NBME Creates a 21-Day Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Educational Challenge

Posted April 2, 2021

NBME strives to demonstrate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) values and practices in everything we do--in our staff composition and work culture; through our products and services; and in our engagement with the Philadelphia, medical education and assessment communitiesTo enhance our knowledge and understanding of DEI issues as they relate to health care, education, race, systemic racism and allyship, NBME curated content for a 21-Day DEI Educational Challenge. We are pleased to share with you the educational journey NBME staff and Executive Board participated in.


 

What NBME Teams Experienced in the 21-Day DEI Educational Challenge:

  • A thematically organized and curated collection of content that builds on previous learnings.
  • Daily selections of materials, which provided the flexibility to engage with one or multiple activities, depending on time available.
  • Various media and resources that appealed to different learning styles and preferences.
  • Exact amounts or approximations of reading/listening/viewing times.

In addition, the content was grouped weekly. For Week 1, the content established a foundation of DEI concepts and issues. Materials included within Week 2 presented more advanced learnings. Lastly, the content for Week 3 delved even deeper, fostering reflection and growth. 

Note: Some resources required a LinkedIn account to access the content. These resources are indicated with asterisks*.

 

Week 1

Day 1: Privilege and Antiracism 

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Watch a video

What is Privilege?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD5f8GuNuGQ&feature=youtu.be 

4

Complete an Activity 

How Privileged Are You? 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/regajha/how-privileged-are-you 

10 

Watch a Video 

Are You Racist? 'No' isn't a good enough answer? 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/video/2016/jan/13/marlon-james-are-you-racist-video 

2:05 

Read or Listen 

Historian Ibram X. Kendi On How To Be An Antiracist 

https://www.npr.org/local/309/2019/10/30/774704183/historian-ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist 

21 

 

Day 2: Antiracism, Behavior Change and Bias 

Note: Some resources require a LinkedIn account to access the content. These sources are indicated with asterisks*.

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Watch a Video 

How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time 

16:42 

Read an Article 

Cognitive Biases: What They Are and How They Affect People 

https://effectiviology.com/cognitive-biases/ 

15 

Watch a Video 

Why unconscious bias matters to business* 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/unconscious-bias/why-unconscious-bias-matters-to-business?u=41881428 

1:58 

Watch a Video 

Unconscious Bias – The Impact of Bias* 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/unconscious-bias/the-impact-of-bias?u=41881428 

1:51 

Watch a Video 

Unconscious Bias – Affinity Bias* 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/unconscious-bias/affinity-bias?u=41881428 

1:56 

Watch a Video 

Unconscious Bias – Halo Bias* 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/unconscious-bias/halo-bias?u=41881428  

2:06 

Watch a Video 

Unconscious Bias – Perception Bias* 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/unconscious-bias/perception-bias?u=41881428 

2:32 

 

Day 3: Structural Racism & Equity

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Watch a Video 

The Enduring Myth of Black Criminality 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQo-yYhExw0 

3:15 

Read an Article 

Welfare Money Is Paying for a Lot of Things Besides Welfare 

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/06/through-welfare-states-are-widening-racial-divide/591559/ 

Listen to a Podcast 

Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/11/562623815/scientists-start-to-tease-out-the-subtler-ways-racism-hurts-health 

Read an Article 

She Coined the Term ‘Intersectionality’ Over 30 Years Ago. Here’s What It Means to Her Today 

https://time.com/5786710/kimberle-crenshaw-intersectionality/?utm_source 

 

Day 4: Historical Trauma & Mental Health

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Watch a Video 

What is Historical Trauma?  

