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    Message From Our Vice Chair For Diversity and Inclusion

    “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin, New York Times, 1962 A little over a year ago, I penned a statement reflecting on how we cope following the senseless and tragic killings of Mr. George Floyd, Ms. Breona Taylor, and Mr. Ahmaud Arbery. With input from some of my trusted colleagues, that piece was written t … Continued

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    July Observances Celebrate Independence and Inspire Peace Among Different Individuals and Cultures

    July Observances July 4: Independence Day (also known as the Fourth of July), is a US federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The original 13 American colonies declared independence from Britain and established themselves as a new nation known as the United States of America. July 14: International Non-Binary People’s Day, … Continued

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    Department of Medicine Commemorates Juneteenth

    The UNC Department of Medicine encourages the community to learn and reflect on the significance of Juneteenth (June 19), and to consider how we can work together to make our community more inclusive and equitable.  (Following is a historical overview, published June 18, 2020.) What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slave … Continued

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    Caribbean-American Heritage, LGBTQ Pride and Juneteenth

    National Caribbean-American Heritage Month – Our Shared History, Our Shared Future This June marks the 13th National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. The theme for this year is “Our Shared History, Our Shared Future.” The commemoration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month reminds Americans that our greatness lies in our diversity. Caribbean immigrants from founding father, Alex … Continued

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    Cultural, Historical and Religious Observances in May

    May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks on the project were Chinese immigrants. May is also J … Continued

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    All Hands On Deck: How GIM is Working to Recognize and Address Racism, to Bring Cultural and Structural Change

    An anti-racism task force is working to create opportunities that will respond to the needs of staff in the division of general medicine following a series of anti-racism forums and surveys. “Hopefully, this can inspire others in the department of medicine to work toward similar activities and believe that it can be done, and done well, despite the COVID restraints we have,” said … Continued

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    Why Should Black Women Participate in Research?

    A new UNC Health video encourages Black women to participate in research and features Ada Adimora, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases.  Other featured women include Geraldine Bradshaw, principal of the Institute for the Development of Young Leaders, Alicia Diggs, Office of Community Engagement manager for the Center for AIDS research (CFAR), and … Continued

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    Women’s History Month, Other Observances

    March is Women’s History Month Women’s History Month started in 1987 and recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations to recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. Learn how women’s history progressed at UNC, her … Continued

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    Days of Commemoration and Celebrating Black History Month

    January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr., Day UNC’s 2021 MLK Jr. Celebration included a campus-wide initiative to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his legacy and his ideals. Carolina began its celebrations of King’s life and legacy long before there was a federal holiday. In fact, UNC is the only university ever awarded the “Making of the King Holiday Award” by the former MLK Feder … Continued

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    ‘A Little Skeptical:’ Black People Make Up Shrinking Share of COVID-19 Cases in NC – But Is That Stat Deceptive?

    A news report on a data analysis found that black people in North Carolina have accounted for a shrinking share of the total number of VOID-19 cases over the past few months. But while on the surface that seems like a positive development for a community hit disproportionately hard by the pandemic, experts say there are still plenty of reasons for concern. “I hope it’s … Continued