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  • Encourage inclusion at all times, in some way.Do
  • Seek or deepen relationships with people different from you (race, age, background, political leaning).  
  • Regularly volunteer for career days at elementary, middle and high schools with the students we need in our professions (your professional association likely has some resources/materials).  
  • Employ VEN [Visualize, Examine and Normalize] to mitigate implicit bias:  
    • Visualize – if something automatically pops up, imagine a different option (ex: imagining a ‘pilot’ gives you a tall, white male, mentally replace with short, Native American person)   
    • Examine – Self-examination with candor  
    • Normailze – make inclusion the norm in your life, challenge what you consider ‘normal’, surround yourself with people who do not look like you


Suggestions to Dismantle Discriminatory Systems:

  • Set intentional goalscreate a culture for candid discussion/feedback/ideas. fist breaking wall
  • Starting place: the heart, the head, the hands. 
    • Heart – safe space to share how they feel and WHY they feel that way. 
      • Everyone may not agree, but hear and endeavor to understand.
      • Develop connection- meaningfully connect, if not possible…empathize, if not possible…understand, if not possible, sympathize…if not possible, appreciate 
    • Head – collaborate on ideas, strategies, options for actions. 
    • Hands – develop action steps for accountability, what we can do 
  • Get data, accept it, address it 
  • Ensure collaboration and collective ownership 
  • Be explicit about the why (to sustain), consider a vision statement to revisit regularly 
  • Leverage the camaraderie of inclusion vs. fighting bias  
  • Involve students, many perspectives 
  • Regular Review:
    • Admissions
    • Curricula
    • Policies
    • Programs 
  • Practice re-framing questions 
  • Practice de-escalating without backing down 
  • Moving from examination (window) to self-reflection (mirror) 
  • Take responsibility as an entity and individual 

Suggestions for Cultural Humility

Self-talk: Set or reset yourself

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  • I can be uncomfortable to make all students/colleagues/people we serve and EVERYONE comfortable.
  • I want to be inclusive and have much to learn. 
  • Correction and error will help me get to my goal of inclusivity. 
  • This is not about me and my intent. 
  • Am I in a learning posture? Or defending something (what?)? 




The JEDI Toolkit is a resource created by faculty members in the Health Sciences Department to provide guidance and recommendations to health care providers and educators who would like to learn more about equity and inclusion..