1. Nguyen-Truong, Connie K. Y. PhD, RN
  2. Eti, Deborah U. PhD, ARNP, MSN-Ed, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CNE, CEN

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Although research evidence points to racism as a determinant of health, naming and addressing overt or subtle undercurrents of racism that occur within health professions education, including nursing, may still not be widely practiced. Addressing racism is difficult, especially for faculty of color in meeting spaces such as the classroom. Here are elements to consider in teaching. Engage in an empowered reflection by calling racism by name. Take time to reflect on targeted experiences as this can help to process difficult areas to explain. Call out racism to help faculty and students move into the realm of critical consciousness and affirm these experiences to underscore that racism is not okay. Reach out and talk to key faculty colleagues and administrators to emphasize racism. Addressing racism can take a collective effort. Be brave to seek faculty colleagues and administrative leadership who value and practice inclusion of diversity and belonging and can provide insights into social justice, cultural differences, and resources. Talk about the impact of racism and the faculty's role in student learning and development to emphasize the health concern. Be proactive in culturally responsive communication that leverages students' experiences and backgrounds. Students have varying exposures to different cultures. Rather than approaching from a deficit perspective, invite students and faculty to co-contribute to cultural wealth by bringing openness to learning about one another through a written reflection or verbal exchange.