June 09, 2020

‘It is time to rise up’: Faculty, staff, learners share perspectives during town hall

Michigan Medicine event one of many where community members gathered to mourn, speak and learn about racial inequalities; click through for videos of other campus events, including the Black Medical Association virtual peaceful protest


On June 5, faculty, staff and learners at Michigan Medicine came together for a virtual town hall on racial disparities and the organization’s current culture.

During the powerful discussion, presenters spoke of their experiences with racism and discrimination — both at Michigan Medicine and throughout their lifetimes.

“This conversation is about our entire Michigan Medicine community, which is now faced with recognizing and validating the experiences, the identities and voices of those marginalized,” said Erica Odukoya, a U-M medical student.

After outlining a few examples of racism that she and her peers had seen in their time in the organization, Odukoya made it clear that her intention was to use the experiences as a way for others to learn.

“I’m not here to chastise Michigan Medicine for what it did not do yesterday,” she said. “But to present a choice of what Michigan Medicine can do today and in the future.”

The event also included doctors, nurses and shared services personnel. It was moderated by Dee Hunt, the organization’s chief human resources officer.

“Each and every one of us deserves an opportunity to leave in peace, find justice and be held responsible for our actions,” Hunt said. “In addressing this challenge, we must continue to stand together to face the change needed in our country, the state and Michigan Medicine.”

Black Medical Association Virtual Peaceful Protest

University of Michigan Constructive Conversations for Societal Change

Department of Urology Town Hall/Teach Us Something Lecture Series

The Wrap — A Discussion on Racial Disparities and the Current Climate

LEAD: “I Can’t Breathe” — A Call to Action for Leaders in Higher Education

Michigan Medicine Community on Racial Disparities Virtual Forum