Inspired Artist


June 16, 2020

Today I am speaking with Vibhuti Arya, Pharm.D., MPH, about STRUCTURAL RACISM. Vibhuti is an educator, trainer, speaker, bridging her backgrounds in improv, theatre, and social justice to create brave spaces for conversations around racial and gender equity in pharmacy education and healthcare. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She was recently appointed to assume the helm of worldwide efforts by the Federation of International Pharmacy (FIP) to strengthen and transform systems to provide more gender equity and diversity. Her TEDx Talk is called "Dark Room Methodology: Bringing Light to Structural Racism":

This was a note I got from Vibhuti after our chat, which I thought was important to share: "Also - in reflection of my advocating for being vulnerable to have these discussions - also realizing that part of it is for the white audience. Something to acknowledge is that many communities of color teach kids not to show vulnerability because we have to be strong and survive and don’t have time for that. And so it is structural racism that assigns labels (such as anxious or weak or ‘they can’t handle being in a leadership position) to those who may show vulnerability. Another manifestation of how structural racism (and really a very colonial construct) puts people in categories and assigns them places. So it hurts humanity."

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