At this time of elevated uncertainty and change, it is all the more imperative that we remember to pause and reflect on our Cultural North Star as we navigate new and complex territories, both personally and professionally. In every one of our decisions, conversations and interactions, we have an opportunity to do what’s right, make things better and be kind – and to honor our commitment as members of the DGSOM and UCLA community to foster an inclusive environment that celebrates and respects the unique backgrounds, contributions and opinions of each individual.
#TeamLA, a new movement launched by UCLA Health designed to empower everyone – from influencers and celebrities to the general public - to show our collective support of social distancing and to express gratitude for all of the workers who are on the front lines.
People are encouraged to show support by posting a video, picture or an uplifting message on their Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn channels using the hashtag #TeamLA and be sure to tag @UCLAHealth in your post. Help us spread news of this unique opportunity to fight this virus, as a team.
In the spring, a cross-disciplinary team of student, faculty, and staff volunteers united to address the need for more PPE by designing and creating protective face shields. These volunteers delivered much-needed shields to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Read more about the self-organizing student volunteers and the engineering collaborators.
Neha Akkad, fourth year medical student
During this unprecedented time, we are increasingly hearing about prejudicial acts, words or comments that target vulnerable populations. In addition, individuals from Asian backgrounds have reported discrimination and bias in their neighborhoods, while out obtaining critical food or medications, and in their work environments. Now, as always, it is critical that we uphold our shared values of equity and diversity inclusion and work together to protect the fabric of our communities.
What you can do to address bias and prejudice:
As enunciated in Chancellor Gene Block and EVCP Emily Carter’s April 1 “Campus Update” on protecting our remote learning environments, UCLA students and faculty who experiences a bias incident should report it by completing a UCLA Incident of Bias Reporting Form. Additional security measures, including enhanced Zoom guidelines, have also been implemented.
The Cultural North Star unites us in our shared mission; sets clear and high expectations for our actions and interactions; and helps facilitate problem-solving, decision-making and collaboration.