week of may 24, 2021
This week's letter is from the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Trenika Mitchell.

We Can Be
Unfortunately, yet truthfully, this world can be terrifying, treacherous, uncertain, unfair
Its inhabitants, its people hurling insults, spewing contempt, casting stones
Roads rocky, doors closed, eyes averted, backs turned
Hearts hurting, confidences shattered, division pervasive, heavy burdens carried alone
Yet, we, you and I, can make the difference
The solution lies inside us, is at our fingertips, directly within our reach
The answer is in the way we live our lives – our actions, our thoughts
The support we provide, access we grant, inequities we protest, kind words we speak
We, you and I, can
Fight malicious “isms” and inequalities
Be brilliant, bold beacons of light
Lead the nation, not only in accomplishments but in allyship
Do what is good, what is just, what is noble, what is right
We, you and I, can
Truly listen, without judgment, to the concerns and frustrations of others
Open our eyes – see the suffering, sadness, discrimination, pain
Use our hands to pick someone up, applaud a triumph, meet a need
Our mouths to encourage, denounce violence in all forms, demand change
We, you and I, can
Embrace diversity in all its beauty and splendor
Refuse to entertain, endorse, or disseminate falsehoods that attempt to destroy and divide
Stand firmly on the simple truth – all individuals are significant, have inherent worth
Demonstrate love and compassion – provide respect and the opportunity to thrive
We, you and I, can
Resolve to speak up rather than down, turn toward not away, educate instead of ignore
Graciously, humbly open our minds, hearts; forcefully, intentionally open previously closed doors
Courageously be the battering ram that breaks through barriers, pummels injustice and hate
Choose to proudly, enthusiastically honor, serve, and celebrate – everyone
Use salve to mend the wounds rather than peppering them with salt
Be comfortable with discomfort; willingly have the difficult yet healing talks
Purposefully seek harmony instead of destructive discord
Value people – our colleagues, our friends – more than accolades and awards
We, you and I, can
Become a truly inclusive community that will be stronger, better
Success requires each of us and our unique contributions
Today, let us begin this meaningful, rewarding journey together.

Submit your wins or a reflections to be included in the next This Week @ COP.
This Week @ COP Submissions
  • Caixia Hou was awarded the 2021 Lab Staff Employee of the Year, and Angela Keene was named the 2021 Administrative Staff Employee of the Year. Congrats to both of them!
  • We published our first Staff Annual Report, which you can view here.
  • Craig Martin (PharmD 1999, R284) was named the 2021 Grant County High School (KY) Distinguished Alumni.
  • David Allen (BS 1985, PhD 1993) received the Friend of the Student Award from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.
  • UKCOP students were highlighted in the ACCP Global Health Newsletter for their work with Shoulder to Shoulder in Santo Domingo, Ecuador.
  • Shaina Smoger (PharmD 2020) was named the Louisville Clinical Education Center (LCEC) Student of the Year based on outstanding performance on APPE rotations and with multiple preceptors nominating.
  • Demetra Antimisiaris was named the LCEC Preceptor of the Year for the 2020-2021 rotation year.
  • Kafayat Badmos (PharmD 2021) was featured in Pulses for her piece on The Shift from Cultural Competency to Culturally Responsive Teaching in Pharmacy Programs.
  • Bob Blouin (PharmD 1978) is one of nine candidates looking to become the next president of Florida State University. Click here for more information.
  • Kristie Colón was featured in Strategies & Tactics on how to create an inclusive crisis communications plan for your organization.
  • Congratulations to Pan Deng, Jacqueline Leachman and her collaborative team, and Melissa Thompson Bastin and her collaborative team for their respective publications being recognized as the UKCOP April publications highlight.
  • Faculty member Jeff Cain was recognized with the 2021 Outstanding Teaching Award. Winners received award certificates, pewter bowls and cash awards of $4,000.
  • Dustin Miracle (PharmD 2021) was selected as an AACP Walmart Scholar. Additional congratulations to his mentor Trish Freeman (BS 1987, PhD 1991).
  • Candace Olson (PharmD 2018) was featured in the Herald-Leader for her op-ed Before Kentucky legalizes, let’s weed through the inconsistencies of medical marijuana.
  • Congratulations again to the Class of 2021! You can now view the live recording of their graduation ceremony.
  • PRECEPTOR APPRECIATION. June is UKCOP Preceptor Appreciation Month. Join us for a virtual event on June 24 at 7 pm to celebrate our preceptors. Password: UK2021
  • UK LGBTQ* AFFINITY GROUP. If you would like to be added to the listserv for the LGBTQ* Affinity group at UK, email Ellen D.B. Riggle.
  • BYSTANDER INTERVENTION. Please help us create a more inclusive environment by learning more about the 5 Ds of Bystander Intervention.
  • UK HR IS OFFERING TRAINING ON UNCONSCIOUS BIAS. Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Education (IEDE) is pleased to announce the recent launch of the newly expanded three-part Unconscious Bias Initiative. Click here to learn more.
  • 2021 SUMMER CAMP LISTINGS. Click here to learn more about the summer camp options for working employees.
  • UK MOTERPOOL.  UK Moterpool has officially closed, which means if you travel on behalf of the University, you will need to use your own vehicle or a rental car. You may claim mileage for your own vehicle, while the rental car would be a reimbursement.
  • VACATION ROLLOVER. In recognition of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, UK and UK HealthCare will extend the deadline to use some accrued vacation timeNon-healthcare staff whose time is set to expire on June 30, 2021, may now be used through March 31, 2022. This is vacation time that was accrued during the July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, fiscal year. UK HealthCare staff (non-exempt staff) may be paid for their vacation time set to expire on September 30, 2021, per the existing UK HealthCare policy. Exempt staff may extend any vacation time set to expire on September 30, 2021, until June 29, 2022.
  • MAY: Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month
  • MAY 31: Memorial Day
  • JUNE: Pride Month
  • JUNE 19: Juneteenth
  • JUNE 24: Preceptor Appreciation Event (Virtual) @ 7 PM EST (Password: UK2021)
  • JUNE 28: Pride Day
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