"Our Lives Matter"
a Rare Advocacy Movement (RAM) Initiative

The "Our Lives Matter" (OLM) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Initiative consists of rare disease community-based, academic-based, advocacy-based and industry-based professionals, advisors and partners of various ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious beliefs, racial classifications and socioeconomic backgrounds. Specializing in the rare disease community-based landscape (including but not limited to the greater disability and medically complex community dynamics), the OLM DEI Initiative collectively has organized a call to action for the nonprofit advocacy landscape, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology landscape, and the clinical medical healthcare and academic landscape. As a sustainability arm within the rare360 program, the OLM DEI Initiative has partnered with Rare Love Ventures to develop a collection of meaningful DEI solutions. 

In order to overcome the fear of facing such difficult topics, you have to be willing to unLearn deep rooted biases and conditioning. You have to be open to being comfortable with your discomfort, regardless of your racial classification. You have to chose to be responsible. Only then, will you be ready to take authentic action to embrace the lessons, knowledge and understanding that the OLM DEI programs offer.

- a rare disease person of color

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