Senior Project Advisor
BIPOC, people of color, racialization, racism, health
Living in a racist society negatively effects the health and wellbeing of people of color in ways that can be felt in everyday life. People of color experience higher levels of stress due to exposure to racism at multiple societal levels including systemic racism and interpersonal discrimination. Elevated stress is a precursor to many health conditions, and contributes to explaining racial health disparities seen across America. This oral history record displays some examples of what racialization looks like and how racism has affected BIPOC health. Understanding that race is a social construct but racism causes serious health effects is necessary for moving towards a more compassionate society where BIPOC have the same quality of life as our white counterparts.
Trigger warnings: Discussions of racism, discrimination, and racial trauma. Mentions of suicide, gun violence, police violence against Black Americans, genocide, mental health issues.
Dong, Olivia, "We Walk in Different Worlds" (2023). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 729.
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