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The Penn State Health 22-Day Inclusion Challenge – June 29: The Courage to be an Upstander  

June 29

The Penn State Health 22-Day Inclusion Challenge
WEEK 5 – Theme: The Road to Upstanding  

June 29: The Courage to be an Upstander  

Microaggressions and other forms of bias impact the quality and safety of patient care and also negatively impact the work experience. In January of 2021, Penn State Health launched an online introductory program on definitions of microaggressions and unconscious bias as well as strategies for becoming an upstander — someone who intervenes when there has been an action or interaction that is inconsistent with our commitment to respect and inclusion. 

Earlier this month we held our first Upstander Café. These events provide an open forum for employees to share real-life scenarios they’ve been involved in or witness to microaggressions and/or unconscious bias and how they were able to practice their upstanding skills. Our next Upstander Café is set for July 2nd and you are encouraged to attend. In the meantime, check out the resources below.  

Activities: Read “Becoming an Upstanderby Gunderson Health System. Read/watch “Try It Out: Practice Having the Courage to be an Upstander.”   

And for teaching your children about upstanding, consider the following resources: 

  • PBS’s Sesame Street: How to be an Upstander to Racism Song, which is geared to preschoolers. Watch this 2-minute song here 
  • Be an Upstander – Prevent Bullying: A NED Short, which is intended for school-age children. Watch this 4-minute video here 
  • And for teens, 4-minute video called, “Be aUpstander not a Bystander.” Watch here 

Please note: Some links may not be accessible on clinical workstations. Employees can view them on a nonclinical workstation or their personal device. 

Click here for a calendar of activities for The Penn State Health 22-Day Inclusion Challenge.


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