As faculty, staff, and trainees of the Interdisciplinary Training Fellowship Programs in child, adolescent, and young adult health, we stand for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. These core values guide how we engage in research, training, clinical practice, outreach, and advocacy. We know racism and other forms of oppression are harmful to the lives and wellbeing of young people and the spheres of connections surrounding them, such as families and neighborhoods. We feel an urgent sense of responsibility to do our part to prevent, reverse, and end this harm. Therefore, in all our work, we pledge to use an intersectional lens of justice, antiracism, and anti-oppression to advance systems in which all youth can live to their fullest potential, and to train the next generation of leaders to do the same We take on this mission both individually and collectively through personal learning and reflection as well as organizational change. We join with our community - especially marginalized young people, youth-serving organizations, and our faculty, staff, and trainees from non-dominant groups - in our commitment to advance youth-centered justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Our work is informed by the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine’s position paper
Racism and its Harmful Effects on Nondominant Racial-Ethnic Youth and Youth-Serving Providers: A Call to Action for Organizational Change.
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Statement: January 2022