GlobeMed's Anti-Oppression Statement acts as a guiding set of beliefs, values, and practices for our organization.
Whether at home or abroad, people most affected by inequity are often excluded from decision-making that determines their health. GlobeMed believes that oppressed people must be at the forefront of the movement to realize health for all. To achieve this vision, we must actively identify and dismantle systems of oppression that disempower people and weaken our ability to drive change together.
Oppression is your health & wellness being determined by who you are and where you call home.
WHAT IS OPPRESSION?
Oppression occurs when economic, political, legal, and social systems take power from one group while concentrating it in another- based on factors like ability, age, country of origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, immigration status, mental health, race, religion, sexual orientation, and/or socioeconomic class.
GlobeMed commits to anti-oppression, the practice of identifying and dismantling systems of power, through all aspects of our work. The following anti-oppression commitments act as a guiding set of beliefs, values, and practices for our organization:
‣ EXAMINING PRIVILEGE: Examining the privileges we have as an organization and using them to shift power to oppressed groups whenever we can.
‣ UNDERSTANDING OPPRESSION: Developing among students, staff, and partners an understanding of how oppression operates globally, domestically, within the global health field, and within our organization through our curriculum and proactive training.
‣ AMPLIFYING VOICES: Listening to, amplifying, and incorporating the voices of marginalized peoples and communities into our decision making.
‣ INCREASING ACCESS: Increasing access to GlobeMed for a greater variety of undergraduate institutions that exist within the U.S. higher education system.
‣ REDUCING BARRIERS: Reducing among Board, staff, partners, and students barriers to participation in the network related to socio-economic status, ability, and other factors.
‣ CULTIVATING INCLUSION: Cultivating chapters that welcome and reflect the diversity of students on their campuses.
‣ DEVELOPING DIVERSITY: Developing a staff & Board of Directors who reflect the diversity of our network.
GlobeMed commits to embodying these values through our actions. Anti-oppression is life-long work that requires ongoing commitment from individuals and institutions. Therefore, this is a living document to be revised as our understanding of anti-oppression and its role in the movement for health equity evolves.