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Leadership messages and announcements

Leadership Statement: Supporting our Communities

LGBTQ+ Community

A message from Dr. Hendry Ton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion published November 21, 2022.

On the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, five people were killed and many more injured when a gunman open fired on Club Q, a longtime safe haven for Colorado Spring’s local LGBTQ community. This comes on the wake of a disturbing increase in hate crimes nationally particularly against transgender and gender non-conforming communities. The Office for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion stands in solidarity with our PRIDE Employee Resource Group and the Vice Chancellor’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Council to denounce the violent attack and work towards a safe, healing, and inclusive space for our LGBTQ+ staff, students, faculty, and patients.

UC Davis and UC Davis Health colleagues, a reminder that the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) the PRIDE ERG, and the Vice Chancellor's LGBTQ+ Advisory Council are additional resources for you - we are here for you. See additional statements from our LGBTQ+ Leaders

Crisis in Iran

A message from Dr. Hendry Ton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion published November 21, 2022.

As many of you know, protests have been ongoing for eight weeks in Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman, who died while in custody of the morality police for not wearing a “proper” hijab. Her untimely passing ignited deep public resentment, unrest, and demonstrations after decades of inequality, discrimination, violence, and persecution. This movement, which was initially led by young Iranian women, has now spread to numerous other communities across the country under the rallying cry “Women. Life. Freedom.” To date, the brutal crackdowns by government forces have led to the deaths of an estimated 326 adults and children as well as the imprisonment of almost 15,000 individuals across the country.

UC Davis is committed to upholding fundamental human rights, health equity, and justice.  We affirm the dignity inherent in all and stand against the use of violence, repression, and discrimination. We recognize that peaceful protest has been an important transformational process to advance human rights, health equity, and social justice.  We are deeply concerned about the violent suppression of peaceful protests and the subsequent deaths of an estimated 326 Iranian adults and children. See Full Message

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m.

This session serves as an opportunity for building the beloved community and fostering healing through a shared humanity perspective.

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Resources and Information

Food pantry

Food access in your community

Food security, local resources

Food security and food access are a growing concern for many in Sacramento. Listed here are a number of resources such as local food banks and other community-based organizations (CBOs) doing work to help meet this critical need.

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Local resources and multicultural services

Multilingual guidance, community clinics

A compilation of COVID-19 related resources and services from UC Davis Health, local CBOs, chambers of commerce, and other groups for multicultural, multilingual, and under-served communities.

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Mental health and well-being

Coping, managing stress, emotional support

Many people have questions about ways to cope with stress experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several local resources exist to help individuals cope and even thrive.

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We’ve compiled a number of resources to help connect you with groups in our community helping those in need.

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COVID-19 articles, research and guidance

Coronavirus stats, common myths

Read the articles, research, media stories and leadership statements to help understand the science and data of novel coronavirus.

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Help for immigrant and undocumented communiti

Assistance, national and regional resources

Novel coronavirus has elevated the concerns for immigrant families’ access to health care and economic well-being. Several resources exist to help.

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Virtual Learning

Webinars, online education events

Education, training and learning provide positive ways to channel our energies. Several online opportunities exist for our multicultural communities to learn new strategies and build their skills.