WhiteCoats4BlackLives (WC4BL) is a national medical student-run organization with the mission to raise awareness of racism as a “public health concern,” to “end racial discrimination in healthcare, and prepare future physicians to be advocates for racial justice.” Following the National White Coat Die-In demonstrations that occurred on December 10, 2014, the WC4BL movement began out of a shared frustration sparked by the grand jury decisions to not indict police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men.
The Council on Diversity and Inclusion at the Florida State College of Medicine recognizes and upholds the mission of the WC4BL movement. We are encouraged by medical students fighting for racial equity. Our hope is that as our medical students continue to expand their biomedical knowledge, they will continue to develop their humanity and work to actively shape a healthcare system and a country that promotes the health and wellbeing of all patients.
For more information about the history and platform of the national Black Lives Matter movement, visit National BLM Movement.
For more information on the national medical student-run organization, visit White Coats for Black Lives.
If you’re interested in getting involved with WC4BL at the FSU COM, contact Zedeena Fisher email@example.com.