Message to the College Community
Dear faculty, staff and students:
I have spent the last few days like many of you, compelled to consume news I can hardly bear to read or watch. Once again, America’s original sin – racism – has reared its ugly head. The events unfolding in Minneapolis after the death of another Black man – George Floyd – is a reminder that our plea for social and racial equality continues to fall on deaf ears. Knowing that racism permeates our culture and civic life is hard enough to accept, but seeing it carried out and sanctioned by a justice system that purports to serve and protect makes us all hold our breath, waiting for the next tragic murder of a Black person for driving, jogging, sleeping or living a normal life. Yes, none of us can breathe until we are all allowed to breathe freely from the horrors of racism. Those of us with Black children and grandchildren are forced to live with this pain, and fear, as part of our daily lives.
I want to offer my sympathies, prayers and the compassion of our entire college community to George Floyd's family, and all of those who are mourning his murder. I also want to echo and amplify their fury. As we say Mr. Floyd's name, he joins Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and far too many others on this appalling list of murder victims to racism.
It is important for every citizen to demand justice and for all of us to learn how we can hold our leaders to account. As we process our pain and repeat that Black lives matter, I want to invite all Philadelphians to a virtual teach-in and town hall sponsored by Community College of Philadelphia in the coming days. More details will be announced shortly. Until then, go in peace, be safe, be well and be strong.
Donald Guy Generals, Ed.D.
Enough is Enough: Health Care Disparities in Women of Color
March 24, 2021
<<<Watch a Recording of this Session>>>
Have you been on the receiving end of implicit bias while receiving a check-up, treatment plan or during a visit to an emergency room? In this session, we examined new ideas and solutions around health care inequities among Black and brown women.
Women of color experience health disparity rates far higher than their counterparts. These include high maternal mortality and infertility rates, a decreased representation in clinical trials, and less funding for health care conditions that disproportionately impact women of color, such as uterine fibroids and breast cancer. Hear from an expert to learn how to identify and address disparities that happen as we seek adequate health care from medical professionals.
Specific focus and exploration was given to the current climate in America and how the privilege of some and the injustices of others can impact thoughts, decisions rationale and outcomes.
Dr. Donald Guy Generals
President, Community College of Philadelphia
Petrina McFarlane, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Community College of Philadelphia
Chidinma Nwakanma, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Department of Emergency Medicine, Penn Medicine
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