Anti-racism Resources

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
Response to Student Suggestions and Taskforce Recommendations on Systemic Racism and Health Care

Document 1: 21 Request for Action Items (PDF)


Click below for useful educational resources that have been curated through the generosity and activism of countless individuals.

Lighten the load of marginalized people by seeking to understand Black trauma and exhaustion. 

Race and Medicine


Recruitment and Retention

  • Students: Best Practices for Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Student Body  previously recorded webinar
  • Residents: Diversity in GME: What Program Leadership Can Do view
  • The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies previously recorded webinar

Implicit Bias Resources and Articles

  • Implicit Association Test from Project Implicit link
  • Understanding Implicit Bias – Ohio State University link
  • Racial Bias in Medicine Leads to Worse Care for Minorities view article
  • Targeting Unconscious Bias in Healthcare view article
  • Her story went viral, but she is not the only black doctor ignored in an airplane emergency.  View article
  • Black Doctor Says Delta Flight Attendant Rejected Her; Sought ‘Actual Physician’  view article
  • Intersectionality and the dangers of white empathy when treating black patients view article

Other Articles

  • How Generation X, Y, and Z May Change the Academic Workplace  view article
  • Health Effects of Dramatic Societal Events – Ramifications of the Recent Presidential Election view article
  • When the Target of Bias is the Doctor     view article
  • Why Are Women Excluded from Medical Society Awards? view article
  • 6 in 10 Doctors Report Abusive Remarks from Patients, and Many Get Little Help with the Wounds  view article


Additional materials are listed here:

Noticing student and postdoc emotional states without judgment is important to their emotional and psychological flourishing. How you can do this:

  • Here’s What to Do & Say To Boost Student Psychological Safety— Scroll to #2 for actual language you can use
  • Normalize the fear, stress, anxiety, and distraction felt during this time. One way to accomplish this is to lead with vulnerability, sharing your feelings with empathy and compassion to open space for students to share 
  • Familiarize yourself with signs of student distress and steps you can take to help— These responses were designed in response to COVID-19 and can certainly be adapted for supporting students experiencing a gradient of distress caused by physical distancing
  • During Zoom chats and check-ins, invite students to add mood imagery or contribute 1-3 words in the Zoom chat or a Canvas discussion on how they are feeling. Ask them to upload an emoji, photo or meme that captures their current emotional state 
  • Encourage students to practice self-care and wellness by contributing ideas and images via Padlet
  • Open, close meetings by explicitly asking students to reflect on and share something they are grateful for, or something that has brought them joy recently, or have students contribute these thoughts to a shared Padlet or Canvas page
  • Not sure what to say? Visit the AestheticsOfJoy.comto browse useful resources to joyfully start conversations and joyfully change the subject
  • If you don’t know what to say, it is ok to acknowledge that fact
  • Angeline Dukes @FutureDrDukes offers simple, meaningful steps that faculty can take to demonstrate support for students, click here for herTwitter thread for Pis on supporting Black students

More than ever, we need everyone to shine their gifts towards humanity and ACTIVATE to do at least one thing to ensure justice for all. We also need to avoid causing harm:

  • Do not emotionally hijack people. Seek consent before jumping into any racially-charged or potentially emotional conversation. 
    • Ask if the person you want to dialogue with is in the right space to talk about X-topic and accept that their response may be no. Respond with compassion either way
  • Follow this advice from Awaken CEO and Co-Founder, Michelle Kim — ‘Please do not go to your Black friends to process your feelings right now. Ask your own community to hold space for you if you need to cry, scream, reflect, ask questions, process your anger, sadness, exhaustion. Therapy is a safe and consensual space for this.’ 
  • Before attempting to engage in an ally conversation, explore this article with six suggestions for doing the work to educate yourself
  • 75 Things You Can Do for Racial Justice 
  • How to Build Spaces That Foster Connection
  • Allyship is an active practice that requires action  — The Who, What, and How of being an ally for social justice
  • Do not expect a reply to that email or text that you sent to your Black friend or colleague. 
    • Silence in this context is not personal, it’s self-preservation. We are mourning. We may not have the words or energy, oscillating between exhausted and enraged 

Buy from black owned businesses, here is a list of local EP businesses:

  • Blue Collar Ice
  • Queens Table Vegan Cuisine
  • Anointed Cuisine
  • I-Land VYBZ Jamaica Restaurant
  • LaKendra Franklin Photography
  • JS Smoke House BBQ
  • Kingdom Kids Day Care and Learning Center
  • Chubby Boy Fitness
  • Zions Bow Ties
  • Opulent Skin Suite
  • Hawaii Kravings
  • Jack Rabbit Trading
  • Krab Kingz El Paso
  • PLUSH Boutique El Paso
  • Southern Comfort Café
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes (at the Fountains of Farahs)
  • Catfish Basket
  • EPI Organic Skin Care
  • Pureness Natural Body Care
  • Lilipad Cakes
  • Kreative Klouds
  • Lashes by Beaux
  • Eris and Lynn
  • Adejiore
  • Vida Aum
  • Soul and Amor
  • Desert Eagle Production
  • Custom Prints on Tees
  • Nawfside vibez
  • Almu Clothing Store
  • Prickly Elder
  • Counteract Training Systems (Fitness Training)
  • Taylor Hood Farms

The risk of burnout is higher for those in ‘helping professions’ such as teaching and direct-student services. Looking after yourself both restoratively and proactively is the best way to remain effective for our students. How you can do this:

  • Be mindful of resilience fatigue and give yourself permission to contribute when you have the capacity and energy to do so 
  • Develop a personalized menu of self-care strategies to promote your own flourishing in the five main domains
  • Utilize TTUHSC El Paso Wellness resources to maintain your well-being
  • Regularly solicit input from close friends and family on how you appear to be doing 
  • Get support from trained professionals

*Resources curated by AAMC, Stanford Biosciences and UT Health McGovern Medical School