Note: Please scroll down to access the video. 

https://extension.umn.edu/mental-health/historical-trauma-and-cultural-healing 

5:52 

Watch a Video 

How Do People (and Communities) Experience Historical Trauma? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjJUQlodh0g 

6:07 

Watch a Video 

What is Cultural Healing? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1o7ls7JnxA 

5:18 

 

Day 5: Inclusion, Childhood Trauma and Stereotyping

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Read an Article 

‘Latinx’ hasn’t even caught on among Latinos. It never will. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/latinx-latinos-unpopular-gender-term/2020/12/18/bf177c5c-3b41-11eb-9276-ae0ca72729be_story.html 

Watch a Video 

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95ovIJ3dsNk 

16:02 

Read a Study 

Adverse Childhood Experiences 

Complete an Activity 

Social Identity Matrix 

15 

Watch a Video 

How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do 

8:10 

 

Day 6: Racial Identity Formation

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Watch a Video 

A Conversation with My Black Son: https://youtu.be/lXgfX1y60Gw 

5:05 

Watch a Video 

A Conversation with Police on Race: https://youtu.be/5Funraox29U 

6:37 

Watch a Video 

A Conversation with Black Women on Race: https://youtu.be/U-xz4qiUBsw 

5:57 

Watch a Video 

A Conversation About Growing Up Black: https://youtu.be/rSAw51caEeg 

5:11 

Watch a Video 

A Conversation with White People on Race: https://youtu.be/xXow7olFyIM 

5:25 

Watch a Video 

A Conversation with Asian-Americans on Race: https://vimeo.com/378323127 

7:19 

Watch a Video 

A Conversation with Latinos on Race: https://youtu.be/tLLCHbCgJbM 

6:31 

Watch a Video 

A Conversation with Native Americans on Race: https://youtu.be/siMal6QVblE 

6:23 

 

Day 7: Racial Identity Formation

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Listen to a Podcast 

Nice White Parents, Episode 1 

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nice-white-parents/id1524080195 

60

Read an Article 

Getting Over Your Fear of Talking About Diversity 

https://hbr.org/2019/11/getting-over-your-fear-of-talking-about-diversity 

 

Week 2

You are progressing right along into Week 2 with content that will focus on more advanced learnings. Next week, the content will delve even deeper, fostering reflection that is critical to a DEI journey.

 

Day 8: Antiracism; Communications & Cultural Sensitivity; Inclusion

Note: Some resources require a LinkedIn account to access the content. These sources are indicated with asterisks*.

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Watch a Video/Listen to a Sermon 

The Last Sunday Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFmP3YA3i9g 

47:26 

Watch a Video 

Be an ally - From Communicating about Culturally Sensitive Issues by Daisy Lovelace* 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/communicating-about-culturally-sensitive-issues/be-an-ally?u=41881428 

4:56 

Watch a Video 

Respond with empathy - From Communicating about Culturally Sensitive Issues by Daisy Lovelace* 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/communicating-about-culturally-sensitive-issues/respond-with-empathy?u=41881428 

4:14 

Watch a Video 

Ouch! How to share feedback that you're offended - From Communicating about Culturally Sensitive Issues by Daisy Lovelace* 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/communicating-about-culturally-sensitive-issues/ouch-how-to-share-feedback-that-you-re-offended-2?u=41881428 

4:51 

Watch a Video 

Oops! Ways to apologize - From Communicating about Culturally Sensitive Issues by Daisy Lovelace* 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/communicating-about-culturally-sensitive-issues/oops-ways-to-apologize-2?u=41881428 

4:24 

Watch a Video 

Building trust - Leading Inclusive Teams by Daisy Lovelace* 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/leading-inclusive-teams/building-trust?u=41881428 

3:31 

Watch a Video 

Using inclusive language - Leading Inclusive Teams by Daisy Lovelace* 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/leading-inclusive-teams/using-inclusive-language?u=41881428 

3:51 

Watch a Video 

Adjusting your communication style - Leading Inclusive Teams by Daisy Lovelace* 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/leading-inclusive-teams/adjusting-your-communication-style?u=41881428 

3:53 

 

Day 9: Allyship, Cultural Sensitivity and Inclusion

Note: Some resources require a LinkedIn account to access the content. These sources are indicated with asterisks*.

