Overall this program expanded my worldview immensely. I did not understand the extent of white privilege in terms of how pervasive it is within all of society, in every realm. It rocked my world daily. I went to bed every night shook.
In my last blog post I talked about being more secure in my views and holding stronger opinions without doubting their value. Now, after leaving the program, I feel that I have the tools to stand up and share them. It is very scary for me to share what may be controversial opinions, but people are exceptionally receptive. I also feel less worried that other people may disagree with me.
This program matters not only for the confidence it has given me, but more importantly because it has made me hypercritical of institutions which I used to take for granted because they did not harm me in any way. I plan to hold onto this heightened awareness as long as possible, especially as I move into the medical field. This foundation will hopefully keep me aware of the potential hazards, such as provider bias, that could prevent me from being the best physician I can be.
When I return to Duke, I plan to use the lessons I learned on this program to work toward bettering the culture on campus to be more equitable and conscientious. As Director of Programming for Panhellenic, I want to use information I learned this summer to shape our Panhellenic semester. Specifically, I plan to work with one of our community partners, Legal Momentum, to bring back education material to combat the predatory culture that plagues many Greek events.
Finally, I want to thank everyone in my program for helping me to change my outlook. Especially, thank you to Choices for allowing me to work so closely with the women we served and throughout the clinic. Most importantly, thank you Ada and Shannan for making this the most incredible summer.