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Racism is a Public Health Crisis

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health seeks to nurture excellence in the capacity to understand and respond to the root causes of inequity and exclusion, and their links to health and well-being. We recognize that achieving this excellence will not occur without committed, comprehensive and resourced collective action. Investments have been made to ensure that we support faculty members of diverse communities to provide tangible reform and actions to advance these causes at the forefront of public health.

We stand together to help fight against these injustices members of our community experienced.

What's new in Equity

Equity at DLSPH

We recognize that equity and inequity play out in important ways at the interpersonal and individual levels, but we understand their origin to be in social structures that have historic, economic and political roots. This framing also asserts that equity is relational in nature. That is, equity not only involves groups in society that are disadvantaged by certain social structures but also involves groups who receive unearned benefits from these same structures.

We will proactively seek to increase diversity among our community members, and it is our aim to have a student body and teaching and administrative staffs that mirror the diversity of the pool of qualified applicants for those positions. We are already making these investments to address racism to help create a healthier world.


Photo of Prof. Akwatu Khenti

Prof. Akwatu Khenti
Photo credit: Adam Coish

Senior Advisor, Equity and Inclusion
Akwatu Khenti

As a school, we are committed to improving the representation of Black, Indigenous and other racialized students, staff and faculty, and to creating a more inclusive environment for our racialized community members.  Our 2019-2024 Academic Plan lays out some of the goals we hope to achieve. Given the importance of these goals, the DLSPH’s Dean created this senior position, reporting directly to the office, to advance inclusion, equity and diversity across the entire school.

Learn more about this important announcement.

Meet our Health Leads

Leads support the advancement of education and research in Black and Indigenous Population Health to support the creation of an inclusive educational environment at the DLSPH through anti-racism.

Black Health Lead
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Indigenous Health Lead
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Our Initiatives

Investments have been made to ensure that we support faculty members of diverse communities to provide tangible reform and actions to advance these causes at the forefront of public health.