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Black Lives Matter

College of Medicine faculty, professional staff and students are working together to create content for this page.

The College of Medicine strives to ensure that our community is one where all people are free of inequity, prejudice and hatred. We are committed to helping bring an end to the racism and violence that disproportionately impact the Black community.

We are listening to our community, learning from the input of individuals and groups, and working to implement changes that will help us better live up to our anti-racist values. As empathetic physicians, researchers and teachers, we must prepare the next generation of scientists to understand inequities in health and science, and help put an end to them.

Current students can access further information on our anti-racist work on Webcampus.

What Does 'Black Lives Matter' Mean to You?

As our faculty, staff and students work together for structural change and an end to racial injustice, we've asked some members of the College of Medicine's community to share what the Black Lives Matter movement means to them.

Florence Gelo, associate professor, Department of Family, Community & Preventive Medicine

"As a white person, Black Lives Matter is a loud knock at my door to remind me that even though I have the privilege to be unaware of the day-to-day realities of the lives of Black people, I should not be." Read more.
- Florence Gelo, DMIN, NCPSYA

Vanessa Pirrone, PhD

"To me, Black Lives Matter is an imperative to fight racial injustice and inequity by listening and making radical behavior changes." Read more.
- Vanessa Pirrone, PhD

Faduma Hassan, MS

"BLM was created to work towards building a country and a world that is safe for all Black people. In America, it means that all institutions (such as Drexel) who proclaim Black Lives Matter need to look inward and see the ways in which they contribute to systems of Anti-Blackness." Read more.
- Faduma Hassan, MS

Read More: What Black Lives Matter Means to Me

Learning More

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the health disparities and barriers to care that BIPOC community members face as a result of systemic inequities.

Below, we will share a list of sources on this subject, created by our faculty members. We hope you will take the time to engage with and reflect on these resources.

Articles From Voices In Medicine, Academia and Culture

From President Barack Obama, June 1, 2020:

The New England Journal of Medicine:


Coronavirus-specific Resources


  • "13TH" - In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
  • "American Son" - Time passes and tension mounts in a Florida police station as an estranged interracial couple awaits news of their missing teenage son.
  • "Asian-Americans" - PBS series that explores the impact of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing population in the United States, on the country's past, present and future, told through individual lives and personal histories.
  • "Baltimore Rising" - Protesting and rioting ensue after Freddie Gray dies in police custody. Police officers, activists and the residents of Baltimore struggle to keep the city together.
  • "Giving Birth in America" - CNN and Every Mother Counts present the surprising journeys of women giving birth in America. The films seek to raise the profile and issues of maternal health in the United States (Specifically videos on Louisiana and New York).
  • "Just Mercy" - based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, a resource for those interested in learning more about the systemic racism in our society.
  • "Selma" - The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.
  • "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson" - explores the little-investigated death of Marsha P. Johnson and celebrates her legacy as a transgender activist, drag performer and pioneer of the LGBTQ rights movement in the 1960s.
  • "United Shades of America" with W. Kamau Bell - follows comedian and political provocateur W. Kamau Bell as he explores communities across America to understand the unique challenges they face.
    Season 3, Episode 5 "HBCUs"
    Season 4, Episode 2 "Not All White People"
    Season 4, Episode 7 "#livingwhileblack"
    Season 4, Episode 8 "Toxic America"
  • "When They See Us" - Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story of the Exonerated Five.

Parent/Child Resources

For Parents of Teens:



Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children (from Google doc on ‘Anti-Racism Resources for White People'):

People To Consider Following on Social Media

  • Ava DuVernay - director, creator of
  • Ibram X. Kendi - author, professor, director of Antiracism Center
  • Ijeoma Oluo - author
  • Jamil K. Smith - journalist
  • Jose Antonio Vargas - journalist, author, producer, filmmaker
  • Karamo Brown - TV host, author
  • Karen Attiah - journalist
  • Soledad O'Brien - journalist
  • Van Jones - journalist
  • W. Kamau Bell - sociopolitical comedian, author, host of "United Shades of America" on CNN
  • Yamiche Alcindor - journalist, White House correspondent


"Code Switch" from NPR: Great show overall, some specific episodes highlighted here.



On implicit bias:

  • Implicit Association Tests (from Harvard University) – you can take tests on various topics to assess for possible biases
  • University of Washington has a great, free online module (35min long, get a certificate at the end) titled "Implicit Bias in the Clinical Setting and Learning Environment"

On microaggressions:


Taking Action and Making Change

Stronger Advocates and Better Partners on Anti-Racism

We are developing a report card that will lay out the baseline data on such key indicators as admissions and financial aid, and faculty and professional staff recruitment, retention and promotion.

We are developing a campus-wide climate survey on the current state of the University and experiences with racism. This will be updated regularly, so we are transparent about progress and areas of continuing concern as we work to dismantle racism at Drexel.

Shardé Johnson has been appointed interim director of the Center for Black Culture. The first floor of the Rush Building on 34th Street will be the home for the Center; renovation efforts on this space are now underway.

We've begun an independent review of the Drexel University Police Department. Our goal in taking on this independent review is to address any potential problematic behaviors and practices, and ultimately strengthen the Drexel Police Department.

The University will no longer provide donations or sponsorships to the Philadelphia Police Foundation.

Read more.

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