Rancho CEO Dr. Aries Limbaga joined the Black History Month exhibit presented by the Cultural Diversity Operations Council.
Black History Month highlights our heroes throughout history who paved the way with brave hearts and true ambition to create change in the world. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the most historically pivotal leaders in the Civil Rights Movement and a catalyst for change. Dr. King created a shift in diversity and inclusion that would echo throughout history. In 1963, Dr. King delivered his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech at The March on Washington. This powerful speech built the foundation for love, diversity, and true equality. His legacy continues to shine bright through individuals like Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, a 34-year-old scientist who is a key developer of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine and one of the National Institutes of Health’s scientists leading the search for a vaccine. Dr. Corbett is part of a team that worked with Moderna, the pharmaceutical company that developed one of the two mRNA vaccines that has been shown to be more than 90% effective. She shares her life in science, preparing for the next pandemic and emphasizing the importance of empathy when it comes to tackling vaccine hesitancy in the Black community.
Christopher Manning, University of Southern California’s (USC) first Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer points out that there was never a perfect unified time in American history. Manning is focused on building a framework for strategies and programs that reinforce USC’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging. The pandemic has exposed nationally and repeatedly the vulnerability of African-American, Black and brown people within the health care context. It provides us a big opportunity to hopefully evolve as a nation and as a people. There are opportunities to address long-standing problems with our health care system because so many underrepresented communities are particularly vulnerable to this virus.
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center celebrates Black History Month in honor of our heroes who advocate for change and inspire so many to create a legacy of diversity and inclusion and who affirm that irrespective of our identities; we are all created equal. Rancho Cultural & Diversity Operations Council has prominently placed multiple poster displays throughout our campus for two weeks from February 7-18, 2022, with the theme of “Daring to Dream – Representation, Identity, and Diversity”.