Diversity & Inclusion Panel at the 2014 Summit
GlobeMed was founded by students who recognized that the voices of communities most affected by inequity were missing, unjustly, from global health efforts. At GlobeMed’s core, we believe that bringing missing and marginalized voices to the table is essential for achieving health equity.
In line with these founding values, a new GlobeMed Diversity & Inclusion Initiative was created to harness the collective creativity of our network to ensure that we’re building a safe and inclusive movement. Through expanding financial support to low-income students, welcoming seven Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) into the GlobeMed network, and hiring a Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, this initiative seeks to continually examine and challenge how GlobeMed operates within larger systems of privilege.
Your support has allowed us to reimagine a GlobeMed that includes, empowers, and is relevant to people from all walks of life who are interested in joining our network. We hope that through this work, our network can become a pioneering example of inclusivity in the field of global health and change the face of the movement for health equity.
One GlobeMed student, Breanna Wilkerson, powerfully exemplifies the importance of diversity and inclusion within the field of global health. Breanna entered our network in 2013 as the founder of GlobeMed at Spelman College and has been instrumental in shaping GlobeMed’s conversations about privilege, health, and diversity. Writing for the GlobeMed blog, Breanna perfectly articulates the importance of inclusion:
"There are not many spaces in this world constructed for me. As a parentless, low-income, first generation student and black woman, I find myself in a reoccurring situation of having to negotiate or explain my seemingly complex narrative. Not only has GlobeMed become a central and necessary space for my vision and voice, but it serves as the most consistent driving force in my intellectual activism. There is something so incredibly sweet, special, and revolutionary that happens when you are positioned in a room filled with sundry shades, stories, experiences, and radical voices discussing global health."
To read the rest of her reflection, visit www.globemed.org/globemed-voices-breanna.