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Read an Article 

Guide to Allyship 

https://guidetoallyship.com/#the-work-of-allyship

Read an Article 

Ten Things Allies Can Do 

Watch a Video 

5 Tips For Being an Ally 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dg86g-QlM0 

3:31 

Watch a Video 

Getting Called Out and How to Apologize 

https://youtu.be/C8xJXKYL8pU 

8:36 

Watch a Video 

Providing feedback in diverse teams* 

4:27 

Watch a Video 

Delegate work and opportunities equitably* 

3:52 

Watch a Video 

Understand unconscious bias in hiring* 

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/leading-inclusive-teams/understand-unconscious-bias-in-hiring?u=41881428 

3:59 

 

Day 10: Women in Politics and Voters’ Rights

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Read an Article 

Five You Should Know: African American Suffragists 

https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/five-you-should-know-african-american-suffragists 

Listen to a Podcast 

Claim Us If You're Famous – NPR’s Code Switch focuses on Kamala Harris 

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/10/933631207/claim-us-if-youre-famous 

36:29 

Read an Article 

The State of Native American Voting Rights 

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/state-native-american-voting-rights 

Read an Article 

Democracy Disrupted 

https://facingtoday.facinghistory.org/democracy-disrupted-the-15th-amendment-turns-150 

 

Day 11: LGBTQIA+

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Read an Article 

My Stonewall Is Black 

https://www.bet.com/style/living/2019/06/04/pride-month-column-1.html 

Read & Tune In 

Stonewall at 50: Stories of Resistance & Resilience 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/amp-stories/stonewall-riots-50th-anniversary-lgbt-gay-pride-stories-resistance-resilience/ 

15 

Watch a Video 

LGBTQ 101 presentation 

https://unitedwaydsm.wistia.com/medias/inasrjat9f 

16:27 

Read an Article 

What’s the Big Deal About Misgendering and Deadnaming? 

https://aninjusticemag.com/whats-the-big-deal-about-misgendering-and-deadnaming-723106144604?gi=32294345d1cb 

Read a Quick Guide 

LGBTQ 101 

https://www.glaad.org/sites/default/files/allys-guide-to-terminology_1.pdf 

10  

 

Day 12: Equity; Racism in Health Care

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Listen to a Podcast 

How Student Loan Forgiveness Could Increase Inequality 

https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/how-student-loan-forgiveness-could-increase-inequality/  

11:19 

Read an Article 

Income Inequality Among Philadelphia's Workforce: An Update 

http://economyleague.org/providing-insight/leadingindicators/2020/08/05/incomeinequalityupdate2020 

Listen to a Podcast 

Diagnosing our National Disease 

https://beyond-the-white-coat.simplecast.com/episodes/diagnosing-our-national-disease 

34:56 

Complete an Activity 

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack 

http://www.loyno.edu/engage/sites/loyno.edu.engage/files/mac_gallavan_act1.pdf 

15 

 

Day 13: Race & Gender Inclusion; Bias; Cultural Competence

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Watch a Video 

What to Do When You Don't Have a Seat at the Table 

https://youtu.be/Y0dTyGtj-_E 

14:07 

Read an Article 

We Teach A.I. Systems Everything, Including Our Biases 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/technology/artificial-intelligence-bias.html 

Watch a Video 

Cultural Competency Continuum 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JNUxwHh7j8 

3:02 

Read an Article 

Cultural Competence or Cultural Humility: Moving Beyond the Debate 

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1524839919884912 

 

Day 14: Inclusivity; Systemic Racism in Philadelphia

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Read an Article 

Race and Exclusion in Philadelphia: Snapshots from the Past 100 Years (part 1 of 2) 

https://generocity.org/philly/2019/03/27/race-and-exclusion-in-philadelphia-snapshots-from-the-past-100-years/ 

Read an Article 

Race and Exclusion in Philadelphia: Snapshots from the Past 100 Years (part 2 of 2) 

https://generocity.org/philly/2019/04/10/race-and-exclusion-in-philadelphia-snapshots-from-the-last-100-years-part-ii/ 

Read an Article 

A Look at How Philadelphia's Gayborhood Has Changed 

https://www.phillymag.com/news/2019/10/19/gayborhood-midtown-village/ 

Read an Article 

Racial Discrimination Is the Legacy South Philly Can’t Seem to Outgrow 

https://www.phillymag.com/news/2019/07/06/racial-discrimination-in-south-philly/ 

 

Week 3

Continuing in this Educational Challenge means that you are gradually cultivating a DEI mindset. The content for Week 3 is designed to foster reflection and growth. 

