Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

A Message to Black Students, Staff, and Faculty in CHS

“SAWABONA” is a common greeting among the tribes of northern Natal in South Africa and it literally means “I SEE YOU” As to say, “I respect and acknowledge you for who you are.”

As we reach the mid-point of Black History Month, it is important to acknowledge the significance of this time.  We honor your ancestors, many of whom bore unspeakable atrocities to live to create a better life.  We acknowledge that even now, structural racism persists and creates challenges to you personally on a regular basis. We see you.  We celebrate that you are here as part of our family and we commit to working alongside you to create a world where equity and justice reign.  Thank you for being on this journey.

We at the College of Health Sciences condemn racism and are committed to eradicating it in our college, our state, and in this country. As a college, our goal is to create a safe, inclusive environment for all—one from which every one of our students emerge as leaders in health care who practice with compassion and cultural humility.

Our tactics to confront this enemy must be both sustainable and systemic. We are engaging with members across our community and implementing the following actions immediately:

  • We will continue this commitment and find ways to create safe space and means through which our faculty, staff, and students can build community, connections, understanding, and have important and necessary conversations. 
  • We will increase our communications and outreach to students and colleagues through regular updates, open virtual forums, and conversations to mitigate isolation and re-build our connections as we prepare for the fall.
  • We will work to better understand, listen, and learn from each other so our college can make decisive and compassionate changes that lead toward greater inclusivity and transform our CHS community. 
  • We will empower a standing committee to be thought leaders to give us direction, redirect our course when needed, and assess the effectiveness of our actions.
  • We are establishing a $100,000 Fund for the Advancement of Justice, Equity, and Inclusivity in the College of Health Sciences.

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Read about the wonderful faculty and staff whom serve on the Committee!

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Check out upcoming College, University, and Community events, as well as cultural and religious observational dates throughout the year.

Past Events

The Big I.D.E.A.

Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity Association – our fantastic group of CHS students serving on the Diversity and Inclusivity Student Organization.

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Our Mission

Our Purpose is to cultivate an environment where all of our students, staff, and faculty can live and work in openness, acceptance and safety.

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