“Black History Month is a reminder of how powerful and how much strength my people have.”
In February, the SFPUC is celebrating the contributions and achievements of some of our talented Black colleagues. Working as Instrumentation Supervisor within our Wastewater Enterprise, Roderick Trice takes pride in celebrating Black History Month. “To me, it is a reminder of Black excellence and that we can do anything when we put our hearts and minds to it,” Trice explains. “The history of some of our greatest leaders and icons is highlighted and our children are reminded of who they are and what they are capable of.”
Trice takes pride in his role working in our Wastewater Enterprise. He is tasked with keeping all instrumentation and control equipment in proper working condition to maintain easy and reliable control of the wastewater that flows to the Oceanside plant. This job is crucial to ensure a healthy environment so that the SFPUC can continue reliable utility services to all of San Francisco.
This year’s theme for Black History Month is Black Health and Wellness, a theme that deeply resonates with Trice. “This theme touches my soul especially after having COVID last year. I am working to improve my health significantly with diet and exercise and I have setup physical fitness milestone for the year such as the Spartan Race to help me stay on track,” said Trice.
Trice explains that health is not something to only think about as being physical. Mental health is just as crucial and often time overlooked. “I believe that our health is not just physical, it is also mental and it’s important to do activities that improve that area such as spending quality time with family and close friends or going on vacation.”
As Trice reflects on the impact that many Black Americans have made on our society, one thing stands out the most: Community. “When we are together, we can hold each other accountable and help each other become better versions of ourselves. Together we can improve our quality of life and teach the new generation how to grow and make the best with their lives,” Trice said.
“Like the old proverb says, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’.”