Dear College of Health Sciences community,
On June 15, I shared with you the beginning of our plan to create a safe, just, and equitable campus. We took immediate action and last week I participated in an open and honest discussion with a group of our students about diversity, inclusivity, and equity in our college. I will be engaging with additional members of our community in the coming weeks.
We still have much to learn, and many more changes to enact, before we can truthfully say CHS is a place of belonging for all. I left the conversation with intense pride for our students' courage to share their experiences and a renewed commitment to build an inclusive community.
This conversation is the first of many steps we are taking, and, I hope, the start of healing and advancement for our college. Thank you to the following students who participated in the discussion:
Furthermore, the university released a comprehensive plan last week to accelerate progress for diversity. Highlights of the first phase include:
Serious and sustainable actions are required to ensure we do not repeat past mistakes, and I will closely align with university efforts as we work toward a better future for our college. We are committed to become a new College of Health Sciences—a community rooted in understanding and with a fierce desire to stand against injustice and inequity inside and outside our walls. Thank you for joining me on this journey toward transformation.
Dean of the UK College of Health Sciences