Antiracism, Inclusion, and Global Equality

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Initiative on Antiracism, Inclusion, and Global Equality (AIGE) builds on five targeted years of programming at state, national, and international levels. We are committed to addressing structural racism, inequality, underrepresentation, and foundational impediments to human flourishing and development. The work of the Initiative is to forge transformative pathways for engagement, understanding, and research that lead to meaningful policy and social change.

On any given day in the United States, disparities in the quality of health care and health outcomes people of color in comparison to their white counterparts are evidenced in hospitals and clinics. These disparities are not fully explained by differences in patient education, income, insurance status, expressed preference for treatments, and severity of disease. Compelling research indicates that, even for African Americans with uncompromised access to health care services, disparities persist in diagnostic screening, general medical care, mental health diagnosis and treatment, pain management, HIV-related care, and treatments for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. When evidence confirms systematic disparities in health outcomes for particular demographic groups that are not attributable to (or caused by) income, health status, education level, or insurance status, implicit and explicit biases may be a significant factor driving these disparities. We explore whether these disparities may also explained by the lingering effects of trauma.

At the AIGE Intiative, we study the social determinants of health and the effects of biases such as racism, colonialism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia on physical and mental health and the costs associated inequality in healthcare. Through our research, collaborations, engagement with civil society, the private sector, and government we hope to forge greater awareness and create sustained interventions for the betterment of health and human development.

The AIGE Initiative is interdisciplinary in its scope, reach, and approach.  We partner broadly to address the most pressing issues of our times and to encourage public debate and discourse. Here are examples of our engagements:
Elevating and Engaging with Black Lives

The CBGHP and American Constitution Society (ACS) collaborated to host an important three-part series, Elevating and Engaging with Black Lives, to forge a different and better conversation about the role, place, and function of law in promoting equality and safeguarding constitutional rights, and to continue to center the experiences, perspectives, and stories of Black lives.

  • PART IElevating and Engaging with Black Lives on Law School Campuses (Part I). Tezira Abe, Professor Guy-Uriel Charles, Dean Danielle Holley-Walker, and Professor Patricia Williams joined Dr. Goodwin for a critical conversation in response to the tragic killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd to dicuss the impacts and effects on law school campuses and Black lives.
  • PART IIElevating and Engaging with Black Lives on Law School Campuses (Part II). Christopher Williams, Dean Danielle M. Conway, Professor Jody Amour, and Professor Tracey L. Meares joined Dr. Goodwin to dicuss the need for a better aligned curriculum that takes seriously law's engagement with Black lives. Guests discussed the urgent need for greater equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB) at America's law schools, including better recruitment and retention of Black faculty and students.
  • PART IIIElevating and Engaging Black Judges. As Black Americans are more likely to be targetted for surveillance, police stops, and arrests, the legal system plays a crucial role in the lives of Black Americans. This session provided an intimate look at the roles of Black judges in the American legal system and served as an important platform for addressing diverity in the judicary and the need for more Black Judges. Joining Dr. Goodwin were Hon. Bernice Donald, Hon. Cenceria Edwards, Hon. George J. Hazel, and Hon. G. Helen Whitener.


CBGHP Activities

Tune in for On The Issues with Michele Goodwina Podcast hosted by Professor Goodwin!

April 26, 2021: Town Hall on Inclusive Healthcare in UC System

REWATCH: Advancing Women's Equality: What's Next?


March 10, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

March 1, 2021: Ongoing Challenges of Disability Discrimination in Law, Politics & Society

February 19, 2021: Reckoning and Reconciliation: Art, Architecture, and Culture in Contested Sites

February 8, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Race, Sex, and Policing in America

January 13, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Women, Mass Incarceration, and Criminal Justice

October 30, 2020:  Women on the Frontlines: COVID & Beyond

October 7, 2020: The Appeal & Now This: Ending Legalized Slavery In U.S. Prisons

June 4, 2020:  A Conversation on Protecting Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Times of Political Crisis 

June 30, 2020: After June Medical Services: The Past, Present, and Future of Regulating Reproduction

June 30, 2020: Elevating and Engaging with Black Lives on Law School Campuses

May 14, 2020: UCI Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center Panel on COVID-19

May 13, 2020: Michele Goodwin on Quarantine and the Limits of Government Action - COVID-19 & The Law Series

May 12, 2020: Panel Discussion: Reproductive Health & Rights in a Time of Coronavirus

May 4, 2020: Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color hosted by American Constituion Society 


Michele Goodwin
(949) 824-3897

Nassim Alisobhani
(949) 824-5601 

Merima Tricic
Senior Fellow