Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Department of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Keep an Open Mind - Practice Mindfulness

Greetings, MUSC Family!

In my last column I asked you to stay on the MUSC DEI journey to preeminence.  One of the best ways to do that is to develop our awareness, which allows us to be open to gaining a deeper understanding and awareness about how each of us experiences life.  Isn’t it amazing how two people can appear to be sharing a common space and interaction, and come out of that “shared experience” impacted differently? I remind us of this because the same is true about the many ways we acknowledge and respond to monthly and annual celebrations that make us aware of the experiences of particular groups, cultures, religions, as well as notable historic events that may not necessarily be of importance to us, and as someone said to me recently, “just seems unnecessary and overdone!”

To engage in the practice of mindfulness with a DEI slant, simply means intentionally be fully present and aware of our surroundings, what triggers us in ways that we have not noticed – and what is going on with others in our shared spaces and experiences.  Here is my ask of you this month.  Be intentional and mindful of the contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islanders. As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, be aware of their contributions to our nation’s history and growth. Equally as important, commit to your personal growth, awareness and openness to the many ways the we can create shared spaces where everyone is valued and welcomed. 

This May let us elevate our awareness to give and model compassion.

Let’s be open to understanding the values and practices of groups that we do not share membership with. Let us practice mindfulness when it is most impactful for others as well as ourselves. Continue on our journey to DEI preeminence by paying attention to and creating environments and shared spaces that result in respectful, engaging and meaning interactions -at all times- among and between members of the MUSC community.


Willette S. Burnham-Williams, PhD
Interim Chief Equity Officer



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