FAIR News: Success at the University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Agrees to Change Discriminatory Medical Training Funding Policy
On July 12th, FAIR sent a letter to Dr. Vineet Arora, Dean of the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, expressing concern over a visiting medical student program. The program was proposed to pay a $2,000 per month stipend and offer valuable medical training only to students who are “Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native Americans (American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians), and Asian (Hmong, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Filipino).”
FAIR’s letter informed Dean Arora that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act prohibits recipients of federal funds from discriminating on the basis of race, skin color, and national origin.
We are thrilled to report that on August 5th, FAIR received a message from Dean Arora stating that the school has completed their internal review of the program and they are in the process of “updating their materials in order to ensure compliance with the law.”
This development, along with recent successes flagging discriminatory policies and practices at Emory Law School, Brown University, Anderson University, the Minnesota Private College Council, and Fairfax County Public Schools, showcases how a constructive and compassionate opposition to racism and intolerance can effect change in our institutions.
FAIR is dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding, and humanity.
If you’d like to report an incident of racism or intolerance at your school or organization, reach out to us at FAIRtransparency.org. Our legal team is ready to support you and follow up on all submissions.
FAIR in Medicine Fellowship for Graduate Students in Healthcare
FAIR in Medicine, the official network of healthcare professionals advancing FAIR’s mission in medicine and science, is hosting a Fellowship for Graduate Students in Healthcare. This is an opportunity for medical students and graduate students in healthcare-related fields to learn about FAIR’s tools, strategies, and principles of peaceful change, and to spread FAIR’s message on campus or in healthcare settings.
Fellows will help promote FAIR’s message by participating in a FAIR project, which they will share through their networks at their school or workplace. Projects may include working on webinars, podcasts, writing, research, and planning virtual or in-person events.
Applications are open July 1st – August 31st.
FAIR Book Club: Mark Mathabane’s Kafir Boy
Calling all FAIR book lovers! The FAIR Fellows in Education invite you to our new FAIR Book Club, where all FAIR-minded readers can explore books that challenge and deepen our understanding of what it means to be pro-human.
We kicked off the club with our first book—Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane—with a Zoom session on July 27th, and will host a second conversation on August 17th at 7 p.m. ET.
We hope you’ll join us as we dive into this powerful memoir about the author’s coming of age under apartheid in South Africa.
Do You Have a Pro-Human Perspective to Share? Write for our Substack!
We want the FAIR Substack to be the go-to publication for diverse perspectives on culture and civil rights. Whether you’re a seasoned author or an amateur writer with a story that can contribute to our mission of promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding, and humanity, we would love to receive your stories, opinions, investigations, reviews, interviews, and more!
Please send your piece to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a short personal introduction and a brief, one-paragraph summary of your piece.
Complete articles only (i.e., no “works in progress”).
No previously published submissions—this includes personal blogs as well as online or print publications.
We have no hard word count limits, but prefer submissions between 1,000 and 2,500 words.
We hope to hear from you!
FAIR in Medicine Open House with FAIR Advisor Monica Harris
Join FAIR in Medicine on Thursday, August 11th at 7:00 p.m. CT for our monthly open house, featuring our special guest, FAIR Advisor Monica Harris. Monica will share her perspective on the professional challenges she faced as a high-powered attorney, and how she changed her life to work on issues affecting mental health and our common humanity.
Free Grassroots Training Opportunity: How to Be FAIR Without Starting a Fight
Do you want to share the message of FAIR with others but are worried that it may start a fight?
There is a better way: Empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to have better conversations, share FAIR’s pro-human message, and engage without risking your relationships.s
Register today for this highly interactive live virtual training, happening on August 16th at 6:00 p.m. ET!
FAIR in the Arts Virtual Meetups
Join our FAIR in the Arts team and FAIR in the Arts Fellows to meet other artists and creatives who share pro-human values and want to make a difference in their own communities.
Arts practitioners, advocates, and media professionals—anyone who wants to create a culture where artists and others are free to express themselves, and where we model pro-human values in arts and media institutions—are welcome.
Meetings will include updates on ongoing FAIR in the Arts initiatives, as well as facilitated discussion group sessions. Join us on the following dates:
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET
FAIR Pro-Human School Board Leadership Webinar: Part 1
Please join us on August 25th at 8 p.m. ET for a free webinar on key issues related to school board governance. Learn how to communicate to a broad audience on current educational issues, and to help promote a common culture based on fairness, understanding, and humanity in K-12.
The Webinar will be led by FAIR Action Fellow, FAIR in Education Fellow, and member of the FAIR Twin Cities leadership team, Tanya Simons.
