President’s message: Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents:
On Monday, Jan. 18, UT Health San Antonio will be closed in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dedication to equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest.
Each year, the third Monday of January marks MLK Day to honor the civil rights leader’s work and legacy to end racism, social injustices and all forms of discrimination.
After a year of extraordinary challenges faced as a nation, Dr. King’s words and the values he espoused — those of equality, respect, justice, truth, service, nonviolence and love — are an especially profound gift to us.
Please take a moment to watch this tribute to his legacy.
Thank you for your continued commitment to serve our community and your unflagging resiliency.
William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP
President and Professor of Medicine
If you or your family members are in need of additional support during these difficult times, UT Health San Antonio has many support services available:
The Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, offers a variety of confidential services to employees and family members, including counseling consultation services with a licensed mental health professional, legal and financial resources, and work/life referrals, at no cost. Call 713-500-3327 or 800-346-3549. Click here for more information.
The UT Health San Antonio Student Counseling Center, operated under the Division of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, offers counseling services for personal matters, stress, academic difficulties, substance abuse and other issues. The center is located in the Dental School Building, third floor, 3.100R.1, on the Long campus. Call 210-567-2648. More information.
Wellness 360, operated by the School of Nursing, provides an array of health care services to students and employees, including comprehensive behavioral and mental health services. Call 210-567-2788 for information or to make an appointment. More information.
There are a number of ways to participate virtually in Martin Luther King Jr. Day events:
- The 2021 MLK Jr. Virtual March and Celebration
Monday, Jan.18, 10 a.m.
- YWCA San Antonio Dreamweek Conference: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Possibilities for Race and Gender
Monday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
- 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Activism, Advocacy and Allyship Toward Equality
Monday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.
Presented by Palm Beach State College. Keynote speaker is award-winning journalist Yvette M. Miley, senior vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the NBCU News Group and NBC Sports. Call 561-207-5707 or email email@example.com. RSVP at palmbeachstate.edu/mlk/.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Film Series – Multiple Dates
Friday, Jan. 15, 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 16, 6 p.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 17, 6 p.m.–7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Join us for a special movie weekend celebrating Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and vision of the Promised Land.
- The Drum Major Instinct
Dramatic reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermon for diverse audiences, to generate powerful dialogue about racism, inequality and social justice, fostering compassion, understanding and positive action.
Monday, Jan 18, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
For more information, visit the university’s Office for Inclusion and Diversity.