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Mya Roberson, MSPH
For academics (especially White academics, but this goes for everyone) reading and wondering how you can support Black students and academics here is a thread of things to consider a number which have been especially supportive of my own professional development
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Mya Roberson, MSPH Jun 8
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1. Stand up for Black voices in the moment especially when they are pushing back against a norm. Emailing or approaching after the fact saying "I really appreciate what you said/how you called XYZ out" isn't helpful. Silent agreement doesn't change culture
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Mya Roberson, MSPH Jun 8
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2. Introduce them to your network! At your institution, at conferences, at places they express interest in possibly working. Having mentors organically say "Hey let me introduce you to my colleague..." without me having to ask has opened so many doors
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Mya Roberson, MSPH Jun 8
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3. Invite them to collaborate for authorship. Ex of this for me, "Could I adapt your code from something similar you did & have you on as an author" or "I know you did a lit review/have knowledge on this topic & could contribute to intro and discussion sections"
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Mya Roberson, MSPH Jun 8
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4.Invite them to speak about their work! In guest lectures, in seminars, on panels. If you have a role coordinating any sort of speaker series do an audit of who you have historically asked. Many of us may not have completed our degrees yet but we are experts too
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Mya Roberson, MSPH Jun 8
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5. Really reflect on patterns in any hiring or admissions roles you have. Much of the "weeding out" may not be overt. Are applicants from all types of institutions being considered equally?
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Mya Roberson, MSPH Jun 8
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5. Compensate folks for time they spend on DEI initiatives for your department/institution. CV lines from the activity itself do not count as currency.
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Mya Roberson, MSPH Jun 9
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Last Note: I am glad that so many have found this thread useful and have shared widely. I think it's important to explicitly state this is by no means an exhaustive list of how to support Black colleagues, but rather a start of concrete steps anyone can start doing immediately.
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Anca Segall Jun 10
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TY, Mya! All your suggestions are terrific. One more for us at acad institutions: familiarize ourselves with programs that support students of color, esp black, esp first gen, and steer students to them, both for financial and professional support. Support our colleagues.
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Anca Segall Jun 10
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I see that your list is geared to more seniors scientists, and mine toward more junior ones. Iā€™m curious to know what has most helped you going through your undergrad and grad education. Only if/when you have the time. Thank you again. šŸŒ¹šŸ™šŸ‘šŸ‘
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Eva Woodward Jun 8
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As a white academic, this was really useful and I thank you. It helped me see some areas I need to adjust and validated existing practices I hope are helpful
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Mya Roberson, MSPH Jun 8
Replying to @EvaWoodwardPhD
Glad you found it helpful!
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