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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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USBC CRASH Committee & Transformation Teams

In August 2013, the USBC Board of Directors formed the CRASH Committee to enhance USBC governance, membership, personnel, and coalitions' ability to build structures, systems, and a culture of inclusiveness and mutual support for all peoples. The committee's name comes from the name of a cultural competency training program for medical professionals. "CRASH" is a mnemonic for the following essential components of culturally competent health care: consider Culture, show Respect, Assess/Affirm differences, show Sensitivity and Self-awareness, and do it all with Humility.

The CRASH Committee has developed a set of recommendations for the USBC in each of its four areas, and is serving as the driver of cultural change within the organization by forging national-level dialogue with an emphasis towards action on diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is working in Transformation Teams to prioritize and implement policy and structural changes in each of its four domains: governance/leadership, membership, staff/personnel, and coalitions.

Racial Equity Webinars

The United States Breastfeeding Committee hosts this series of bi-monthly webinars as part of its efforts to "create and model a culture of inclusion, diversity & equity" (USBC Strategic Framework Goal 4). With funding support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this series will focus on building the capacity of the breastfeeding field to apply both an "equity lens" to inform and guide our external strategies and activities, but also an "equity mirror" to examine our internal structures, culture, and policies. Webinars are held every two months (in odd numbered months) on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. 

Access Info

Access to these webinars is open to all in the USBC network of member and partner organizations and breastfeeding coalitions. Topic/speaker details are posted 1-2 weeks before each session on this page and in the Racial Equity Learning Community. The recordings and presentation materials from all past sessions are archived below.

Register for the webinar series

NOTE: To streamline access, these webinars are set up in GotoWebinar as a series. You only need to register for the series once, and you will then receive auto-reminders of each session with the topic/speaker details. Even though you may not be able to attend every webinar session live, the series registration will still send you auto-reminders so that you have easy updates on the topic and links to the live webinar and archives.

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Next Webinar

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

Followed by Post-Webinar Discussion 3:30-4:30PM ET

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Previous Webinar

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 • 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

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Apprenticeships and Health Disparities; A Road Paved with Good Intentions 

Presented by
Hakima Tafunzi Payne
Executive Director, Uzazi Village

The IBCLC profession has historically held many barriers to candidates of color. Many communities of color have too few IBCLCs that look like they do. A lot of barriers have been identified, but one of the least talked about is the role of apprenticeships. This session will discuss the historical development of apprenticeship as a means of passing professional knowledge and the pitfalls of this approach. We will identify how apprenticeships maintain the current professional power structure around acquiring this credential. Apprenticeship often serves as a gatekeeper to who is let in and who is kept out. As both and IBCLC and a midwife, I have encountered this closed and locked door making these professionals at best inhospitable, and at worst inaccessible. Finally, I will discuss how current preceptors can be conscious and intentional in their role in diversifying their profession. We will discuss common pitfalls of working with others across cultural and racial lines with apprentices of color in order to grow the next generation of IBCLCs to meet the needs of communities that currently go unserved.

Webinar Archives

To search the archives by keyword, speaker name, and more, visit the file library in the Racial Equity Learning Community.