The world-renowned Mayo Clinic is scheduled to host a three-day course for health care professionals on how to implement “anti-racism in their own work environments.”
The “RISE for Equity: Reflect, Inspire, Strengthen & Empower 2021” conference will be held at the Radisson Blu’s Mall of America location in November.
Participants will “identify practical strategies to implement equity, inclusion, diversity and anti-racism in their own work environments,” according to an event description.
“Recognize strategies to integrate innovation and technology to advance their equity, inclusion, diversity and anti-racism initiatives,” states another “learning objective” for the course, sponsored by Mayo Clinic’s School of Continuous Professional Development.
The number-one hospital in the nation believes an anti-racism course is necessary because “addressing diversity, equity and inclusion in workforce development and organizational culture is essential to providing optimal patient care, achieving health equity, and attracting and engaging the workforce of the future.”
One of the course directors includes Cathy Fraser, Mayo’s chief human resources officer, who said in a 2019 interview that her employer looks to “address this issue of inclusion everywhere.”
“We have affinity groups as well as employee resource groups that focus on fostering this. We have about 30 Mayo employee resource groups. These represent not only ethnic groups or gender groups, but also other kinds of interest groups,” she said.
The term “anti-racism” was popularized by author Ibram X. Kendi, who openly promotes discrimination in his “How To Be An Antiracist” bestseller.
“The only remedy to racist discrimination is anti-racist discrimination,” he writes. “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”