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The Racial Equity and Inclusion (REI) Center is a pilot program that aims to understand and remove systemic oppression within the Vollum Institute and the Neuroscience Graduate Program. We work with our community to identify and address systemic racism, white supremacy, colonialism, and other systems of oppression that are present within our scientific environment. This means addressing the ways that systemic oppression shows up: in ourselves, between each other, within our policies, procedures, organization, and culture.

To do this, we use principles and values that are essential to racial equity to guide our work; from the way our center is structured down to our everyday tasks. We empower our community members to become leaders of change through anti-racist and education while working with our community to change harmful structures and polices.

The Alliance for Visible Diversity

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Working to increase visible diversity within graduate programs at OHSU.

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Join Us at NCORE 2022

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Join us for our talk titled “Lip Service vs. Embodied Racial Equity: Pathways to Transforming Our Academic Institutions While Critically Transforming Ourselves” at the 34th Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE) in Higher Education in Portland, Oregon.

Using an understanding of systemic oppression, white supremacy culture, values-guided decision-making, and racial equity, we will walk through examples of how the Racial Equity and Inclusion Center at Oregon Health and Science University works towards embodying anti-racism/anti-oppression within ourselves, in our relationships, and within the systems and structures we build.

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