Beyond policies and intents: Remodeling equitable workspaces in global health organizations
- Exchange programmes in learning institutions should intentionally include content and activities that seek to undo misconceptions about other cultures.
- Course content should be continuously re-evaluated to weed out non-scientific conclusions that feed into stereotypes.
- Lastly, institutions must provide the students the time and the right tools to become active figures in the fight against discrimination in their future careers.
- Dialogues on stereotyping and cultural differences should be pushed.
- Lived experiences of discrimination should be shared and addressed.
- Bringing to light the different historical narratives of countries they operate in must be encouraged.
- And training every person in the organization to be aware of unconscious biases has to be regularized.
These are activities that can be done to promote an internal reflection and personal dismantling of preconceived discriminating constructs, whilst developing and giving younger generations the space to experience a world without them.
- Phuthumani Mlotshwa, MSc Global Health
- Fiona A. Koeltringer, MD
- Carolina Garcia Sanchez, MMSc Global Health
- Christina Boger, BA Peace and Conflict Studies
- Giorgia Dalla Libera Marchiori, MSc Biomedicine
Jasmine Therese Arcilla, MD, MPH