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Artificial Intelligence and Biases

New AI Tools Must Have Health Equity in Their DNA

“This conversation is part of a series of interviews in which JAMA Editor in Chief Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS, and expert guests explore issues surrounding the rapidly evolving intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and medicine. Designing AI tools for clinical use means making choices. Among the most challenging, experts say, is how to develop AI that won’t preserve biases built over generations into the US health care system. It’s an issue the National Academy of Medicine is facing as it works with national leaders to develop an AI Code of Conduct.”

Assessing Biases in Medical Decisions via Clinician and AI Chatbot Responses to Patient Vignettes

“In this cross-sectional study, we observed that AI chatbots provided different recommendations based on a patient’s gender, race and ethnicity, and SES in certain clinical scenarios. We found both overlapping and unique differences in responses among the AI chatbots and between the AI chatbots and physicians. The presence of bias among clinicians and clinical risk algorithms has historically caused disparities in clinical care and led to poorer health outcomes for some marginalized populations. While AI chatbots have shown proficiency in various medical tasks, including passing the United States Medical Licensing Examination, interpreting laboratory tests, and answering patient questions, neither chatbot is approved for medical applications.

The era of blind faith in big data must end

Algorithms decide who gets a loan, who gets a job interview, who gets insurance and much more -- but they don't automatically make things fair. Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O'Neil coined a term for algorithms that are secret, important and harmful: "weapons of math destruction." Learn more about the hidden agendas behind the formulas.

How does a computer discriminate?

OK, not exactly a computer — more like, the wild array of technologies that inform what we consume on our computers and phones. Because on this episode, we're looking at how AI and race bias intersect. Safiya Noble, a professor at UCLA and the author of the book Algorithms of Oppression talks us through some of the messy issues that arise when algorithms and tech are used as substitutes for good old-fashioned human brains. And she says when it comes to understanding Artificial Intelligence, we should emphasize the "A" — and take the "I" with a grain of salt.

Key Terminology & Concepts

Unsure where to start? Begin by grounding yourself in key terminology and concepts to fully understand racism and how it persists in society. 

Diversity refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more.

Equity constitutes equality of opportunity and parity in access to information and resources for all students, faculty, and staff.

Inclusion exists when we create an environment that promotes and values collaborative input, mutual respect and recognition, and diverse perspectives. Inclusion is reflected in our institutional practices and actions that encourage full participation of all campus members.

Understanding Racism 

Taking Criticism While Privileged (Inside Higher Ed)

Advancing Equity and Ways to Engage Right Now (Collective Impact Forum)

Racial Equity Tools Glossary (Racial Equity Tools) 

What Is Intersectionality and Why Is It Important? (Global Citizen)

What do terms like systemic racism, microaggression and white fragility mean? (ABC News) 

The BIPOC Project: A Black Indigenous People of Color Movement (The BIPOC Project)

Anti-Racism Resources - Curated List (UC San Diego Women's Center) 

Explainer: What is systemic racism and institutional racism? (The Conversation) 

158 Resources to Understand Racism in America (Smithsonian Magazine) 

Types of Racial Inequity (Seattle.Gov) 

Anti-Racism Guide: Resources for Education and Action (UC San Diego Library) 

An Anti-Racist Reading List (The New York Times)

This List Of Books, Films And Podcasts About Racism Is A Start, Not A Panacea (NPR)

What Is White Privilege? ( 


On Advocacy, Allyship & Activism

Ally, Advocate and Activist: understanding who we are in the world demanding change (LinkedIn)

What's the Difference Between an Ally & Accomplice? (YWCA)

The Guide to Allyship (

White Accountability Groups (The Center for Transformation and Change)

Collective Impact Forum (

News & Expert Opinion Pieces

‘Race Neutral’ Is the New ‘Separate but Equal’ (The Atlantic) 
Uma Mazyck Jayakumar and Ibram X. Kendi discuss the idea that race, by definition, has never been neutral.

Why These Teens Are Fighting to Learn Multicultural History in School (Parents) 
Two teen sisters are fighting to make Black and Indigenous history a part of American history in school. They are holding school districts accountable for equitable and just public education. Here’s why it matters.

How Textbooks Taught White Supremacy (Harvard)
A historian steps back to the 1700s and shares what's changed and what needs to change.

