Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Pathology Anti-Racism Taskforce (PART)

About the Taskforce

Our mission is to equip the Department of Pathology’s staff and faculty with shared language, practices, tools, and dialogues to diagnose racism at personal, interpersonal, and institutional levels to promote racial equity and social justice.  We do this by accomplishing our goals to:

  • Building relationships with like-minded individuals that support anti-racism via dialogue-based learning experiences
  • Be stewards of change within the department by providing educational materials, speaking events, and lunch-and-learn
  • Challenge institutional practices that may be contributing to systemic racialization
  • Partner with OHEI representatives to provide anti-racism training events

Contact Us
For general information, questions, suggestions for events, etc; please contact us at:

Team.PART@umich.edu

Or team lead Jenna Koelsch:
jkoelsch@umich.edu


Video Announcement

Watch our video that introduces our taskforce and its mission.

Watch Here

Equality Walk

Learn more about this annual event that started in 2020.


Read More

Events

See PARTs upcoming events in the DEI events calendar.


See Calendar


 

Meet the Taskforce  

Jenna Koelsch

Jenna Koelsch
Medical Technologist / Michigan Medical Genetics Laboratories
PART Team Co-Lead

As a future Public Health leader, I am passionate in the pursuit of social justice and health equity. To reach these goals, it requires each individual in every group of all organizations to become educated in concepts of intersectionality, where racism, sexism, and classism oppress marginalized groups. I am proud to be a part of the Pathology Anti-Racism Taskforce where we can work with our colleagues to become more informed about structural racism, address our biases, and create a space of belonging for all people. 

 

Angela Wu, MD
Associate Professor
PART Team Co-Lead

I am passionate about the work we are doing in this task force; one thing that I have learned over the years is that everyone has biases that they need to work through.  Despite the depressing divisiveness in our country over the past few years, when I look at younger generations and at the work that this task force is trying to do, I have hope that we can tackle structural racism together. 

 

Marie Brady
Executive Assistant / Dr. Liron Pantanowitz, Anatomic Pathology Director

At my core, I believe that anti-racism is pro-people. We do not live in a zero-sum society, where if one person succeeds someone else must fail; everyone can be successful without depriving others of their own success. In many cases, the arguments of racists are ruses to justify hating others. If no one counters those justifications, those who harbor them will feel free to continue.

 

Keisha Beck
Project Manager / Division of Quality and Health Improvement

I still believe in the innate goodness of people.  We are not born with racism in our hearts, we are taught it, and the only way to combat racism is to live and teach anti-racism.  We all have to be made aware of our own biases in order to eliminate them.  As we educate and improve ourselves, we are in a better position to be an example to the next generation.

 
Eileen McMyler

Eileen McMyler
Project Manager / Pathology Informatics

As a project manager, I’m always thinking about how we get from where we are to where we want to be. I’m striving to get to the ‘Growth Zone' depicted in Andrew M. Ibrahim’s, Becoming an Anti-Racist Model. For context, according to Ibram X. Kendi, there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. “One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist.” 

 

Christine Rigney
Operations Director / Anatomic Pathology

I am passionate about health equity, anti-racism, and sexism. I want to actively be a part of the changes that need to be made.  Educating ourselves about bias and racism gives us a way to build a strong foundation and platform to educate and role model for others in the community and at work.  As a member of this task force, I am actively becoming part of the solution and not a passive bystander to inequality and racism.


Anti-Racism Resources 

Michigan Medicine Anti-Racism Oversight Committee (AROC)

Michigan Medicine Office of Health Equity and Inclusion: Events

Putting Racism on the Table: Expanding the Table for Racial Equity

United Way 21-day Equity Challenge

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: America & Moore

TIME’S UP Guide to Equity and Inclusion

Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit

A Conversation on Race: The New York Times

Resources for Combating Anti-Native and Indigenous Racism

Books on Latino Life: The New York Times

TED Talks to help you understand racism in America

The Carr Center / A New Awakening: 2nd Annual Young Artist Exhibition

African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County