- As a hijab-observing Muslim, I devote myself to living modestly, a practice requiring constant diligent attention to approach this ideal. My attire is the most visible manifestation of this commitment as I cover my head and body when around people outside my family (non-mahrams). The awrah—required areas of coverage—are more extensive for non-mahram males. I never go out in public without covering my arms.
- My fingers graze the top rack of my wardrobe, hunting for the familiar texture of my favorite suit jacket. I find it and can’t help but chuckle, wondering if it looks anything like I envision. I don the jacket along with its matching trousers, a crisp white shirt, and a pair of heels. Most would consider this overdressed for a doctor’s appointment, but it’s an ingrained habit. For me, a sharp look is my first line of defense against the negative attitudes others will have of me, simply because I lack a sense deemed vital.
- Mayo Clinic is committed to eliminating racism and reducing health care disparities. Without systemic change, these inequities compound and detract from the very patients and communities we serve. Racism limits the ability of learners, staff, and faculty to do their job and to be their full authentic self in clinical and learning environments. An effective path toward equity requires elimination of systemic barriers for both patients and staff. To do so, we must embrace opportunities to learn what is actually needed to improve their experience.