Title IX — the landmark legislation that prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding — was signed into law on June 23, 1972. In recognition of this anniversary, the University of California is presenting a series of profiles on Trojan Title IX trailblazers.

Identifying as half-Black, half-Mexican, Evelyn Mitchell, MD, a Keck Medicine OB/GYN, knows firsthand how hard it is for students of color to work against implicit biases on their way to a medical career. She also knows what it’s like to be a Black patient facing bias and other disparities, and how much it can mean to see a doctor who looks like them — who will understand, respect and listen to them.

Mitchell, who also directs the OB/GYN Diversity and Inclusion Program of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, recently shared her past struggles with implicit bias and the steps she’s taking today to make sure that all patients at Keck Medicine are heard and respected, and that every Keck School resident has access the tools required for success.

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