A place to belong

Students lead initiatives to create an anti-racist, inclusive environment at UF College of Medicine

By Tyler Francischine
Duqueney and Blair Medical students Esther Duqueney and Samari Blair. Photos by Jesse S. Jones
“I want to make a difference so minority students coming after me don't have to face the same challenges I did.”
Samari Blair, MPH
White Coats Black Lives From left to right: College of Dentistry Dean Isabel Garcia, DDS, MPH; College of Medicine Interim Dean Joseph A. Tyndall, MD, MPH; College of Public Health and Health Professions Dean Michael Perri, PhD; and College of Pharmacy Dean Julie Johnson, PharmD, kneel with fellow UF faculty, staff and students during the White Coats for Black Lives demonstration that occurred June 5 on campuses and hospitals across the nation. Photo by Jesse S. Jones
Donna Parker MD Donna Parker, MD ‘90, associate dean for diversity and health equity, participates in the White Coats for Black Lives demonstration. Photo by Jesse S. Jones
“The majority of medical students take it for granted that they learn from faculty members who look like them.”
Donna Parker, MD ‘90
“This is not something you teach by adding lectures to a curriculum. Rather, it must be experiential. Students need to be involved if they want to help that community.”
Heather Harrell, MD ’95
WCBL Brittny Randolph, MS, and her classmate Michelle McCraw kneel during the White Coats for Black Lives demonstration.

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