PainIntoPurpose Virtual Gathering Today

January 24, 2024 | 0 Comments

A special virtual gathering will be held today [Jan 24] by the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, & Justice [DEIBJ] office at the University of California, Berkeley with the panelists set to include Wendie Warren, Dr. Ty Douglas and more.

A spokesperson said, “#PainIntoPurpose day was started by a group of high school students in Bermuda after their 11th grade classmate–Kijani Burgess–passed away in a moped/ motorcycle accident. Kijani’s classmates and family have sought to pivot the pain of the experience into something productive. Our Cal DEIBJ Office has partnered with the #PainIntoPurpose movement to support our Cal student-athletes with road safety and overall wellness resources.

“We plan to focus on the fact that “road safety is a we,” involving pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, and car/bus/truck drivers; and “wellness is for all,” including learning healthy grief practices, navigating injury and rehabilitation, prioritizing mental health, and overcoming adversity. An element of diversity that people do not always talk about is the diverse journeys of overcoming adversity and the different ways that people grieve.

PainIntoPurpose Partnership with Cal DEIBJ Office Bermuda January 2024

“The experience will include the Marco Warren tribute song L.L.M. [written and performed by Cush Evans]; the presence of Kijani Burgess’ family–who have been gracious partners with Cal Athletics; and the inclusion of Cal’s head field hockey coach who spent time with Marco Warren’s family during her team’s visit to Bermuda in May 2023.”


  • Student-Athletes: Kayla Racine | Cal Track & Field
  • Parent of Student-Athlete: Julia Johnson | Mother of Brett Johnson, Cal Football Player & CalHope Winner
  • Campus Staff: Teagan Adams, Psy.D., CMPC | Student Mental Health, Clinical and Sport Psychologist
  • University Health Services Tang Center, UC Berkeley
  • Cal Athletics Staff: Shellie Onstead | Field Hockey Head Coach
  • Family and friends of Marco Warren: Wendie Warren | Mother of Marco; Cush Evans [music artist--to perform Marco Warren Tribute L.L.M]
  • Alumni: Jason Gant | Transformational Coach

Moderators: Dr. Ty Douglas & Ladislao Rodriguez

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