Dear Alumni, Partners and Friends,
We are facing extraordinary times. The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and the persistent racial inequalities that are arising in our broader society reveal to us how much work remains to be done across our community. In the School of Nursing and Health Studies, we are poised to create social change given our mission that conjoins social justice and health-related outcomes. As scholars and practitioners, given our dedication to interdisciplinarity and our embrace of community engagement, we are positioned to make interventions that change institutions, policies, and communities in the direction of positive transformation. As we transition into summer, we are scouring our policies and practices in order to ensure that all of our work is justice informed. That is, we have never been more committed to ensuring that our own institution rises to the level of equality and inclusiveness for which we strive to produce in the world around us. As the academic year evolves, we will be sharing our progress with you. And, we want to hear from you in the months ahead about the justice- and health-related endeavors that you engaged in over the summer months. It’s imperative we find ways to include every voice in these efforts.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Shari L. Dworkin, Ph.D., M.S.
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing and Health Studies