A Conversation on the Ubuntu Approach
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
5:30 PM-7:00 PM
We will reflect on this moment, our process, and the intentional and courageous work that lies ahead. This is event is open to scholars, students, activisits, organizers, community residents, our colleagues inside and outside of Drexel University and all committed to building the just and equitable world we all deserve.
About the Ubuntu Approach
Over the past two years, there has been renewed attention on racism as a public health crisis, increasing the demand for academic institutions to provide dedicated spaces for rigorous, transdisciplinary research and bold collective action designed to dismantle racism and eliminate racial health inequities. While work documenting the health harms of racism is not new, the past two years have forced us to grapple with racism’s complexity, its varied and interconnected manifestations, and how it intersects with other systems of power and oppression to harm health and produce striking racial health inequities in the United States and around the world. It has also presented an opportunity to develop nuanced approaches to understand and address its impacts— approaches rooted in our shared humanity; approaches that do not perpetuate extractive research practices; approaches that center and amplify the lived experiences of communities; approaches that harness inspiration and insights from community organizers, activists, and global movements; approaches that generate evidence that can be leveraged for transformative change.
The Ubuntu Center builds on prior work within the field and is a vehicle that will drive human-centered, antiracism research and action. Our grounding document outlines our process for establishing the center and introduces “The Ubuntu Approach” — a human-centered approach to advance collective scholarship and action for population health equity.