One Good Thing
Improving the Work Experience at UCSF

Issue 117
To make our True North "Our People" efforts more visible at UCSF, this communication provides a highlight of one enhancement, story or tip intended to improve the work experience for clinicians and faculty at UCSF Health.
Honoring Juneteenth


Today marks the anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States. This date of June 19th, 1865 came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery became official, when the message of freedom finally reached those enslaved in all states. Learn more about Juneteenth.

As hard as our history is to face, it feels that much more important that we understand it in order to dismantle the forces that perpetuate how things are. In our unwavering commitment to "not look away," b elow are several resources and movies streaming for free this month that help us confront how we got here and what is needed to move forward. Thank you to all of you who are critical to this movement as we continue in our shared work to achieve justice and equity for black people.

James Baldwin delivers his famed 1965 debate speech at Cambridge University’s Union Hall. A writer and playwright, Baldwin is known for his exploration of racial and social issues and especially for his essays on the black experience in America.

A thought-provoking documentary about the 13th amendment. Scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans.

1619 represents when the first enslaved people of African descent arrived on the shores of Virginia. "The goal of The 1619 Project is to reframe American history by considering what it would mean to regard 1619 as our nation’s birth year. Doing so requires us to place the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country."

Selma is a 2014 historical drama film based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches initiated and directed by James Bevel and led by Martin Luther King Jr., Hosea Williams, and John Lewis.

“Our film Just Mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society. … To actively be part of the change our country is so desperately seeking, we encourage you to learn more about our past and the countless injustices that have led us to where we are today.”

Book: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
" An essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society."

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Time: 1:00 - 2:15 PM
Open to all UCSF members.
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