Committee Status and Timeline to Date

Nov 30

Scheduled date of second Town Hall to review ARUAC committee recommendations and action plan and solicit additional feedback.


The Office of Diversity and the ARUAC Committee continue to serve as conduits for spreading the word to our UI COM community on how to learn more and get involved, including:


ARUAC Steering Committee review the consolidated set of recommendations. Committee members work on:

  1. Organizing the output according to action category
  2. Removing duplication of recommendation, and
  3. Better estimating budgets and potential timelines.


Dean’s Office and COM continue to reiterate the importance of and commitment to anti-racism via multiple communications including a video message at the start of the new academic year welcoming new students and others who are new to our College of Medicine community

July – September

Over 300 members of the COM community join the 10 different subcommittees and actively participate in the process of creating a set of recommendations with the goal of reducing racism. Subcommittee leads and Steering Committee meet bi-weekly to review.


ARUAC Steering Committee agrees to divide the work of creating COM urgent action recommendations into 10 separate Subcommittees (as described below) charged with developing an initial set of recommendations within 2 to 3 months.

Late June

COM establishes the ARUAC (Anti-Racism Urgent Action Committee) Committee

June 11

COM holds its first all-inclusive town hall on anti-racism – “Racism and Medicine: A Call for a Culture Change.”

This was the start of a broader “listening campaign” including regular meetings with students and ad-hoc meetings and discussions with faculty and staff aimed at better understanding all COM community concerns and potentials avenues for mitigating racism.

Late May/Early June, 2020

In light of the senseless killing of George Floyd and other minority-directed atrocities, the College of Medicine (in concert with the University call to action) agree an urgent action plan is needed. Read more.