In reaction to the victims of violence in Boulder, Colo., and Atlanta, more than 135 people participated when UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston’s Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Wellness held a “Speak Up for Change” vigil April 2 via Cisco Webex. A recording of the event is available for viewing at Go.uth.edu/Vigil (UTHealth credentials required for log-in).
The hour-long program featured a special presentation, titled “MOSAIC: Understanding Diversity in the UTSD Family ‘Our Diversity Unites Us,’” and “Understanding the Asian-American Experience,” a faculty-and-student-led panel discussion surrounding issues, including intolerance, racial injustice, discrimination, and microaggressions faced by the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Viewers were encouraged to select a flower or flameless candle of their choice and hold it up during a moment of silence.
In order of appearance, speakers included:
- John Valenza, DDS, dean and distinguished teaching professor;
- David Fray, DDS, MBA, professor;
- Ryan Quock, DDS, distinguished teaching professor;
- Richard Fu, second-year dental student;
- Khoi Le, second-year dental student;
- Melissa Liu, first-year dental student;
- Joy Nisnisan, third-year dental student;
- Lisa Cain, PhD, associate dean for professional development and faculty affairs; distinguished teaching professor.
This is the second installment of “Speak Up for Change.” The Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Wellness held a virtual vigil in memory of George Floyd on June 5.