This webinar is open to current school board members, candidates, or individuals involved in school board governance.
FAIR Wellness Webinar Series
Join FAIR Advisor and licensed clinical social worker Zander Keig in an eight-week series of free Wellness Webinars covering the following topics:
Week 1/Week 5: Cultivating Mental Fitness
Week 2/Week 6: Styles of Conflict Management
Week 3/Week 7: Strengthening Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
Week 4/Week 7: How To Form New Habits
Session are on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET beginning August 23rd.
A Pro-Human Approach to Adolescent Gender Dysphoria, with Dr. Erica Anderson and Grace Lidinsky-Smith
Join FAIR in Medicine on Monday, September 19th at 5:00 p.m. ET for our webinar, "A Conversation With Dr. Erica Anderson and Grace Lidinsky-Smith: A Pro-Human Approach to Adolescent Gender Dysphoria."
Moderated by FAIR Senior Advisor Zander Keig, LCSW and featuring world renowned clinical psychologist specializing in gender dysphoria Dr. Erica Anderson, and detransitioner and patient advocate Grace Lidinsky-Smith.
Join us as we continue to explore the pro-human approach to transgender healthcare.
Registration is free and open to all!
Resolving the Race(ism) Dilemma Conference
On September 24th in Lexington, Massachusetts, join FAIR Advisors Dr. Sheena Mason and Greg Thomas, along with Dr. Carlos Hoyt, for a day-long conference designed for everyone interested in overcoming racism—teachers, parents, scientists, scholars, social justice leaders, mental health professionals, journalists, and political leaders.
Learn how racialization produces the illusion of “race” and racism, how to deracialize your worldview, practice antiracialization, and recognize the racelessness of the human species. Explore methods of translating the misleading language of “race” into the actual issues that drive discrimination and oppression. Build connections with others who are eager to not only understand how to move beyond racism but take meaningful action, and consider joining an effort to improve our government's approach to addressing race-based discrimination—one that does not require perpetuating self-racialization.
FAIR Perspectives Episode 25: Why America is Uniquely Stupid, with Jonathan Haidt
Last week on FAIR Perspectives, we spoke with Jonathan Haidt. Jonathan is a social psychologist, professor, and author whose research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures—including the cultures of progressive, conservatives, and libertarians. He is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis, and of The New York Times bestsellers The Righteous Mind, and The Coddling of the American Mind, which he co-authored with Greg Lukianoff.
We chatted with Jonathan about his recent Atlantic article “Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid,” social media and its effects on our discourse and culture, the need for a shared story, the importance of dissent, the distinctions between liberalism and conservatism, the global impact of America’s descent into what he calls “structural stupidity,” and what measures we can take to improve it.
Tune in on YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts!
Submit Questions for an Upcoming FAIR Perspectives Q&A Episode!
Do you have a burning question you’d like to ask FAIR Perspectives hosts Melissa Chen and Angel Eduardo? Submit it for an upcoming Q&A episode of FAIR Perspectives!
We want to give you the opportunity to ask questions about FAIR, the pro-human movement, the podcast, and more.
FAIR News Podcast
Erec Smith: Redefining “Harm” Infantilizes People of Color
For FAIR’s YouTube channel, FAIR Advisor Erec Smith discusses the “concept creep” surrounding the word “harm” in social justice circles, and how this negatively impacts those its use is meant to help.
When you see someone complain about the “harm” imparted by someone else’s words, ask yourself if the complainer’s ideas and tactics will make any real difference in the lives of the truly injured. When harm begins to mean everything, it ceases to mean anything at all.
FAIR’s Pro-Human Tour Visits Denver, Colorado
On June 11th, FAIR’s Pro-Human Tour made its first stop in Denver, Colorado, with a panel featuring FAIR Founder Bion Bartning, FAIR Advisor Daryl Davis, Douglas County Chapter Leader Will Johnson, FAIR in the Arts Fellow Heather Blakeslee, FAIR Advisor Erec Smith, and Douglas County Chapter Leader and Colorado State Coordinator Laureen Boll, and FAIR’s Director of Strategic Relationships and Partnerships Brian Kors. They discussed FAIR’s origins, its mission, and what it means to be pro-human, among other topics
FAIR Diversity Trainings
FAIR Diversity Conversation Series
For all FAIR Members and volunteers. These events are typically held on the first Monday of each month from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET. Register on Calendly to tune into the next one!
Meet FAIR Diversity: What Is Pro-Human? Meetings
For all FAIR Members and volunteers. These events are typically held on the last Monday of each month from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET. Register on Calendly to join the next conversation!
FAIR Chapter Events
FAIR Rhode Island Open House
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