The College of Pharmacy’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee has developed a “Statement on Loss and Systemic Racism Against Black People,” which reflects the College’s commitment to this critical social and humanitarian issue. “If we are to be effective in this quest for equality, we must take action. I charged the College’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee with developing a statement that would be our first step in taking action,” said Dean Kelly Smith. The full text of the Statement is available on the College of Pharmacy Diversity and Inclusion page.
Another action step that the College has taken is to host “Town Hall on Racism: A Courageous Conversation,” a virtual panel discussion, on Friday, June 26, at 7 pm. Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott will serve as moderator, and panel members will include Dr. Brian Cummings, PBS Department Head; Dr. Henry Young, CAP Kroger Professor; and Dr. Anneliese Singh, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Mary Frances Early College of Education. All are welcome to participate. The College of Pharmacy community will receive a separate email with Zoom access details; individuals outside the College should register here to receive the link. View the town hall flyer here.
“While I believe these initial steps are the right course of action for our college to take, there is still much that needs to be done. You will hear more about these action steps in the near future. In recent weeks, we have witnessed horrific tragedies against Black individuals. Racism, hate, and intolerance are still alive. Our collective actions will move us closer to rewriting the narratives for Black people in America. We are reminded that when we work together to support each other, we do better as a society,” said Dean Smith.