In Part 1 of this three part Black history video series, UC Global Health Institute Director Tom Coates, PhD joined by Communications Director Kemi Amin discuss the troubling legacy of racism in medicine with Douglas Haynes, PhD, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at the UC Irvine.
Racism in medicine reaches back centuries and is a legacy of trauma that continuously impacts African-American health and the way their relationship with the healthcare system. There is a long history of renowned doctors, philosophers, and scientists of each historical era involved in creating and perpetuating racial inferiority mythology and stereotypes. These theories were regularly taught in medical schools the United States during the 18th, 19th, and first half of the 20th centuries. The ideology established by racial inferiority theories and stereotypes, over 400 of enslavement, along with biased educational pedagogy, directly led to medical and scientific abuse, unethical experimentation, and the subjugation of African-Americans for teaching and training purposes.
In Part 2, UC Global Health Institute Director Tom Coates, PhD joined by Communications Director Kemi Amin discuss the troubling legacy of racism in medicine with Douglas Haynes and reflect on his recent Forbes article, "The Meaning Of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Holiday In 2021."
About Douglas Haynes, PhD
Douglas M. Haynes, PhD, is vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at the UC Irvine (UCI). He is also the chief diversity officer at UCI and its medical center. Dr. Haynes leads UCI’s quest to be a national model of inclusive excellence for its nearly 30,000 undergraduates, 7,000 graduate students and 16,500 faculty and staff. He oversaw the creation of the Office of Inclusive Excellence in 2016 and was a founding faculty member of UCI’s Department of African American Studies in 1996 – where he still teaches till this day. Recently, he led the launch around the campus' Black Thriving Initiative, an ambitious and groundbreaking approach that recognizes and responds to anti-Blackness as an existential threat the university's mission. Dr. Haynes is a recognized thought leader on the topics of equity, diversity and inclusion, anti-blackness and racism, free speech, confronting extremism, modern medicine and race and organizational change/leadership. A values-driven researcher, educator and leader for institutionalized inclusive excellence, he is committed to fostering an environment that maximizes every student and faculty member’s capacity to be their best and most authentic selves. Douglas Haynes is a San Francisco native and a graduate of Pomona College and the University of California, Berkeley.