From Kevin’s Desk: Stronger Together (6/19/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Today is Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, which is recognized annually on June 19th. I encourage you to find out more about the significance of this important holiday, and I invite you to join me in honoring the day by learning more about the impact of racism in our country. You can find a list of related educational resources on our B&F website – books, articles, movies and videos that can help provide a broader understanding of these important issues. As Maya Angelou famously said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” As a society and a community, we simply must do better.

Please continue to seek help and support when you need it. If you are having difficulty managing these trying times, I hope you will reach out to a friend, colleague or draw on our many university resources.  Remember, asking for help is a strength, not a weakness!

I am especially grateful for our colleagues in UHR MHealthy who have been continuing to find ways to support our mental and physical health remotely. MHealthy has been offering virtual exercise and relaxation classes to help us keep our bodies and minds healthy while fitness facilities are closed. There are currently five certified instructors conducting ten live-stream classes each week, including meditation, Zumba, yoga, HIIT and more. They currently hold the live classes through the Working at U-M Workplace group — I encourage you to check them out if you haven’t already. Please join me in thanking our colleagues in MHealthy for their support of our community’s wellbeing.

Thanks to all of you for your help to make our community better and safer for everyone.

With much appreciation and gratitude,