Racial Equity

A lecture series and mentorship programs are a few of the new initiatives the University at Buffalo’s Department of Surgery is launching this year to help address systemic racism and healthcare inequality.


Karole Collier

The University at Buffalo Department of Surgery is tackling the issues of racism, anti-racism and representation in the fields of surgery and overall healthcare with several initiatives this year. To kick things off, the department is presenting Beyond the Knife, a lecture series. Their first Keynote Speaker is well known Author and Activist Dr. Cornel West.


Thomas O'Neil-White

With the National Football League season set to conclude Sunday, the same questions about the lack of minority head coaches are being asked. Just five of the 32 head coaching positions in the league are filled by people of color.


NYS data shows racial gap in COVID-19 vaccine

Feb 1, 2021
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Black hospital workers have been less likely than those of other races to take the COVID-19 vaccine when offered, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday, which he expects to be reflected in statewide demographic data that’s set to be released this week.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is expanding its deployment of community vaccination kits to strengthen fairness and equity in the distribution process for COVID-19 vaccines.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is developing a task force to make sure underserved communities are tested for COVID-19 at greater rates then they have previously.


Thomas O'Neil-White

A life-long dream is coming a little closer to reality for India Walton as the activist and former Fruit Belt Land Trust Executive Director has made known her candidacy for next year’s mayoral election in the City of Buffalo.


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David Wright is well aware of the negative outcomes associated with dropping out of school.

“I always had problems in school growing up,” Wright said. “Just acting out. Getting into arguments and fights with the teacher and everything.”


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The AARP, in partnership with several agencies representing various ethnic and racial interests, has collected and relayed local feedback on concerns within their respective communities, specifically involving people ages 50 and older. The localized follow-up to the AARP's statewide study is being passed on to local elected officials with the hopes it will spark policy change.


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It’s a Saturday morning and the University at Buffalo's North Campus is mostly empty.

But inside one of the classrooms, more than a dozen sleepy-eyed students, some armed with coffee, others with snacks, chattered as they waited for a training session to begin.


by ANGELICA A. MORRISON

Tawana Wyatt remembers her daughter India Cummings

Lawsuit alleges inmate abuse still alive at Erie County jails

Aug 30, 2018

Meet Antwan Green. He’s 36 and he says he was denied medical treatment at the Erie County Holding Center and the Erie County Correctional Facility because he’s black and gay.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is directing the state university system to continue policies that promote racial diversity among students after the Trump administration said the federal government will let schools leave race out of admission decisions.

This week, ABC cancelled Roseanne Barr’s TV show because of a racially charged tweet. It’s the latest in a string of troubling racial incidents – like the white woman who called the police on a black family barbecuing. But these are everyday realities faced by folks living in brown, black, tan, or just “not” white skin. Experts call this a troubling undercurrent of racism.


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Minority students across Erie County would do better in school if they saw more teachers who look like them in the classroom or in the halls. That was the topic during the The Education Trust-New York town hall forum on Education Diversity in Buffalo and Erie County Thursday evening in the WNED|WBFO studios.


Experts push for more African-Americans in STEM fields

Feb 20, 2018
by ANGELICA A. MORRISON

The STEM field is historically an area were African Americans and minorities have been under-represented.

But several have broken through the barriers like...  astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  And nuclear scientist J. Ernest Wilkins Jr., -- he attended the University of Chicago at the age of 13. And now, many local African American STEM professionals are encouraging others to carry the torch.


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Civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that America's most segregated hour was 11 o'clock on a Sunday morning, for Christian church services. A local and nationwide effort is trying to bridge that racial gap.

Seeking racial and economic equity in education

Jan 9, 2018
WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo school parents, students and community members left for Albany early Tuesday morning to call on state leaders to fully fund public schools.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they will join a rally with the Alliance for Quality Education as they call for racial and economic equity in education.

The province of Ontario is embarking on an anti-racism strategy. It will begin with an economic study to quantify the cost of racism.


Efforts to combat systemic injustice will take center stage tonight as people gather in the auditorium of a Buffalo high school to hear from a national scholar.