2020 has brought to the fore of our consciousness two global pandemics: COVID-19 and systemic racism. Neither can, nor should, be ignored. On the matter of diversity, equity and inclusion, OB/GYN has committed and mobilized the entire Department to learning and improving through the development and execution of anti-racism programming. 

  • Department-wide two hour anti-racism workshop on September 30th from 8am-10am. 

  • Faculty, trainees, and staff from across the department have stepped up to volunteer on a number of tasks to transform our workplace into a more inclusive and less racist space.

  • The Resident Journal Club focused on Health Equity on August 5th. 

  • We are planning a workshop to explore the effects of the carceral system on women of color and their reproductive health this fall.

  • If you are passionate about an issue related to racism and diversity in our workplace, let the DEI Council know.  We can connect you with other volunteers in the department who may already be working on the issue, or give you some resources and support to get started on making positive change.

  • There is also a compilation of anti-racism resources in this folder that came out of our initial meetings in June 2020. 

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Anti-Racism and Health Equity Workshops 2020









Mistreating Health Inequities in the Genomic Age: The Need for Reproductive Justice and Structural Competency, Dr. Dorothy Roberts

  • In this session we will watch the ground rounds video above and conduct a brief discussion afterwards.

Recommended Reading:  "Structural Competency Meets Structural Racism"; Fatal Invention excerpts 


Dr. Lisa Callegari



8am – 9:30am

UCSF Innovating Education Structures & Self curriculum

  • This session will involve breaking up into small groups to work through 4 short videos prompts with accompanying discussion topics.
  • We encourage you to view the videos here in advance so that you will feel prepared for discussion. These high quality, high impact 5-minute video clips are produced by the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.


Recommended reading: "Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Peggy McIntosh, an Atlantic article from 2017 and critical race theory text for definitions of White Supremacy in healthcare


Faculty Group: Drs. Prager, Kremer, and Callegari

Resident Group: Dr. Sanchez

Staff Group: Erin McCoy and Kelly Gilmore




Race in Medicine- What you see isn’t want you get

This session will be a lecture presented by Naomi Shike, MD, MSc. She is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington.


There will be short amount of time at the end of Dr. Shike’s lecture to ask questions. In Session #4 the following week on 8/12/20 we will have the opportunity to break out into small groups for a more in-depth discussion regarding the issue of race in medicine within our own clinical practices, research, and lives.


Guest Speaker Dr. Naomi Shike 





Race-Based Medicine Part 2

In this session we will start by watching a 13-minute video “It’s Time to Talk about Racism in Medical Education” before breaking up into small groups to facilitate further discussion on race in medical practice and research. For the final 10 minutes we will come back to the full group for some final thoughts.




Please read the below 3 articles before the session to be prepared for the small group discussion:


Dr. Shani Delaney



9/30   8am-11am  Department-wide Anti-Racism Workshop                                                   Omid Bagheri Garakani, MPH   via Zoom 

Workshop Outline

8-8:30am  Introductions, short break out groups to discuss why anti-racism is important to the department and our work

8:30- 9am Presentation with polling questions: examine how white supremacy and racism operate at different levels of society and within different institutions including healthcare

9-10am     Learn strategies for cultivating an anti-racist mindset in every aspect of our lives, breakout groups

Workshop Goals

  • Create a shared understanding of what racism is and what specific terms mean like: anti-racism, racism, diversity, equity, inclusion 
  • Develop a growing understanding of how racism and oppression operate on different levels (e.g structural, institutional, interpersonal, and individual) 
  • Describe the historical context of racial oppression and how it affects the public’s health
  • Explain and introduce the caucus model and the work it entails to undo internalized racism and promote anti-racist behaviors 
  • Provide tools to call out and disrupt racism to counter racialized dynamics in the workplace
  • Understand common behaviors that detract from these conversations, like white fragility, so we can better interrupt racialized dynamics in the moment 
  • Recognize our role in addressing and practicing anti-racism in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the School of Medicine