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HOW SCIENCE PERPETUATES RACISM

Podcast

HOW SCIENCE PERPETUATES RACISM WITH DR. RACHEL WATKINS

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About

HOW SCIENCE PERPETUATES RACISM

In the last several years, it's been imperative to get behind science whether for a better understanding of climate change or how to address infectious diseases. Scientists are bound by professional, legal, and ethical standards in how they conduct research and inform human subjects about any associated risks. These standards didn't exist before the 1970s, causing disproportionate harm to minoritized communities. The belief that race was a biological construct, as opposed to a social construct, continues to complicate the theories and practice of science. One way to address this is to work for better racial representation in the sciences.

Reflection

YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH HOW SCIENCE PERPETUATES RACISM

1. What myths related to race did you grow up with? Where did they come from? Which ones have you had to work hard to dispel?


2. How did the podcast and resources help shift your views further? What could you do with this information? 

Action Ideas

HOW SCIENCE PERPETUATES RACISM IN YOUR COMMUNITY

1. The presence of racism in science is both ubiquitous and taken-for-granted. What are some ways you might shed light on and work against these myths? What areas of the community could most benefit from this deconstruction?


2. Are there any local organizations or nearby universities working to address the underrepresentation of minoritized communities in the physical or social sciences, medicine, technology, or medicine? How might you support those or get involved?

Support the Work

ORGANIZATIONS THAT ADDRESS THE PRESENCE OF RACISM IN SCIENCE

How Science Perpetuates Racism: List
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