We write to express our feelings and thoughts about multiple recent tragic events involving discrimination, violence, and cruelty against Black Americans. Some of these incidents have been the murders of George Floyd of Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery of Georgia, and Breonna Taylor of Kentucky.
We are angered and saddened by these horrific occurrences. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of Mr. Floyd, Mr. Arbery, and Ms. Taylor—as well as the many other victims of hate crimes against Black Americans. We recognize that these high-profile incidents reflect a more pervasive and systemic pattern of racism, intolerance, and bigotry.
We are committed to supporting all members of our COEHP community who are affected by these traumatizing events. We welcome anyone to reach out to us directly. Our University Counseling Center is also available to work with affected members of our community.
Finally, we wish to express that these issues are of particular importance to our College. The people of COEHP pursued training and careers in human services professions to ease suffering, reduce hatred, and minimize inequity. Those of us working in education and health are all too familiar with the dramatic racial disparities that exist around critical educational and health-related outcomes. Therefore, we recommit ourselves to working toward a kinder, more compassionate, and more equitable society.
The Deans of the College of Education and Health Professions
Brian Primack, MD, PhD, Dean
Kate Mamiseishvili, PhD, Associate Dean
Steve Dittmore, PhD, Assistant Dean
Lewatis McNeal, PhD, MPH, Assistant Dean