From Kevin’s Desk: Celebrating diversity (1/18/19)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

This month we celebrate the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During the MLK Symposium, dozens of activities and events will take place across our campuses to honor Dr. King’s legacy and support the values of diversity, equity and inclusion he promoted. I encourage you to participate in this annual U-M tradition. The keynote memorial lecture will be live-streamed on Monday, January 21, for those who cannot attend in person. And throughout the symposium, you can join or follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #UMichMLK.

Before the holiday break, the 10th annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Awards for U-M staff were announced. I’m thrilled that B&F’s own Kadesha Baker, program director at our Health System Children’s Center, received an individual award for her work to promote an inclusive environment for children, families and her UHR colleagues. How fantastic! The DDLA program is all about how staff make a difference to our community. If you’re not familiar with the award, I hope you’ll watch this wonderful video about its 10-year history. Kadesha–You ROCK!!

It sounds like we might get some real winter weather this weekend! I hope everyone stays safe and warm if we do get some snow. Thanks in advance to those of you who work in frozen temps to keep our campuses plowed, salted and shoveled—this place couldn’t operate without you.

On a last note, in case you missed it: our B&F Purpose Project video was highlighted in today’s Record. How terrific! Thanks again to our student interns, Aliyah Mitchell and Chelsea Hamm, for putting this amazing video together, and thanks to all of you for everything you do to Make Blue Go!

With much appreciation and gratitude,