On behalf of the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, we honor and commemorate Juneteenth, America's second independence day.
Our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence has created several short videos asking our community and school of medicine leaders, "What Does Juneteenth Mean to Me?" The videos are posted on the Juneteenth School of Medicine webpage.
These videos feature Joan Southgate, who completed a 519-mile Underground Railroad journey from Ripley, Ohio, to St. Catherines, Ontario; and Katherine Puckett, Board President of Restore Cleveland Hope; as well as reflections from myself and Blanton Tolbert, Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
As we commemorate Juneteenth, let us each pause and reflect on the comments and stories the videos depict.
Stan Gerson, MD
Dean and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs
School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (acting)
Director, National Center for Regenerative Medicine