Learning Materials

How to Deal with Racism or Unconscious Bias from Co-Workers

Leadership Tools - Landing (  Diversity and Inclusion:  I want to talk to my team about Diversity and Inclusion

Unconscious Bias Training:  Required training for Penn Medicine Faculty, Staff and Students by April 1, 2021.

Knowledge Link Program:  Knowledge Link: Inclusivity, Unconscious Bias and Cultural Sensitivity (the below courses can also be searched and taken separately outside of the Program).  It includes these courses:


Inclusion, Diversity and Cultural Humility


Center for Health Equity Advancement


Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences


Unconscious Bias


Improving Your Conflict Competence


Communicating about Culturally Sensitive Issues


Inclusive Leadership


Managing a Diverse Team


Skills for Inclusive Conversations


Cultivating Cultural Competence and Inclusion


Bystander Training: From Bystander to Upstander

Lead Strong: Lunch with Leaders.

Past Livecast

ACT Strategic Roadmap: Next Steps for Addressing Racism and Equity at Penn Medicine

January 28, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Join Cindy Morgan, VP, Organization Development & Learning; Dwaine Duckett, UPHS SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer; Eve Higginbotham, SM, MD, ML, Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity, Perelman School of Medicine; Judith McKenzie, MD, MPH, Occupational Medicine division chief and residency program director; and Lea Rubini, Change Management director, PMA, to fight for racial justice and social equity. Learn more about Action for Cultural Transformation (ACT), hear powerful stories from our leaders, get an update on the Penn Medicine vaccine distribution process and connect with others to share ideas on how we can eliminate racism, mitigate bias and ensure equity at Penn Medicine and in our communities.

Community Dialogue on Confronting Systemic Injustice

June 4, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Join Cindy Morgan, acting vice president of UPHS Human Resources, Phil Okala, COO, UPHS and Frances Johnston, PhDfounder and CEO of the Teleos Leadership Institute, for a discussion on how to lead while acknowledging the acute and chronic suffering that has led to the series of events unfolding across the country and in our own communities over the past few days.


Relevant articles from scientific press

Penn Today

  • From the Freedom Rides to neuroscience - In conversation with Professor of Practice Ben Jealous, neuroscience professor Peter Sterling returned to campus to talk about activism in his youth and how that informed his research in health.  Click here.

Relevant books 

  • Between The World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  "Between the World and Me" is written as a letter to the author's teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States.  Published by Spiegel & Grau, © 2015.  Click here to learn more.
  • Stride Towards Freedom, The Montgomery Story by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Dr. King's account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolence resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate.  King traces the phenomenal journey of a community, and shows how he at twenty-eight-year-old, with his conviction for equality and nonviolence, helped transformed the nation-and the world.  Published  by Beacon Press, © 2010.  For other books by Dr. King, click here.
  • Long Walk to Freedom,  by South African President Nelson Mandela. The book profiles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison.  Published by Little, Brown and Company, © 1994.

  • A Promised Land, by Barack Obama.  A Promised Land is a memoir by Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017.  Published by Crown, © 2020.  Click here to see President Obama's recommended reading list on Anti-Racism.

  • How to be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi.  Published by Random House, © 2019.  Click here to learn more.

Reading for Change:  Booklist Recommends Antiracism Titles for All Ages.

Reading List from The Office of Inclusion and Diversity

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Resources from the Human Rights Campaign

Video Resources

“The Talk” That Every Black Family Has About Police | The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah". April 15, 2021.  Submitted by Florencia Greer Polite, MD

Explained | Racial Wealth Gap, Netflix, April 17, 2020.  Submitted by Florencia Greer Polite, MD

Understanding Systemic Racism.  Submitted by Lisa Henry.

Juneteenth.  Submitted by Lisa Henry.

PBS Kids talk about Race and Racism.  Submitted by Lisa Henry.

Tips for being an ally.  Submitted by Lisa Henry.

The Wonder Years - This is a story that takes place in the 1960's.  It takes a nostalgic look at a black middle-class family (link below).  It's funny, honest and offers some pretty good insight..  Submitted by Lisa Henry.