The Wellman Anti-Racism Effort (WARE) is a grassroots working group within the Wellman Center for Photomedicine(WCP)at Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH).
To eradicate racism, and by extension other forms of oppression, in STEM, starting with our own research and Center.
WARE envisions a scientific environment free from racial bias within the WCP and beyond, which is a safe space for everyone in the field.
WARE works in collaboration with both MGH Leadership and the WCP Faculty, but remains an independent group. Our role, as we see it, is to collect information, advocate for change by educating ourselves and our colleagues, propose ideas for bringing about change, assist the WCP leadership, faculty and HR in implementation of those ideas and ensure accountability. Through these actions, we create a more equitable environment within WCP, and can lead other departments in their efforts by example and collaboration. The role of this group will continue to evolve, and we have started this process by taking a proactive stance in identifying shortcomings of WCP when it comes to racial equity and, accordingly, have set concrete short-and long-term goals for ourselves. We have task-orientated subgroups working on:
Gaining a detailed understanding of our demographics and climate of WCP, and identification of racial equity-related shortcomings therein
Education of ourselves and our colleagues, in the form of making anti-racism resources readily available and well-advertised
Evaluating and reinventing the recruitment process, in order to foster diversity within the WCP
Creating support systems within WCP, both in terms of career advancement and in the idea of safe spaces where everyone’s voices can be heard
Reevaluating our clinical research practices to promote diverse representation in clinical trials, while recognizing the inherent biases in our own light-based technologies and ensuring proactive testing for safety and efficacy in patients of all skin tones
Developing an outreach program at WCP in order to build partnerships and offer mentorship to local schools, community organizations and Historically Black Colleges and Universities Through these actions, we believe we can help to make the scientific community an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming one for all.