Congratulations Dr. Charles Alexander

Good News! Dr. A was elected to the Advocates Foundation Board. The mission of the Advocates Foundation is to improve the health, wellness and career choices of young people, especially those of underrepresented diverse backgrounds.

 

 

 

Message to the AAP Peer Learning Unit Community about recent events

Dear AAP Peer Learning Unit Community:

As we continue to deal with the challenges of global health pandemic CoVID-19, we are heartbroken as we watched the news about the killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, etc. #blacklivesmatter #saytheirnames These murders shed light on the systemic racism, disparities and inequalities that continue to harm generations of marginalized communities. No one should live with the fear and perpetual injustice faced daily by People of color across the United States and around the world.  We are in support of all of our students, staff, faculty and community members, in particular, the African Americans who are witnessing another tragic death of an unarmed Black person at the hands of those who have sworn to protect and serve. We wish we had answers for and solutions to why some people act with such malice, hate, and carelessness. We have hope that there will be some measure of justice, but we are left with the hollow realization that full justice for these senseless acts continues to elude us. While not nearly enough, we must take time to reflect on how we can work together to eliminate these systemic disparities  and achieve justice, equity and equality for a better future.

 

Second, during our Peer Learning Unit End of the Year Meeting on Wednesday June 3, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:00pm via Zoom (https://ucla.zoom.us/j/95208037247 ), we will use the first half of our meeting to facilitate a safe and supportive healing space for individuals to reflect and process various critical events impacting our lives. Please RSVP letting us know whether or not you can attend this event by Tuesday June 2, 2020 no later than 11:59pm at: https://forms.gle/9YpNXfEXZmJ4Aibs7

 

Third, here are some resources from a few organizations on  and off campus ( sent by your PLF colleague Byron Corado Perez and AAP Administration) to support you all during these times. We will be sharing more resources as we receive them:

  1. Some of us may have family members with different viewpoints so here is a way to open up the conversation with family members [English]:
    https://lettersforblacklives.com/dear-mom-dad-uncle-auntie-black-lives-matter-to-us-too-7ca577d59f4c

    1. Translations of the letter for non-english speaking households:
      https://lettersforblacklives.com/tagged/translation
  2. UCLA’s Community Service Commission created a Resource Guide for those who want to take action regarding these issues: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XOA546OnemSPIacz45nIEq8bRGnHWDneIOgu3VFjL8E/edit
  3. Unión Centroamericana, UNICA, de UCLA created a Resources Guide for those who want to take action regarding these issues: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19876cP_54WXSUYjwOssDDUKLQ6eQum52wqE7bXrWIrk/edit?usp=sharing
  4. UCLA’s Bruin Shelter created a Relevant Links and Resources Guide for those who want to take action or are seeking for mental health resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M6Rgb2WQoNS1UurW5bTLqdlZMjMJtIcRGJ69qebHEtw/edit?pli=1
  5. Unconscious Bias Education and Training
  6. Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work
  7. We are Living in a Racist Pandemic
  8. Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay – Chances Are They’re Not
  9. Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma

Also here is a tweet  which may be a good clarification or push for you all to realize we don’t all have to help in the same capacity.

Thank you all for your time, support and contributions to AAP and the UCLA community.

In solidarity,

AAP Peer Learning Unit Administrative Team

Ifeoma Amah, Emmanuel Owaka, Bianca Muonekwu, Axel Hernandez  and Cindy Escobedo

R.I.P. George Floyd – Resources

Report an Incident of BIAS – Dean of Students

UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a multidisciplinary student mental health center for the UCLA campus.

Emotional Support Services for Faculty, Staff and their Family
For confidential counseling services, you may contact the Center at 310-794- 0245 during regular business hours.

Guided Meditations – UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center …

Resources for Racial Trauma

LA Social Sciences

Here are some resources from a few organizations on and off campus to support you all during these times. We will be sharing more resources as we receive them:

  1. Some of us may have family members with different viewpoints so here is a way to open up the conversation with family members [English]:
    https://lettersforblacklives.com/dear-mom-dad-uncle-auntie-black-lives-matter-to-us-too-7ca577d59f4c

    1. Translations of the letter for non-english speaking households:
      https://lettersforblacklives.com/tagged/translation
  2. UCLA’s Community Service Commission created a Resource Guide for those who want to take action regarding these issues: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XOA546OnemSPIacz45nIEq8bRGnHWDneIOgu3VFjL8E/edit
  3. Unión Centroamericana, UNICA, de UCLA created a Resources Guide for those who want to take action regarding these issues: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19876cP_54WXSUYjwOssDDUKLQ6eQum52wqE7bXrWIrk/edit?usp=sharing
  4. UCLA’s Bruin Shelter created a Relevant Links and Resources Guide for those who want to take action or are seeking for mental health resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M6Rgb2WQoNS1UurW5bTLqdlZMjMJtIcRGJ69qebHEtw/edit?pli=1
  5. Unconscious Bias Education and Training
  6. Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work
  7. We are Living in a Racist Pandemic
  8. Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay – Chances Are They’re Not
  9. Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma

AAP research program renamed to honor Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter and John Huggins, Jr.

The Academic Advancement Program (AAP)’s Community Development and Social Justice Program has been renamed to honor John Huggins, Jr. and Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter, two Bruins who fought for community and justice at UCLA.

The program is now called the Carter-Huggins Community Development and Social Justice Program. The Afrikan Student Union advocated for the change

AAP Director Charles Alexander selected to contribute to Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research selected UCLA associate vice provost for student diversity Charles Alexander as a contributor for the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health.

The report will document key issues, progress, challenges and opportunities in oral health in the United States. It is commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Public Health Service’s Oral Health Coordinating Committee.

Kathryn Atchison, professor in the UCLA School of Dentistry’s Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry, is serving as a section editor on the report and invited Alexander to join the team that is contributing a section titled Oral Health Integration, Workforce and Practice. He will submit material and text on “Pipeline Programs to Increase Underrepresented Minorities in Dental Schools.”

The last Surgeon General’s report on oral health was published in 2000, and “generated a lot of buzz in dentistry,” Alexander said. The report’s findings led to millions of dollars being pumped into efforts to improve recruitment and diversity in the field, access to care, and curriculum reform. Now, 20 years later, the goal of the new report is to see if these efforts had a lasting impact.

“In 2000, less than four percent of dental practitioners were African American, five percent were Latino and less than one percent were Native American,” Alexander said. “How far have we come?”

Alexander has long been a champion for pipeline programs and increasing diversity in dental schools. He is currently an associate adjunct professor in the UCLA School of Dentistry and previously served as an associate dean for admissions and student affairs at UC San Francisco, where he directed the Dental Careers program.

“I’m excited to contribute to this important document that is evidence-based and that heightens the issue to create more diversity in the dental profession,” Alexander said.