Department Hosts Equality Walk to Celebrate Juneteenth

By Camren Clouthier | June 22 2020

Participants in the walk around the NCRC.On Friday, June 19, the Department of Pathology hosted an Equality Walk at the North Campus Research Complex in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. Here, members from all areas of the department gathered to take a stand against racial discrimination and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Participants marched around the NCRC campus and eventually stopped to kneel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in remembrance of George Floyd.

Jenna Koelsch, a medical laboratory scientist from the Microbiology lab first developed the idea for the march, describing how it came to fruition. "I had the idea to start the walk and to get the walk moving, [but] I had the help of pretty much everyone from the Pathology department, including facilities." 

Dr. Jeffrey Myers also commented on the event, saying "I think [the walk] shows a sense of unity and purpose that we bring to a lot of things, but this thing is what matters most in this moment."

Jenna Koelsch speaking to participants of the walk.Koelsch concludes by discussing the overall impact of the Equality Walk. "As we've all seen over the past four weeks, individuals [are] protesting the inequality that we continue to see. It's heartbreaking to know that we live in a society where this can happen, so the walk was just a reflection of these protests and really symbolized highlighting the injustice. Now it's our responsibility to initiate change."

A recap video of the 2020 Equality Walk is available here.