The Pediatric Residency Program opposes systemic racism and racist behavior. It is a crisis that continues to impact our patients and community. Acts of unnecessary violence towards marginalized groups, including but not limited to members of the Black, Asian, and LGBTQIA+ communities, continue to occur. We stand in support of our residents, fellows, students, faculty, staff and community members who identify with historically marginalized groups.
We are committed to fighting racism and injustice and working for diversity and inclusion in our program and department. As pediatricians, we advocate for and shape the lives and health of the children, families and communities in which we serve. We must continue these efforts and expand our work to eliminate health disparities in Arkansas and our country. As individuals, we must support each other, examine and amend our own biases and find ways to eliminate racism and inequities in our society. We must be empowered agents of meaningful change. We commit to recognizing and addressing systemic racism, and working to eliminate it by changing systems, organizational policies, practices and attitudes in order to redistribute power equitably.