The Department of Medicine, Health, and Society affirms that anti-Black racism is a primary driver of disease and death, and that police violence, which disproportionately targets people of color, is an urgent public health concern. MHS supports Black Lives Matter, and calls for justice in the police killing of George Floyd along with the many Black and Indigenous people killed before him because of White supremacy. As faculty, staff, and students, members of the MHS community commit to supporting and enacting antiracism in research, teaching, and administrative practices, in recognition of antiracism as a key element of collective health and thriving. We call upon our colleagues to share their support and solidarity for Black people and Black lives.
A special issue on the politics of psychiatric knowledge and its globalization, edited by Professors Dominique Behague and Kenneth MacLeish, has just been published in Medical Anthropology Quarterly.
For the safety of our Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff, all MHS department events have been cancelled for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester.
Please see Interim Chancellor’s 3/9/2020 statement regarding non-Athletics, university-sponsored event cancellations.