 

Day 15: Racism in Health Care

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Watch a Video 

Ethics Talk: Hacking Structural Racism in Health Care 

https://edhub.ama-assn.org/ama-journal-of-ethics/video-player/18567189?utm_source=silverchair_edhub&utm_campaign=activity_alert-edhub&utm_content=weekly_batch&cmp=1&utm_medium=email 

19:31 

Read an Article 

New AMA policies recognize race as a social, not biological, construct 

https://www.ama-assn.org/press-center/press-releases/new-ama-policies-recognize-race-social-not-biological-construct 

Read an Article 

Blacks and skepticism re: Coronavirus vaccine  

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/black-vaccine-trust/2020/12/07/9245e82e-34c2-11eb-b59c-adb7153d10c2_story.html 

Read an Article 

Hidden in Plain Sight — Reconsidering the Use of Race Correction in Clinical Algorithms 

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMms2004740 

10 

Read an Article 

How Ala Stanford Became a Champion for the Health of Black Philadelphians Amid COVID 

https://www.phillymag.com/healthcare-news/2020/08/08/ala-stanford-black-doctors-covid-19-consortium/ 

 

Day 16: Bias and Racism in the Criminal Justice System

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Read an Article 

Study Finds Persistent Racial Bias in Police Traffic Stops and Searches 

https://thecrimereport.org/2020/07/09/study-finds-persistent-racial-bias-in-police-traffic-stops-and-searches/ 

Listen to a News Report 

Muslims Over-Represented In State Prisons, Report Finds 

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/25/745226402/muslims-over-represented-in-state-prisons-report-finds 

Watch a Video 

The Origins of Policing in America 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBvo2OE5kqM 

7:04 

Read an Article 

A Better Way: 50+ Action Items to Fight Against Racism In Your Community 

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/a-better-way-50-plus-action-items-to-fight-against-racism-white-supremacy-in-your-community-edc5a8b63b13 

12 

Listen to a Podcast 

Justice in America: Episode 28: School to Prison Pipeline. 

71 

 

Day 17: Reparations

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Read an Article 

Johns Hopkins Reveals That Its Founder Owned Slaves 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/09/arts/johns-hopkins-slavery-abolitionist.html 

Read an Article 

Georgetown Reparations Plan for Slaves Sold by University Draws Criticism from Students 

https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2019/11/04/georgetown-reparations-plan-slaves-sold-university-draws-criticism 

Read an Article 

The Case for Reparations 

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/ 

15 

 

Day 18: White Privilege

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Listen to a Podcast 

What's in a Karen?  https://www.npr.org/2020/07/14/891177904/whats-in-a-karen 

23:28 

Read an Article 

The Sugarcoated Language of White Fragility 

10 

Read an Article 

Settler Fragility: Why Settler Privilege Is So Hard to Talk About 

10 

 

Day 19: White Privilege and Racialized Capitalism

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 

(Minutes) 

Read an Article 

White America's Racial Illiteracy: Why Our National Conversation Is Poisoned from the Start 

Read an Article 

 

Capitalism Is Built on the Backs of Black Women 

Read an Article 

 

The Wage Gap Is Even Worse for Native Women 

Read an Article 

 

Study documents Latina domestic workers' economic hardship  

 

Day 20: Bias

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Complete an Activity 

Implicit Association Test: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html 

20 

 

Day 21: Justice

Action 

Content Title and Link 

Timing 
(Minutes) 

Read a Letter 

Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. 

https://www.csuchico.edu/iege/_assets/documents/susi-letter-from-birmingham-jail.pdf 

20 

 

Conclusion

Many say that a habit can be built in 21 days. With this 21-day DEI Educational Challenge, our goal was to begin cultivating a DEI mindset; this sharpened focus will be instrumental as we continue to execute on our mission and strategy, incorporating DEI into everything we do.

NBME's DEI journey is a strategic imperative, and we look forward to sharing our progress with you.

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