Recent acts of racism and violence

May 29, 2020

Good evening,

Earlier this afternoon, President Schlissel addressed the recent events of racism and violence across the country. I echo his condemnation of the incomprehensible and senseless acts against George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.  I am deeply saddened on a personal level, and my heart goes out to the families and loved ones of these victims. As dean of the school, I also want to acknowledge the pain, distress, and fear that these events have caused for many within our community.

I realize that email is not ideal for addressing such difficult topics and is not my preference under normal circumstances.  I value the ability to come together as a community to talk, console, support one another, listen, and where possible discuss a path forward.  I look forward to such interactions and events when we resume in-person activities in the future.  In the meantime, I encourage you to explore virtual opportunities for dialogue, reflection and support. For students seeking confidential counseling support, please contact Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). Faculty and staff can seek assistance through the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office.

Within our school, health and equity are rooted in our daily mission.  Collectively as public health advocates, we lead efforts to reduce social inequities and combat racism.  Our training and research spans across disciplines, but with a common purpose. Examples like the recent acts of violence and the disproportionate impact of COVID on underrepresented minorities serve as reminders of how much work remains.  Yet, our awareness of the need for change is critical to motivating and accelerating continued efforts. I urge each and every one of you to consider ways that you can contribute to our mission of health and equity for all.

In partnership, Dean DuBois Bowman