About the Liberation Medicine School
Liberation Medicine School (LMS) is a community of color-rooted initiative dedicated to the teaching, learning, and practice of a decolonized, anti-racist medicine and that is grounded in the collective struggle for liberation.
This initiative was conceived in protest of the colonial curriculum at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine that prepares medical students to uphold racialized systems of oppression that harm patients of color. Historically, western medical institutions and healthcare practitioners have played a key colonial role in the creation of dehumanizing oppressive systems that deny the human right to health to communities of color. Healthcare education programs in western nations continue to serve as sites of this colonial and racist practice.
The goal of LMS is to engage the community in the undoing of pathologic systems of power and oppression that undermine the health of communities of color. We hope to contribute to the practice of a medicine that supports the healing of marginalized communities and that treats the root causes of health disparities.
What We're Creating
A Liberatory Curriculum
We will create a medical curriculum that is designed and taught by marginalized communities. It will center liberation, anti-oppression and decolonization. It will engage students in diagnosing and treating systems of oppression instead of pathologizing individuals. It will affirm the knowledge and experiences that marginalized communities have about their own healing and medicine. And it will aim for the health and self-actualization of marginalized communities.
A Critical Mass of Health Activists
LMS will organize community members and health practitioners to undo racialized systems of oppression that negatively impact the health of communities of color. Participants will build and nurture practices that undo the colonial foundations of the healthcare industry while simultaneously working in relationship with Black and Brown communities to build a healthier world.
A Space for Communities of Color to Reclaim Health
Due to a history of colonization, imperialism, and slavery, communities of colour carry historical traumas that attempt to displace us from own indigenous practices of medicine. LMS builds on histories of resistance by creating protected spaces where people of color - especially those who are Black, Indigenous, queer, and or trans - can unpack our historical traumas, reclaim our health and humanity, and recenter ourselves on our indigenous practices of medicine and healing.
A Redistribution of Wealth and Power
Power and wealth continue to be concentrated in white-dominated institutions, while POC-centered organizations with the analysis, skill, and relationships to create racial justice are continuously under-resourced. Through a Healing Justice Fund, LMS redistributes both resources and power from white-dominated institutions to anti-racist community organizations in Seattle who work towards the well-being of communities of color.