|DHLS Summer Student Research Orientation Day|
On August 8th, faculty in the Department of Health and Life Sciences held a new event, Summer Student Research Orientation Day, for incoming HLS students. The event was sponsored by the Mission Maker grant program. Scientific literacy and laboratory research are core competencies in the Department of Health and Life Sciences.The focus of the grant was to increase our student body proficiency in this area by introducing them early in their CDU career to laboratory science. During the event they were introduced to the fundamental concepts of the scientific method, hypothesis generation, experimental design, and analysis of results. Students actively participated in experiments in cell biology, molecular biology, organismal biology, and immunology. A follow up objective was to examine whether the event would have an impact on scientific method proficiency in General Biology laboratories and this assessment is ongoing. As expressed by our exit survey, the students enjoyed meeting with and interacting with their new professors and felt they gained knowledge from the workshop. We would like to acknowledge the successful training provided to the students by our faculty Dr. Silvana Constantinescu, PhD, Dr. Jorge Artaza. PhD, Dr. Monica Ferrini, PhD, and Dr. Thomas Magee, PhD.
|Legacy Harmony Music Series|
On September 7th, Little Tokyo (LA) welcomed friends, neighbors and music lovers to experience local flavor with a touch of old school R&B, during the inaugural Legacy Harmony Music Series. The day-long festival, hosted by the Little Tokyo Business Association/Little Tokyo Business Improvement District (LTBA), Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), along with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California (JCCSC) was held at the JACCC and the historical Aratani Theatre.
Guests enjoyed a free outdoor concert featuring a variety of emerging artists. An evening concert featured Irasshai (Welcome) – Community Rhythms (a joint performance by Zendeko, Yoki Daiko and Kinnara), three Taiko drum groups affiliated with Zenshuji Soto Mission, Tenrikyo Church and Senshin Buddhist Temple. The show’s closing acts were 70's and 80's R&B legendary groups, Grammy award winning, A Taste of Honey and Lakeside. A Taste of Honey was at the top of their game with the 1980s disco hit “Boogie Oogie Oogie.” Lakeside, the R&B/Soul group whose musical journey includes international hits, “It’s All the Way Live” and “Fantastic Voyage” were concert headliners. The pairing of A Taste of Honey and Lakeside was historical in that it marked the 40th anniversary of the two groups performing on the same concert billing.
“It is always a pleasure to present legendary artists like A Taste of Honey and Lakeside to the younger generation,” said Roland Betts, LT Live LA 2013 talent coordinator. It is a pleasure to continue the concept of building bridges through multicultural entertainment to reach common ground and achieve a common goal.” Betts is the founder and former producer of CDU’s Jazz At Drew. He retired from CDU in 2009 but remains an active supporter of the University.
“While it has its roots in the Jazz At Drew concert series, The ZOKU volunteer group is dedicated to building cultural bridges among all communities while encouraging committed local business leaders to serve both as catalysts for economic development and as community-based resources for the benefit of youth education,” stated Robert Yasui, Director of LTBA, JCCSC, Founder of The ZOKU and Executive Producer of LT Live LA 2013. Proceeds from the concert benefited the Japanese American Treaty Centennial Scholarship Fund, JACCC’s Family and Children Programming, and CDU’s Mrs. Lillian Harkless Mobley Presidential Endowed Fund. CDU was the event’s Legacy Sponsor.
|Dolls of Hope Extends to Dominican Republic|
On June 15, 2013, Lillie Hudson, MSPA, PA-C, MPH, (2008 Alumni of the Charles Drew University Master of Urban Public Health Program) traveled to La Romana, Dominican Republic on a medical mission trip with a team of 35 people from Los Angeles, California. During the 10-day medical mission trip they served over 1000 Haitian immigrants with medical care in several bateyes (sugarcane villages), one prison and aided in building an elementary school in Kilometer 6. Additionally, because of the generosity of Dolls of Hope, Lillie was able to go with a special gift in hand. Dolls of Hope provided over 30 beautiful, hand-crafted, one of a kind, unique dolls to the Haitian children. These special gifts will serve as a constant reminder that whether near or far there is love and care that extends borders to offer HOPE.
