UT Police Staff Contributes to MD Anderson’s MLK Event

On Jan. 16, when MD Anderson held its annual celebration to honor the life of The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Ph.D., there were two representatives of UT Police contributing their part to make the program a success.

Alicia Jasmin, Sr. Community Relations Specialist, and Armando Viscarri, Sr. Public Safety Officer, served as members of the volunteer MLK Planning Committee where they helped organize the event sponsored by the MD Anderson Office of Institutional Diversity, Spiritual Care and Education, and the Diversity Council.

“It was an honor to work alongside members of the committee who are likeminded in the belief that Dr. King’s legacy is worthy of being remembered,” said Jasmin. “The event came together beautifully and left the audience inspired and energized to inject more kindness into the world.”

Viscarri, a Diversity Champion and long-time member of the Diversity Council, helped facilitate the attendance of the day’s keynote speaker, Virgil Wood, Ed.D., and formulated online trivia questions.

Wood is a civil rights leader who served with King as a member of his National Executive Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and worked closely with him more than a decade.

“It’s amazing to watch how the event keeps growing each year,” said Viscarri. “We were really lucky to have a civil rights icon like Dr. Wood here to address those in audience.”

The afternoon’s program also included special performances by the MacGregor Elementary School Music and Science Academy.

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