Dear RUSM Community,
We are all watching or reading about the protests around the United States in response to the senseless deaths of black American citizens during encounters with law enforcement, most recently Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis.
These are distressing times for everyone, but especially so for those directly affected and others who identify closely with them. This includes not only those whose lives were tragically lost, but also their families and anyone who considers themselves a brother, sister, or friend by virtue of a shared race, ethnicity, or experience.
As stated by Lisa Wardell, Chairman and CEO of RUSM's parent company, Adtalem Global Education, now more than ever we must continue our dedication and support to diversity and inclusion and to stand for social justice. I encourage you to read her message, which can be found here. RUSM stands with Adtalem in condemning racial injustice and bigoted violence.
To everyone in our RUSM community who is asking this question, we say, your life matters: your hopes and fears, your safety, and certainly your call for justice all matter. We hear you and grieve with you. Together, we must promote and embrace a culture of respect and inclusivity.
James M. Record, MD, JD, FACP
Chief Academic Officer and Provost
Rhonda McIntyre, MBBS, FAAP, FRCP(C)
Associate Dean for Medical Sciences
Seeth Vivek, MD, DLFAPA
Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences
Pranaya Mishra, PhD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Bryan Hayse, EdD
Associate Dean for Medical Sciences Student Affairs