#LivetheSix: A Collective Call to Action
Monday, January 30, 2023
The Office of Equity and Inclusion is recognizing Black History Month with new programming and an institution-wide anti-racism movement called #LivetheSix, named after these six words: Stop Hate, End Racism, and Choose L.O.V.E. (Live Our Values Everywhere).
#LivetheSix was inspired by the Buffalo Bills football team’s “Choose Love” fundraising campaign started after ten people were killed at a supermarket last year by a shooter who targeted the store because of its proximity to a predominantly Black neighborhood. Soon after, Wegmans stores began displaying signs that read “Stop Hate, End Racism, Choose Love.” The positive tone of the signs and their bold call to action sparked an idea to bring the campaign to the entire University. The objective of #LivetheSix is to proclaim, in one voice, that the University of Rochester stands against all forms of hatred and racism, in solidarity with those working tirelessly for a more compassionate world, and in steadfast resolve to Live Our Values Everywhere.
Supported by an education campaign, bolstered by community engagement and in coordination with the University’s forthcoming Strategic Plan, Meliora values, and the Medical Center’s ICARE values, #LivetheSix is supported at all levels of the institution, including University leadership.
“For this to have impact, it is critical to have the support of leaders from all parts of the University as well as from staff, faculty, and students,” says Adrienne Morgan, Ph.D., interim Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Rochester and Vice President of Equity and Inclusion, University of Rochester Medical Center. “We all have something to bring to this movement. This is an opportunity to unite behind our foundational values,” she adds.
#LivetheSix will be implemented in phases beginning with two opportunities for people to take actionable steps toward realizing the goals of the movement.
First, register for the Anatomy of Hate Grand Rounds beginning February 8, 2023 at 12 noon on Zoom. With the rise of antisemitic and other hateful rhetoric targeting racial, ethnic, and religious groups, it is important to confront instances of hate, understand its origins, and recognize how it has incited a new wave of fatal consequences. Wade Norwood ’85, CEO of Common Ground Health will deliver keynote remarks. The series will include a second virtual session on March 1, 2023 and will feature a discussion on ways the University of Rochester community is responding to hate. The last two events are a screening of the documentary, “A Tree of Life,” and a presentation on the power of restorative practices in helping to bridge disparities and rebuild trust.
Second, sign up for the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge presented by the Association of Minority Residents and Fellows in partnership with the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Beginning February 10, 2023, participants will receive a daily challenge in their email inbox, along with invitations to three engaging presentations and debrief discussions. The theme this year is “Black Excellence: Living Healthier Matters.” Speakers include, Twylla Dillion, MBA, Ph.D., Executive Director, HealthConnect One; Beatriz LeBron, Vice President, Rochester City School District Board of Education; and Dr. Ann-Gel Palermo, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer in Education and Research for the Office for Diversity & Inclusion of Mount Sinai Health System and the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
By creating opportunities for our entire University community to act, these efforts represent a commitment to making meaningful change. More than words on a poster, or sticker, or pin, #LivetheSix is our way of being Ever Better.
Lunar New Year: A Time for Celebration
Friday, January 20, 2023
Lunar New Year is a much celebrated and revered holiday and I’d like to wish peace and happiness to all who celebrate. 2023 is also the Year of the Rabbit which symbolizes grace, beauty, mercy, and good luck. We will call upon all those traits as we continue on an ambitious journey toward realizing our goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice at the University of Rochester.
To honor the cultural and religious significance of Lunar New Year, we have asked instructors to refrain from scheduling exams or other important projects during this time. This is one way to help those who celebrate feel welcomed and a sense of belonging. In fact, it’s imperative to respect and accommodate the wide variety of religious and cultural observances that occur throughout the year.
As a reminder, the University policy provides students with the ability to make up any work they miss because of their religious beliefs. For your reference, a list of 2023-2024 religious observances is available online. For more information, please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion or visit the OEI website.
We hope the start of the Lunar New Year is a time of reflection and renewal for you as we emerge from winter to the promise of new beginnings and fresh starts in spring and beyond!
Adrienne Morgan, Ph.D.
Interim Chief Diversity Officer, UR
Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, URMC