Dear UCI community,
I think we can all appreciate that this has been a difficult week. UC Irvine Health came together this afternoon to kneel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. We knelt at our desks, in clinic halls, on hospital wards, and outdoors. We all took a knee in solidarity, humility, and awareness.
We came together in remembrance of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others who lost their lives to racism in this country.
We came together to declare Black Lives Matter.
While today’s demonstration was powerful, tomorrow, and in the days thereafter, we must all work to ensure that the momentum and focus on racial justice in our health system and in our society is not lost.
In addition to sharing a few photos from today’s act of solidarity, I am pleased to share with you the remarks made by Kaosoluchi Enendu on the Healing Garden at the UCI Douglas Hospital. We are grateful to Kaosoluchi for her strength and leadership. Her words grounded us in the purpose of our actions today. Kaosoluchi is Co-founder of LEAD-ABC, Co-President of the UCI Gold Humanism Honors Society Chapter, SNMA Associate Regional Director, SNMA National Co-Chair of the Mental Health Committee and 4th year medical student in the UCI School of Medicine.