Racism structures opportunity in life and assigns value based on how people look. This creates conditions that give an unfair advantage to some and an unfair disadvantage to others. Racism is a barrier to everyone in our society having a fair and just opportunity for health.

Racism structures opportunity in life and assigns value based on how people look. This creates conditions that give an unfair advantage to some and an unfair disadvantage to others. Racism is a barrier to everyone in our society having a fair and just opportunity for health.

Examining White Identity Retreat

The Examining White Identity Retreat is an opportunity for students who identify as white to engage in self-reflection and build skills to create a more inclusive campus community.

During the retreat we will:

  • Conceptualize and articulate whiteness from a personal and systematic lens.
  • Recognize and understand white privilege from an individual experience
  • Examine the impact of white privilege on the UVM community and beyond
  • Build a community of dialogue and support in acting against racism

We will explore questions like:

  • What does it mean to be white?
  • How does whiteness impact you?
  • What action steps can you take individually to interrupt racism?
  • How can we make UVM a more inclusive community?

Racial Aikido Retreat

Racial Aikido Retreat is an annual retreat for students of color and led by staff of color to explore identity, race, and racism. Racial Aikido is led by the Mosaic Center for Students of Color and co-sponsored by the Center for Health and Wellbeing and many other campus partners.

Racial Aikido seeks to prepare students of color with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Recognize the construct of race and racism within the U.S. context
  • Explore their own racial and ethnic identity/ies
  • Respond to acts of racism
  • Debunk vicious stereotypes in order to maintain a positive self-image
  • Hear from the impact of racism

Racial Healing Group

The Racial Healing Group is a team of Center for Health & Wellbeing staff who come together in an effort to dismantle systems of racism and the structures that perpetuate white supremacist culture in our work and workplace. It is the author of the Center’s ‘Racism as a Public Health Issue’ statement.

Begun in 2015, the Racial Healing Group uses a multistep process to heal from the harms of racism including:

  • Understanding personal and interpersonal biases and the ways in which systems and structures of oppression, such as white supremacist culture, live within each of us, operate within our systems and communities, and harm us all.
  • Draw attention to and interrupt situations and practices of racism and white supremacy within our Center, our Center’s practices and policies, and the University’s practices and policies.
  • Modeling anti-racist cultural practices.
  • Educating our colleagues to help them engage in this work in their own lives, work, and workplaces.

Current members of the Racial Healing Group are: Amy Boyd Austin, Keiba Bragg-Best, Walter Brownsword, Kerry Fantelli, Carrie Fleider, John Paul Grogan, Pat Jackson, Mary Heininger, Stefan Nickum, Michelle Paavola, Jennifer Hughes Phillips, Mark Reck, Keith E. Smith, Kelly Thorne, and Annie Valentine