Accountability during our anti-racism journey

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This message was shared with the OHSU community Thursday, Sept. 10.

“Transforming OHSU into a truly anti-racist and multi-cultural institution is a journey, and our goal is to continuously evolve our culture, policies and practices so that the environment at OHSU aligns with our ideals. We strive to create an institution where all members have the support needed to be successful.

We are committed to this work, and we are focusing on the discussions, decisions and changes that will keep us moving forward to transform our organization. Although there will be challenges as we learn and grow as a university, we won’t stop trying because we must be successful. We thank the leaders of our Black Employee Resource Group (BERG) and others for helping to identify what should be our priorities -- holding us all accountable. We also appreciate the BERG’s ongoing advocacy for Black members of our university, as well as for the community-at-large.

Last week, leaders of the BERG sent OHSU leadership two passionate letters related to racism at OHSU. This exchange is part of our transformational process, and based on our commitment and responsibility to the entire OHSU community, we’d like to take this opportunity to share the BERG leadership’s letters and OHSU’s response.

We greatly appreciate the dedication of those who are committed to affecting change at OHSU. Thank you for believing in OHSU’s potential to become an anti-racist, multi-cultural institution.”

Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, OHSU President
Derick Du Vivier, M.D., M.B.A., Senior Vice President, OHSU Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The following are some examples of initiatives and action steps OHSU leaders have completed and/or committed to thus far:



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Tamara Hargens-Bradley
Interim Senior Director of Media Relations