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Commitment to Anti-Racism

The UW Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is committed to identifying, dismantling and replacing racist behaviors, systems and policies within ourselves and our program. We recognize that racism is institutionalized in the United States, including in health care and in higher education. We are committed to making the UW Genetic Counseling Graduate Program a place where students, faculty, staff and fieldwork supervisors who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) are welcomed, feel comfortable and can advance and thrive.

These statements of commitment are meaningless unless they’re backed by action. We're striving for transparency and accountability in this anti-racism work, so below are some specific things we have done, are doing and will do.

We acknowledge that we have an all-white program leadership team.  We’re committed to educating ourselves and to doing the anti-racism work, both personally and professionally. We realize that to make true progress we must actively listen to and take direction from BIPOC folks and then act.

We invite all people interested in our program, and especially those who are BIPOC, to engage with us. We encourage you to contact the cochairs of the DARE Committee, Austin Bland or Mercy Laurino (206-606-7760; mercy@uw.edu).

You can use this form to share your thoughts anonymously. Our leadership team discusses all input weekly, and it will shape our work and our program.