A message to the UMMC Community on Wednesday, June 3, 2020
No amount of words can describe what is happening around the country. Over, and over, and over again – it is the same story. Just a different place and time. Will it ever end? The significance of the March on Washington in 1963 was a bold cry for justice. Here we are in 2020, still demanding an end to injustice. The unwarranted killings of Breona Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, and George Floyd has provoked so many undesirable emotions. Sadly, this is not the first time many of us have felt this way and we will forever speak their names. Then, I continue to think about what may have happened to Chris Cooper, an avid birdwatcher, if he had not recorded his experience. Racism is a terrible disease and these incidents is evidence that we still have a long way to go.
Dr. Woodward reminds us that diversity and inclusion remains a core value at this institution. We must continue to work together by demonstrating civility, compassion, and empathy for one another.
Please know that your Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is always available to you. Below are several racial equity resources to help you on your journey towards healing, advocacy, and promoting a culture of respect in your own spaces. Consider using these tools as an opportunity for learning, practicing mindfulness, and engaging with your colleagues, students, and community. In closing, ODI extends it services by:
Racial Equity Resources
My good friends from The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation also shared the following resources
Juanyce D. Taylor, Ph.D.Chief Diversity & Inclusion OfficerAssociate Professor, Doctor of Health Administration ProgramOffice of Diversity & Inclusion