Commentary on Racial Equity Policy

The Center to Advance Racial Equity is working to amplify diverse voices in op-ed writing on topics across the racial equity landscape.

Data collected by the Diversity Baseline Survey shows fewer than a quarter of publications come from diverse writers (including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and neurodiverse writers). In top-tier publishing spaces, this can be even lower, and many publishers don't collect this data.

Our program aims to diversify the authorship of commentary and provide mentorship and support to writers of different experience levels.

Recent Commentary

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    Reforming Policing: A Neighborhood-by-Neighborhood Perspective

    Disparities in policing outcomes, so often associated with race and ethnicity, have led to divisive discourse on the necessity of police reform in America. So how might we make progress on police reform? Ultimately, the community, in collaboration with local public officials, should determine what it means to serve and protect.

    Sep 28, 2022

    Elicia M. John

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    Removing Barriers to Diversity and Inclusion in the Military

    Efforts to improve representation and remove barriers for personnel with protected characteristics are seen as essential steps for modern militaries, but have not gone without controversy. The UK Armed Forces could take a more-strategic approach to leveraging diversity to elevate it as a strategic enabler of military fighting power in the contemporary threat environment.

    Aug 29, 2022

    Linda Slapakova

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    In Search of an Equity Lens: A Physician's Journey

    Patient health outcomes, communication with providers, and overall patient satisfaction improve when patients and providers share a similar background. Further, diverse work environments may positively impact health care provider job satisfaction. Increasing diversity in health care work settings is a first important step that could help to increase equity and inclusion in these environments.

    Aug 11, 2022

    Mahshid Abir

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    The Imperative to Decolonize Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    The rise in interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has provided opportunity for non-experts to define the field in ways that entrench the status quo, rather than create systemic change. An association of DEI practitioners is needed to move towards decolonizing the DEI field.

    Aug 2, 2022

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    Seven Ways to Build a Truly Equitable DEI Strategy

    Despite growth in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) roles worldwide, not much has changed with the power structure in DEI spaces, which still center on the C-suite and tend to be populated with groups that are less knowledgeable on research in DEI. Here are seven strategies for building a more-equitable DEI program.

    Aug 1, 2022

    Rhianna C. Rogers

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    Buffalo Needs More Deliberation and Fewer Debates

    Rhianna Rogers and Steven Tucker write about the need for more quality dialogue to create cross-cultural understanding.

    Jul 23, 2022

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    'Replacement Theory' Is a Danger to Us All

    “Replacement theory” is woven into the very fabric of American society—and made all the more visible by the precipitous rise in hate crimes today. What can be done to reject this zero-sum thinking?

    Jul 8, 2022

    Douglas Yeung

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    Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion in Health Care Innovation

    For health care innovations to have the fairest and broadest possible benefit to society, efforts could be made to attend to all stages of the innovation pathway to identify opportunities to mitigate biases through diversity, equality, and inclusion.

    Jul 6, 2022

    Robert J. Romanelli, Sonja Marjanovic