FEB 2021 |
VOL 4 ISSUE 6

In this issue:

  • Black History Month
  • MS4 Advice
  • Recognizing the Humanity
  • SPOTlight
  • TAO
  • Tasty Recipes
  • Thrive at UT
  • Wellness Warriors
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Recognizing the Humanity
“In recognizing the humanity
of our fellow beings,
we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” 
| Thurgood Marshall

While we may stem from different backgrounds, have vastly different upbringings, and face different struggles, investing in sincerely understanding someone allows you to form deeper connections and more fruitful relationships. In an age dictated by electronic connections and virtual meetings, taking the time to use shared humanity as a bridge, reducing isolation and augmenting the flow of ideas and experiences between you and another, could provide the much needed boost we’re searching for. 

Each day is filled with new opportunities to strengthen this skill. You might become more intentional in recognizing and correcting any judgements you might consciously, or subconsciously, pass on another without knowing their story. You might ditch the small talk in favor of meaningful questions for genuine conversations, which has been linked to leading a happier life. You might begin searching for a holistic understanding of your own background, through available records or stories from loved ones, to better empathize with the past of others. When we more fully invest in understanding those around us, we form substantive connections, lead more enriched lives, and are more comfortable learning from others, making us better in return. Don’t forget, you get out what you put in!
Spotlight | Local Eats
If your palate is the best way you can connect with the multicultural Houston community, here are some great spots to check out!

  • Afrikiko specializes in authentic West African cuisine, offering some of the best Waakye in Houston | 9625 Bissonnet St.
  • Aga’s Restaurant and Catering features some of the best Indian and Pakistani cuisine available | 11842 Wilcrest Dr.
  • Gusto Gourmet offers a fusion of Mediterranean and Latin flavors | 3306 S. Shepard Dr.
  • Zoa Moroccan Kitchen showcases a flavorful and vibrant menu | 4710 Lillian St.
Black History Month
Almost everything we hear today regarding race relations, anti-racism, microaggressions, police brutality, and civil rights has been written and talked about for generations. A great way to recognize the humanity of another is to invest in understanding their history. In listening deeply, we find opportunities to connect, making our lives that much richer and fuller. Explore the links below for different ways to “recognize the humanity”.
MS4 Advice
So this is what life feels like
to come alive,
to live and be free.

The crispness in the air, is so joyous everywhere.
The flutter of the leaves, the whisper of the breeze, Nature comes alive this very eve.
Upon every mountaintop, upon every roof,
it is hard to dispute this joy I feel stems not from
truth.

With every beat of a metronome,
   of a pendulum,
the music within my heart sings.
 
Soaring over mountaintops, rushing down the streams,
its melody screams to be released.
For out of this confinement a gift it will share to all of those who are willing to hear.
 
Take a moment and LISTEN.
Take a moment I plead.
Life is more than the hustle and bustle of greed.
If you wait a moment and pull yourself away
from your own misguided definition of life,
a melody might just sneak up on you
and grant you a glimpse of what it truly means to be alive.
 
Yet to find the truth one must dig deep beneath their hearts’ own soil,
sort through the roots which are heavily coiled.
The roots which bind not just the redwood, oak, and maple,
but the roots which binds life;
a single breath in one song.
 
Remember,
There is Humanity found hidden within us all.

| Brandilyn Monene, MS4
WELLNESS WEEK 2021
Fitness | Community | Nutrition
FEBRUARY 8 - 12
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Tasty Recipes
Hot Topics
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Wellness Warriors

The Advocacy Team received student feedback that safety when leaving the building at night was a major (and very valid) concern. For those who plan to study at the LRC or other MSB facilities in the evening hours, please note UT Police Houston offers UTHealth students and staff security escorts to your vehicle between 6 PM and 6 AM. To request a security escort, call the UT Police Houston dispatch line at 713-792-2890.

If you have any trouble with the dispatcher, please email their name and the time to Ms. Claire Brunson. Please be safe and well!
Houston Happenings

First Sunday of every month, so you can keep coming back for more! 

Saturday, Feb 6, online
Recommended for children, but come one come all!

Feb 13 (free mimosas!)

(Virtual or Self-Guided In-Person) - Can be done any time! 

Every Wednesday night online

Now through May 31

Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
Ombudsperson

Are conflicts or concerns causing you undue stress? Contact the Office of the Academic Ombuds. Robin Dickey, PhD, MA, LPC, is available as a listener, mediator, and coach for all members of our UTHealth family. Make an appointment today! https://www.uth.edu/evpara/academic-ombuds.htm
TAO | Therapy Assistance Online
The Student Health and Counseling Clinic is excited to share a wellness tool available to all students, faculty, and staff at UTH. TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) is an interactive, self-guided, web-based program that consists of tools and educational materials to help you learn about and change how you think and feel. 
Thrive at UT
Thrive at UT is a free app designed to enhance UT student well-being and help busy students live their best life. Thrive helps you make small changes in your routine that have powerful long-term impacts.
Brought to you by the McGovern Student Wellness & Resilience Committee
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