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Breaking the Silence: Time to Talk about Race and Racism
David Acosta and Kupiri Ackerman-Barger

March 2017 - Volume 92 - Issue 3 - p 285–288

Recent events in the United States have catalyzed the need for all educators to begin paying attention to and discovering ways to dialogue about race. No longer can health professions (HP) educators ignore or avoid these difficult conversations. HP students are now demanding them. Cultural sensitivity and unconscious bias training are not enough. Good will and good intentions are not enough. Current faculty development paradigms are no longer sufficient to meet the educational challenges of delving into issues of race, power, privilege, identity, and social justice.

Engaging in such conversations, however, can be overwhelmingly stressful for untrained faculty. The authors argue that before any curriculum on race and racism can be developed for HP students, and before faculty members can begin facilitating conversations about race and racism, faculty must receive proper training through intense and introspective faculty development. Training should cover how best to engage in, sustain, and deepen interracial dialogue on difficult topics such as race and racism within academic health centers (AHCs). If such faculty development training—in how to conduct interracial dialogues on race, racism, oppression, and the invisibility of privilege—is made standard at all AHCs, HP educators might be poised to actualize the real benefits of open dialogue and change.

Currciulum Guides

Physical Therapy

APTA Blueprint for Teaching Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy Education (PDF)

A Guide to Cultural Competence in the Curriculum: Physical Therapy (PDF)


Cultural Competency in Nursing Education (AACN)

Speech-Language Pathology

A Guide to Cultural Competence in the Curriculum: Speech-Language Pathology (PDF)

Occupational Therapy

A Guide to Cultural Competence in the Curriculum: Occupational Therapy (PDF)

Physician Assistant

Core Cultural Competencies for Physician Assistant Students (PAEA [Word])

Health Professions

Curriculum Enhancement Module Series (NCCC)

Gilbert MJ. Principles and recommended standards for cultural competence education of health care professionals. The California Endowment. Published 2003. (PDF)

Program Assessment

TACCT – Tool for Assessing Cultural Competence Training

Cultural Competence Teaching Resources

Culture Schematic

These resources for diversity and cultural competence education have been developed by Librarian Jessica Bell, MS, and Professor Charles Haynes, EdD, CCC-SLP, in concert with a number of faculty members from the Institute.