A Timeline of Racial Progress in the U.S., and the Lack of It, Through the Years (Newsweek)
A look at some, not all, of the seminal events in America's journey toward racial fairness. It shows progress that has been frustratingly slow and painfully hard-won. 

Collecting missing demographic data is first step to fighting racism in healthcare (Popular Science)
Ensuring that racial and ethnic data is included in CDC and local health agency reports is crucial to solving public health issues.

Racism in mental healthcare: An invisible barrier (Medical News Today) 
In this Special Feature, we explore the impact of racism as a public healthcare hazard in the mental health arena.

Racism in Health Care Isn’t Always Obvious (Scientific American)
As physicians, we believe that recognizing it begins with understanding our own privilege and biases.

“I Can’t Breathe.” It Happens at Schools, Too. (ProPublica) 
Students in Illinois schools said “I can’t breathe” while being restrained at least 30 times over the time period we investigated, according to our analysis of the records. The practice of face-down restraint is still legal in Illinois.

Racism in Care Leads to Health Disparities (Washington Post)
Some argue that more work needs to be done to regain trust and uproot bias in their professions.

Yale Astronomers Hired One Black Employee 35 Years Ago (Buzzfeed News) 
“Deeply entrenched systemic racism exists in every sector of our society, including at Yale and in this department,” a group of undergraduates wrote in response.

How Did We Get Here? (The Atlantic) 
163 years of The Atlantic’s most important pieces from our archives on race and racism in America.

Curbing implicit bias: what works and what doesn't (Knowable Magazine)  
Psychologists have yet to find a way to diminish hidden prejudice, but they do have strategies for thwarting discrimination.

Waking Up to Whiteness and White Privilege (University of Central Florida)
Just as systemic racism is reduced to individual bad actors, privilege is misunderstood as something individual rather than a system in which white people as a collective are centered and prioritized.

10 Proven Actions to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  (Bain)
Our research finds evidence that 10 specific tactics—some common, others underused—are particularly effective at advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.


Seeing White (Scene on Radio) 
Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams.

Tritoncast Interview with UCSD Soccer Scholar Marissa Ray (Tritoncast)
Listen to UCSD Soccer Athlete Marissa Ray as she speaks about the Black Lives Matter movement, what it was like to win an #USvsHate award, and her part in the NCAA Juneteenth awareness video. (Interview Starts 30:00)

INTERSECTIONALITY MATTERS! (The African American Policy Forum)
Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, leading authority in the area of civil rights, race theory, and coined the term "intersectionality". 

Yo, Is This Racist? (Earwolf)
Every Wednesday, Andrew Ti, co-host Tawny Newsome, and their guests answer questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is, in fact, racist.

Code Switch (NPR)
Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.

1619 (The New York Times) 
An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.

All Thing Considered: 'The Color of Law' (NPR) 
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with author Richard Rothstein about his book, The Color of Law, which details how federal housing policies in the 1940s and '50s mandated segregation and undermined the ability of black families to own homes and build wealth.

Research, Reports & Actionable Resources

50 Ways to Fight Bias (Lean In) 
The cards highlight more than 50 specific examples of bias against women at work, encourage participants to brainstorm solutions together, and offer research-backed recommendations for what to do.

The World's Most Basic Guide to Contacting Your Reps (Vice)
If you want to take action against police brutality, this is an easy place to start.

How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality (The Cut)
Organizations to donate to, and other actions to take to help demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other victims of police violence.

Guidelines for Diversity & Inclusion in Crisis 
Juan E. Gilbert, PhD, Department Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Department at the University of Florida, shares his foundational practices for navigating diversity and inclusion in crisis. 

Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and Counties (PEW)
Being black is bad for your health. And pervasive racism is the cause.

Racism and Health (American Public Health Association) 
Racism structures opportunity and assigns value based on how a person looks. The result: conditions that unfairly advantage some and unfairly disadvantage others. Racism hurts the health of our nation by preventing some people the opportunity to attain their highest level of health.

Breaking the Silence: Time to Talk About Race and Racism (Academic Medicine) 
The authors argue that before any curriculum on race and racism can be developed for health professions students, and before faculty members can begin facilitating conversations about race and racism, faculty must receive proper training through intense and introspective faculty development.

