Pride Month: In Honor of Those Who Have Fought Before Us

Julia PurksWritten by Julia Purks '23
The uprising at Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969, catalyzed Gay Liberation as we know it today, arising amidst a long history of police brutality against LGBTQ people. The riot came as the fruit of relentless oppression, mirroring the cruelty of the era. It was not a peaceful protest, but rather a justified reaction to injustice. Read more...

Notes from the Front Line: Rapid Response in L.A.

Raghav Goyal and Ronni PearlmanWritten by Michael Ohkura, M.D.'18
The initial surge of coronavirus patients never quite slammed us in Los Angeles the way that we were expecting. We watched as NYC struggled to cope and wondered if we would be next. The U.S. Navy ship, “Mercy,” was deployed to dock in our harbor, and we raced to plan. As a second-year resident in the UCLA Family Medicine Residency Program, I was on the family medicine inpatient service in the hospital when COVID-19 started becoming a very real concern. Read more...

Perspectives on Homelessness: With and Without the COVID-19 Pandemic

Raghav Goyal and Ronni PearlmanWritten by Raghav Goyal '22 and Ronni Pearlman
My understanding of homelessness has built over the last three years here in Burlington, Vt., and has revealed, for me, some basic truths: Homelessness is a transient condition that many people go in and out of; not everyone has mental health or substance abuse issues; and the people in the homeless community are unbelievably diverse in age, nationality, race, political bent, and education, with stories you would never anticipate. Read more...