supported by a grant from the Municipality of Anchorage’s health department. The program includes 90-minute sessions. Recent presentations focused on the “history of racism in medicine,” and “race-based medicine during the pandemic.”
The latest session highlights so-called “race-based trauma” and “collective healing.” Speaker Dr. Tabitha Grier-Reed is a psychologist and associate dean for Graduate Education and Faculty Development in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Her recent work is fixated on rooting out “anti-blackness” and “anti-black” attitudes which she claims continue to plague 21st century America through microaggressions, racial rejection and systemic racism.
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The health program is part of a larger network of classes coordinated by the UAA Center for Human Development, which are intended to equip community movers and shakers throughout Alaska to fundamentally transform their communities.
This past winter, the university hosted a two-day training for Anchorage teachers to “decenter whiteness” and expose how educators reinforce traditional authority structures that enable racism in Alaska’s classrooms. The December workshops featured radical critical race theory activist Felicia Rose Chavez, author of “The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom.” Like the current health program, the education classes included incentives for participants, such as a $3,000 stipend.