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Community Notifications

June 1, 2020

Dear Members of the MCPHS community,

This past week, we have all witnessed the horrors of racial injustice. The death of George Floyd under the watch of the Minneapolis police was not only repulsive, it strikes at the core of something that should not exist in our society. Sadly, this week is not the first time we have seen such injustice. As shameful as it is, we live in a society where violence and persecution toward people of color is far too common. We have witnessed the deaths and the targeting of Black people who were out jogging, birdwatching, and merely sleeping in their own home this year alone. In just the past year, we have seen far too many similar cases. It is outrageous that these actions, with their deep-seated roots, continue to perpetuate.

While we watch in shock at these inhumane actions, we view as reprehensible those who believe that you are different because of the color of your skin. We are at a point that we need to do more than watch these horrible acts as they continue to poison our lives. As a starting point, we need to bring our community together and have an open dialogue of what we are all experiencing. We must continue to remain vigilant and develop an action plan that strengthens our University’s core value of Diversity and Inclusion. We must find ways to deeply ingrain these values in our curricula as well as all other interactions among our MCPHS community members. We are an institution committed to equity, kindness and respect and that commitment will not be compromised.

In collaboration with the Provost, Dean of Students, Human Resources, and the Diversity Task Force, we will work with key representatives from across the University to provide support for our community members of color, and make sure that MCPHS is a welcoming environment for all. There will be more to follow on this in the coming weeks. Until that time, please know that the following resources are currently available to you:

Counseling Services information for Students: For our student community, please know that we welcome your outreach to Counseling Services so that we may provide support and resources for you at this time.

Healing Space: Our Black Student Union (BSU) in collaboration with Associate Dean of Students Julia Golden will host a virtual community healing space. The BSU and Associate Dean Golden will facilitate the healing space and will soon share more details with the community.

Employee Assistance Program: Counselors from AllOne Health, the University’s Employee Assistance Program, are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for employees. Our employees should feel free to call 800-451-1834 at any time if you would like the opportunity to privately speak with a counselor.

Our University stands united, and we will continue to support anti-racist work through our ongoing collaborative actions.

With our commitment,

Richard J. Lessard, Interim President
Caroline S. Zeind, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost
Jacinda Félix Haro, Dean of Students and Senior Student Affairs Officer
Kevin Dolan, Chief Human Resources Officer
Kevin Nolan, Chief of Public Safety