Lillie, Yolanda & Selta (Mom) with a Doll of Hope.
|CDU Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month|
On Monday, September 16, 2013, the University launched the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month with a history lesson from former CDU Board Member and long-time community activist Mr. Jose Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzalez gave CDU students, staff and faculty an overview of the 16th of September of 1810, which marked the beginning of Mexico’s struggle for independence from Spain. CDU post-baccalaureate student Maria Morales also provided remarks about the relevance of honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. Mr. Gonzalez remarked that “sharing history gives us value and understanding of who we are, where we come from and increases our cultural awareness.” The full summary of Mr. Gonzalez remarks are provided below:
The 16th of September 1810, marks the beginning of Mexico’s struggle for independence from Spain. Hence, this day is similar in many ways to the American “4th of July,” Which commemorates our American independence from Britain. “El Grito de Dolores,” (The cry in the village named Dolores-Sorrows-,) “Long live independence! Long live America! Death to bad Government!” This proclamation for independence was made on this day by Miguel Hidalgo from the Balcony of the Parish of Nuestra Senora de Los Dolores (Our Lady of Sorrows). A heroic parish Priest, who is widely regarded as the Father of Mexican independence and a symbol of patriotism, Miguel Hidalgo De Costilla was responsible for leading the first large revolutionary forces against the Spaniards. Tragically, however, shortly thereafter, he was captured and executed by a firing squad. Father Hidalgo’s martyrdom, however, galvanized the Mexican people to struggle and fight for independence. After Father Hidalgo’s demise, Jose Maria Morelos, a small village priest, and a farseeing political and military genius, rallied the revolutionary forces until his capture and execution on December 22, 1815. Historians sum up his service to the cause of Mexican independence by stating that “with him ended the heroic days of the Mexican Revolution.” As he read of the guerilla leader’s brilliant campaigns, the French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte said, “With three such men as Jose Morelos, I could conquer the world.”
Vicente Guerrero, a liberal rebel and the inheritor of the Hidalgo/Morelos tradition, continued the revolutionary struggle against the Spaniards until 1824, when the Spanish were overthrown and Guadalupe Victoria, a liberal became the first elected president of the Republic of Mexico. At the time, the Mexican Empire encompassed all of Central America and the Southwestern United States including California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and parts of what now is the State of Kansas. There is even today great controversy and debate as to the questionable, and perhaps unethical political means, the United States used to acquire this vast territory from Mexico. This issue was best addressed by Ulysses S. Grant when he said, “I do not think there was ever a more wicked war than that waged by the U.S. on Mexico”- A few Spanish land grants still survive today, and Hispanic land grant heirs still argue the United States should be forced to honor land rights they were promised in the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican War (See a copy of the original Treaty).
To commemorate these revolutionary heroes, Mexico named three states after them. Hidalgo is a state just North of Mexico City, whereas Guerrero and Morelos are two adjacent states in Mexico’s West coast. In addition, many hospitals, schools and colleges, state and federal parks, universities and government buildings have been named to honor these three Mexican Revolutionary Heroes – Hidalgo, Morelos, and Guerrero.
|Promoting Mental Wellness|
The “Working Through Trusted Community Partnerships to Promote Mental Wellness Conference” was held on Friday, September 13, 2013 at Holman United Methodist Church. The Conference was presented by the National Library of Medicine in partnership with Healthy African American Families II, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, University of California, Los Angeles, the National Institute of Mental Health, California Community Foundation, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Over 200 attendees learned about a research study that took place in two communities in Los Angeles and aimed to improved access and quality of care for depression. Attendees also received training in three components of collaborative care including depression care management, antidepressant medication management and cognitive behavioral therapy for depression. Attendees were also introduced to a new intervention called a resiliency class and learned about the plethora of resources and information available in the CDU Health Sciences library.