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A Message from Dean Ron Brookmeyer | 2020 Election: Navigating this time of uncertainty together

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

It’s been a long 24 hours. And a long year. But when every presidential election ballot has been accurately counted, what will remain unchanged is the power of the work that each of you continue to do every day to improve public health and increase health equity.

In this moment, we are all experiencing anxiety about the election, and fatigue from our anxiety. This campaign season was deeply divisive and the continued uncertainty is taking its toll on many of us. I ask that we all continue to lead with empathy and compassion for one another as we navigate this time together.

In addition to a gathering space open today at 12:00 PM to all Fielding School students, faculty and staff, there are upcoming UCLA events and gatherings, and available resources including:

  • Resources for Students, Staff and Faculty | UCLA has created a webpage with resources ranging from counseling; faculty and teaching resources; incident reporting; and much more. (LINK TO INFO)

  • Nov. 4 | FSPH is hosting a gathering space for our community members today at 12:00 PM. The Zoom meeting ID is 976 6187 4018 and the passcode is 669279.

  • Nov. 4 | UCLA Student Affairs is hosting a Post-Election Reflection Space for All Undergrad. and Grad. Students today from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. (LINK TO INFO)

  • Nov. 5 | UCLA EDI is hosting A Conversation on Community, an event exploring and reaffirming our community’s commitment to inclusion and dignity for all, on Nov. 5 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. (LINK TO INFO

  • Additional Events | UCLA is hosting post-election gatherings and events through December 9. (LINK TO INFO)

We recognize that the outcome of the election may have a fundamental effect on the lives of members of our community and their families. For our colleagues who are feeling especially vulnerable today, please know that you have our unwavering support. Although we cannot predict what’s to come, we will face it together.

Experiencing the support of our community is more challenging with us learning, teaching and working remotely, so please contact our Student Affairs Office, our EDI Office, Human Resources or the Dean’s Office and let us know how we can help support you in coming days, weeks and beyond.

Although the outcome of the presidential election is not yet known, what we know for certain is that we will remain resolute in advocating for evidence and data to improve the health of our communities. Our collective energy, focus and resolve will remain intact. And our commitment to dismantling structural racism, to increasing health equity, to combatting climate change, to tackling COVID-19, to improving our own FSPH community and so much more, will continue unabated. We will remain actively engaged in effecting positive change and firmly committed to doing that work together.

During this time of uncertainty, please try to prioritize your well-being and take good care of yourself.

Sincerely,

Ron

 

 

 

 

Ron Brookmeyer, PhD
Dean