Members of the NEOMED Community,
Over the last several days, like many of you, I have been appalled at the tragic events and loss of lives in Charlottesville. There is no justification for racism or discrimination, on any basis, in our society.
I am proud to lead the NEOMED community where civility, diversity and inclusion are central to who we are. Our core values require that we build relationships based on respect, trust and empathy. As we prepare to begin the new academic year, let us remember that NEOMED is a place where respect, compassion and multiculturalism are embraced.
The NEOMED community is united in our desire to provide an inclusive, supportive environment to all, regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, military status, national origin or disability. To that end, if you have questions, concerns or have felt harassed or threatened for any reason, several campus resources appear at the end of this message.
Higher education, health care and the research enterprise are filled with people who help create a rich fabric of diversity with their global perspectives and backgrounds. The University of Virginia and the City of Charlottesville are in our thoughts and hearts as we stand in support of them.
Jay A. Gershen
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Office of the Ombuds
The Office of Student Affairs
The Office of Global Engagement
Center for Student Wellness & Counseling Services