These narratives reveal that our campus is educating and empowering students to go on to become advocates who work to bridge gaps within their own communities and increase equitable access to necessary resources. Through the various interviews, as folks mentioned their coworkers and talked about each other’s work, we began to see how connected all of the staff seem to be. This speaks to the connectivity and positivity that permeates throughout our health services.
University Health Services is in the process of assembling a more diverse healthcare team in order to meet the needs of each individual patient. The narrators speak to the fact that UHS struggles to meet every individual’s needs. While UHS is making great strides in providing holistic care for more of the student and staff population with cooking classes, comprehensive services available when visiting a primary care doctor, drop-in nutrition counseling at designated sites on campus, and nutrition policy recommendations, they emphasized that there is still some work to be done in terms of providing for trans health care and mental health care. Yet each narrator expressed deep motivation to keep learning and providing quality care for all members of the UC Berkeley community.
– Nathalie Munoz and Natalia Semeraro