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Social Justice

SPH Antiracism & Social Justice Initiatives

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health understands that fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is vital to our mission. Training public health professionals to understand and intervene on racial inequities and promote public health through education, research, and community service.

We are excited to share our ongoing efforts around social justice, antiracism, decolonization, and health and social equity work.

Latest Social Justice News

Our SPH Social Justice History

Public health is shaped by understanding and addressing the social determinants of health. Therefore, social justice is fundamental to our field. As a School, we strive to incorporate social justice through initiatives that foster support and knowledge around antiracism, decolonization, and health and social equity. We recognize that this is an ongoing journey that requires collaborative efforts

We stand with the American Public Health Association and the Association of Schools & Programs in Public Health in declaring racism a public health crisis.

Antiracism Initiative

Social Justice Team

Meet the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Social Justice Staff. Our purpose is to provide transparency and communication for the School of Public Health and our diverse community at large.

Adri Jones - School of Public Health Social Justice Program Manager
Adri Jones
Program Manager for Social Justice
Tomas Zurita, Graduate Administrative Assistant for Social Justice at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
Tomás Zurita
MPH Student
Graduate Administrative Assistant for Social Justice


Support SPH Antiracism & Social Justice Initiatives

Donate to our Social Justice & Antiracism capital campaign to support the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health’s work.


Antiracism Faculty Fellowships

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health has created the Antiracism Faculty Fellowships to provide needed support for faculty on the front-line of antiracist, decolonizing efforts.

The Faculty Fellowship RFA was released in December 2020. After considering scores and review comments, 5 applications were selected for funding. Contingent upon their proposals, fellows will have completed their research by June 2023 or June 2024.

Faculty Fellowships

Social Justice Advisory Groups

Fat Justice Working Group

The purpose of the Fat Justice Working Group is to engage students, faculty and staff of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) in learning, activities and advocacy to reduce weight stigma and anti-fat bias in ourselves, our School and society at large.

We are part of the SPH commitment to Social Justice, and recognize the deeply intersectional nature of this work. We imagine a future where public health is openly and firmly committed to ending discrimination and other oppression of people in larger bodies.

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BIPOC Resilience, Empowerment, and Affirmations Towards Health Equity

The purpose of this organization is to connect MPH students in the common interest of uniting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students and provide a safe space to voice ideas, interests, and concerns. As well as develop and maintain an expansive network that empowers our communities and promotes solidarity and equity within and beyond the academic institution.

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Abolition In Public Health

We are a relatively new and evolving collective for anyone affiliated with PSU or OHSU (e.g., undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni).

Our goal is to build equitable and antiracist alternatives, create a restorative space for processing concepts like ‘justice’ or ‘crime’, educate each other on the harms of our legal system, and discuss the importance of abolition as a critical tool of public health.


Public Health Resources for Equitable Education (PHREE) Social Justice Directory

As part of the antiracism initiative within the SPH, these resources aim to build racial literacy and explore intersectionality.

PHREE Directory

Upcoming Social Justice Events