We waited with everyone else in the week before Christmas 2021 to see whether there would be accountability in the murder of Daunte Wright. There was a verdict, a legal decision against one person. But we know that many before faced no judgment at all and the system itself has yet to be held accountable.
The painful truth is that real justice would be if Daunte were alive and celebrating this season with his family. We stand with Daunte’s family and acknowledge the sorrow of his loss during this holiday season and beyond.
The discourse on this verdict will die down – and then what? For us in the Division, we are finding ways to bring an anti-racist and anti-oppression lens to our research, our clinical practice, and our training, technical assistance, and consultation. We are creating brave spaces to raise our individual and collective consciousness with the goal of catalyzing youth-centered justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion so that all youth have opportunities for full health and the greatest potential.
Racism and other oppressive practices and policies are poisons to our children’s development. We see that every day, particularly in our health care settings. So, we state again: it is everyone’s role to stop all forms of racism. We must redouble our efforts to advance public agendas centered on justice and equity.
Through its Interdisciplinary Fellowship & LEAH programs, the Division prepares pre- and post-doctoral fellows from the disciplines of medicine, social work, nursing, psychology, nutrition, and public health for leadership careers in academia, public agencies, and youth-serving community-based organizations, including local, state, and national and social service organizations.
Our division collaborates with several community clinics to provide pediatric services from birth to young adulthood. We provide general pediatric primary care as well as specialty care in adolescent health. Areas of expertise and interest include healthy youth development, positive parenting, care coordination for children and youth with chronic conditions, advancing health equity among vulnerable youth and under-resourced populations, and addressing social determinants of health. Learn more about our clinical sites.