Remembering Freddie Gray: Medical Education for Social Justice (Academic Medicine) 
The authors propose that medical school curricula should address such concerns through an explicit pedagogical orientation. Antiracist pedagogy and the concept of structural competency—to construct a curriculum oriented toward appropriate care for patients who are victimized by extremely challenging social and economic disadvantages and who present with health concerns that arise from these disadvantages.

Justice in June (
This resource was compiled by Autumn Gupta with Bryanna Wallace's oversight for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies. Choose how much time you have each day to become more informed as step one to becoming an active ally to the black community. 

106 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice (Medium)
Achieving racial justice is a marathon, not a sprint. Our work to fix what we broke and left broken isn’t done until Black folks tell us it’s done.

Social Justice Standards (Learning for Justice) 
The Social Justice Standards are a road map for anti-bias education at every stage of K–12 instruction. Comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes, the Standards provide a common language and organizational structure educators can use to guide curriculum development and make schools more just and equitable.

Teaching Hard History: American Slavery (Learning for Justice) 
Most students leave high school without an adequate understanding of the role slavery played in the development of the United States—or how its legacies still influence us today. In an effort to remedy this, we developed a comprehensive guide for teaching and learning this critical topic at all grade levels.

What it Means to be Asian in America (Pew Research Center) 
In the fall of 2021, Pew Research Center undertook the largest focus group study it had ever conducted – 66 focus groups with 264 total participants – to hear Asian Americans talk about their lived experiences in America.

Videos, Webinars & Virtual Panels

What is Structural Racism? | UC San Diego Health
In this video, Chief Administrative Officer for Health Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Health Equity at UC San Diego Health, Dr. Crystal Cené, defines structural racism, its core features, and outlines how it affects health.

Strategies To Dismantle Structural Racism | UC San Diego Health
In this video, Dr. Crystal Cené describes 4 things we can do to start to begin to dismantle structural racism.

Why Lead With Race? | UC San Diego Health
Dr. Crystal Cené discusses 5 reasons why we lead with race, given that there are many different forms of oppression.

Women of Color Need Courageous Allies in the Academy: An Open Dialogue with White and Black Women (Part 1 of 2)  
PART ONE (INSIGHT Into Diversity) 
INSIGHT Into Diversity recently hosted a webinar for Black women in academia to discuss how White women colleagues can be allies in the fight for racial and gender equity.

Women of Color Need Courageous Allies in the Academy: An Open Dialogue with White and Black Women (Part 2 of 2) 
PART TWO (INSIGHT Into Diversity) 
INSIGHT Into Diversity recently hosted a webinar for Black women in academia to discuss how White women colleagues can be allies in the fight for racial and gender equity.

Segregated by Design 
‘Segregated By Design’ examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.  

TED | Interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter (TED) 
The Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement's three founders, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, share what they've learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities.

Slaves of the State  (CSpan)
Interview with Associate Professor, Dennis Childs regarding his book, Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary.

Tritons Tackling COVID-19— Making Sense of a Global Pandemic Webinar  (UCSD)
Join Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Becky Petitt, and leading UC San Diego experts for a conversation on the impacts of Xenophobia before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ijeoma Oluo: "So You Want to Talk About Race" | Talks at Google (Google)
In her new book "So you want to talk about race", Ijeoma Oluo brings clarity and insight to hyper-charged issues facing America through discussing why it's so hard to talk about race and why we must do it anyway.

How to be an Antiracist (Aspen Institute)
"The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it,” writes professor Ibram X. Kendi. This is the essence of antiracism: the action that must follow both emotional and intellectual awareness of racism. Explore what an antiracist society might look like, how we can play an active role in building it, and what being an antiracist in your own context might mean.

Racism in America (PBS)
These videos are resources for everyone, regardless of race, to educate themselves on all of the ways inequality in America shows up in everyday life.

The Urgency of Intersectionality (TedTalk) 
Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon.

The legendary debate that laid down US political lines on race, justice and history (AEON)
In 1965 at the University of Cambridge, two of the foremost American intellectuals, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, were challenged with the question: ‘Has the American Dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro?’

Baldwin vs. Buckley Cambridge Debate Transcript

Webinar Event with Dr. Estela Mara Bensimon

From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education.


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