Statement: Responding to acts of racism

On behalf of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, I want to share my condolences with the families and communities affected by the tragic deaths of Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, Mr. George Floyd, Ms. Breonna Taylor and the countless other people who are victims of systemic hate, racism and bigotry.

Incidents of violence against Black, Indigenous and people of colour are pervasive. And while we live in a community and country that value inclusiveness and diversity – we are not immune to these acts.

To those of you who have faced racism and bigotry as part of your lived experience, we are here to support, listen and stand with you.

As researchers, health care providers and teachers, whose careers and lives are focused on making this world better, safer and healthier, we have a responsibility to actively engage in anti-racist work. We need to listen, to learn, to check in, to step in, and to use our voices to make change in our own environments and those around us each and every day.

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry must commit to actively take on racism and eliminate inequities where we see them. Our School, as part of the community, has the opportunity and the responsibility to create a better future for each other and for generations to come. In the coming weeks, I will be holding a town hall so that we can begin a listening and learning process.

If you need support, or someone to talk to, we are here for you. Visit the Digital Student Experience website to learn about the University's well-being supports. In addition, the University Students' Council Ethnocultural Support ServicesBlack Students' Association, the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) Racial Equity & Inclusivity Commissioner, SOGS Peer Support, Indigenous Student Centre and the Learner Equity & Wellness Office provide supports available to you. 

Dr. John Yoo
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University