Racism Awareness Week 2022

January 9-13, 2023

On behalf of the Racism Awareness Week (RAW) Committee, we would like to invite you to The Florida State University College of Medicine’s annual RAW!

RAW is a week-long series of events created to raise awareness about racism and highlighting themes surrounding racial disparities, injustice, and inequalities, while relating these issues to the realm of medicine and healthcare. We strongly believe racism is an important topic to be discussed year-round. RAW was organized by a group of medical students who were concerned with “racial flares” and wanted to have conversations regarding racism and its impact in medicine as they were “unsure how to be change agents.” They hoped that RAW would provide fellow students with the tools to understand how racism affects their future patients and likely themselves.

This year, we are kicking off the week with a kickoff and unveiling of the theme of RAW. Join us on Monday, January 9th at 12 pm in the atrium to kick off RAW 2023.  

We hope you all take the time and join us in learning about racial disparities, injustice, and inequalities from our amazing lineup of speakers. We are excited to see everyone attend and to gain the tools to understand how to address racism and most importantly, to stimulate impactful changes in building empathy and progress in our communities. RAW will take place from January 9-13, 2023.


Schedule of Events



Title: Kickoff 

Date: 1/9/23

Time: 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Location: Atrium

Event Descriptions: The theme and schedule of Racism Awareness Week will be unveiled in the atrium. Students, faculty and staff can commemorate the start of the week with a Photo Booth. Refreshments will be served. 

Title: Community Service  

Date: 1/9/23

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Kearney Center

Event Descriptions: The RAW planning committee will serve dinner at a local shelter alongside pre-med students from FSU and FAMU

Title: You Won't Break My Soul Microaggressions Panel

Date: 1/10/23

Time: 6 pm - 7 pm

Location: Room 1200

Event Descriptions: This event will have a diverse group of medical students discussing their experiences with microaggressions.

Speakers (if any): 

Gabrielle Rivera, M4 San Juan Batista Medical School

Glenn Adesoji, M4 Lewis Katz Medical School at Temple University

Gabrielle Yap Sam, M4 FSU COM

Title: I’m That Girl Interactive Activity

Date: 1/11/23

Time: 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm 

Location: Courtyard

Event Descriptions: The  event will  be an interactive jeopardy board held in the courtyard. The game will be centered around current women's health topics. 

Title: I’m That Girl Womens’ Health Patient Panel

Date: 1/11/23

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Room 1200

Event Descriptions: The event will take place in room 1200, dinner will be provided. The discussion will be led by a physician surrounding womens health topics. Patients will be including their insight and experiences. 

Title: Alien Superstar Talent Show

Date: 1/12/2023

Time: 6-8 pm

Location: FSU COM Auditorium 

Event Descriptions: This event will be a captivating display of members of FSUCOM and the community showcasing their truth, individuality, and talent. Refreshments will be served in the atrium. 

Title: Energy Block Party

Date: 1/13/2023

Time: 4-6 pm

Location: FSU COM Courtyard

Event Descriptions: The block party will wrap up RAW and celebrate cultural diversity. There will be multicultural foods, dancing, games, and community organization tabling.



Attendees can look forward to giveaways such as scrubs, t-shirts, books, and gift cards!


Instagram: @FSUCoMRacismAwarenessWeek & @FSUCoM

Facebook: @FSUCollegeofMedicine

Twitter: @FSUCoM



Aaliyah Bourne

Riann White