Celebrating Juneteenth through actions and recognition
June 17, 2021
Dear Friends and Colleagues of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC,
During this week of Juneteenth, we honor the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops arrived two-and-a-half-years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Sadly however, we are reminded that although slavery was ended, racism and discrimination have persisted. It is more important than ever to work together to overcome these behaviors including through education and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Thus, here at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, over the course of the past year, we have worked to develop and advance such initiatives. In addition, we recognize and celebrate our Black colleagues in biomedical/health sciences research, education and leadership. Please take a moment to look over the initiatives that we have put in place over this last year and to learn about and celebrate some of our colleagues and their contributions.
- The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group formed.
- We finalized our Principles of Human Equity and Inclusion.
- We supported and helped organize a 5K Gainsboro History Tour of African American Culture – an informational walk through a historic, predominantly Black enclave where more than a century ago residents seeded their own self-sufficient businesses, medical facilities, churches and schools.
- Stay tuned for exciting news about an upcoming community ‘Storyteller’ project in this fall focusing on diversity throughout Roanoke!
- A Chief Diversity Officer was named.
- A website was created for all Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, news, and educational opportunities.
- A Leadership and Inclusion Associate is being recruited in partnership with the graduate program in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health in conjunction with the Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences Education and Student Affairs.
Executive Director, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Vice President, Office of Health Sciences & Technology, Virginia Tech