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Today, June 10, academicians, research institutions and publications from around the world will be pausing 'business-as-usual' activities and instead #ShutdownSTEM to reflect on the role of racial injustice and systemic bias across STEM fields and how we as a community, as organizations or as individuals can make a plan to take action. We are fortunate to be able to use our current discussion as a platform to amplify their message.

The organizers of #ShutdownSTEM have asked that those in the research community working to end the global Covid-19 pandemic continue their work today. In light of their request, we will honor that and continue in our discussion which is aimed at increasing clinical knowledge of Covid-19, and in particular highlighting the disproportionate impact of this disease on communities of color.

We ask that our discussants and audience also use today to reflect on how how we can use our roles in academia and STEM to make tangible changes that eradicate racism from our institutions, and then make a plan to implement these changes.

We will also aim to have the remainder of our questions for today highlight the impact of Covid-19 on communities of color.

More resources below:

ShutdownSTEM shutdownstem.com/

Note from the editors of Nature on joining #ShutdownSTEM: nature.com/articles/d41586-020...

"What Do Coronavirus Racial Disparities Look Like State By State?"
npr.org/sections/health-shots/...