Trends and hashtags can raise awareness, but education and difficult conversations can really move the needle from injustice and racism to understanding and equity. Michigan student-athletes, including alum and current master’s student Briana Nelson, formed a student organization to move us forward to change.
It can take a long time to develop new policy, and some advocacy roads lead to dead ends. But good advocacy work always makes a difference. As racism, policing, and police reform were becoming the national public health story of the summer, student leaders led a remote advocacy initiative to continue bringing public health insights to the discourse.