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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Dean's Message - June 29, 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020
Think about how you can contribute to GSBS and facilitate a racially just community at our school.
Jaharis Building in the spring

Last Tuesday, we dedicated our annual Community Meeting to moving toward becoming an antiracist school. We had over a hundred students, faculty, and staff attend (25% of our entire community and a record attendance). Following the University’s Juneteenth Day of Reflection, Commitment, and Action, our meeting reminded me that I have so much more to learn and we as a school have a long way to go. I was encouraged to see us come together to begin our own school’s movement to action. We started with a list of action items gathered from our staff and community suggestions, and our attendees added additional content and new ideas. This revised document was sent to everyone on Wednesday.

GSBS is committed to making these changes, and I invite you all to help on items in which you wish to be involved. For too long the responsibility to do the work to move toward a racially just community has fallen on the few students, faculty, and staff who are willing to contribute their time and energy. As this huge effort – on top of their academic work – has been an unfair burden, now is the time for others to step up and lighten their load. Please look over the list and let me know where you would like to contribute, or if you have other ideas. I look forward to continuing the conversation and addressing the changes and improvements.