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Statement of Support for Black Lives Matter
Dear University Community:
We join the voices of the world in continuing to call for structural change in the fight against racial injustice. The statement provided below will be posted to our website and we extend an open invitation to students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to join us in signing this declaration of support.
By working together, we will make a difference!
RFU Statement, June 12, 2020
Let us state this simply but strongly: Black Lives Matter.
The historic movement founded on that declaration continues to grow in both its positive influence on society and its value in moving humanity forward. In the aftermath of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbury, Laquan McDonald and far too many others, the administration, students, faculty, scientists, staff, and alumni of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science pledge their support for Black Lives Matter, and we are allies focused on eliminating systemic racism.
The RFU community has a longstanding and long-stated commitment to core values that include diversity, civility and integrity. We vow to work both within and outside of our campus to uphold and model these values, which are the foundation of a truly equitable society -- one that secures the health, safety and well-being of all citizens.
Rosalind Franklin University is resolved to be a catalyst for change.
Wendy L. Rheault, President and CEO
Marc Abel, Dean, College of Pharmacy
Jim Carlson, Vice President for Interprofessional Education and Simulation
Archana Chatterjee, Dean, Chicago Medical School and Vice President for Medical Affairs
Lee Concha, Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President for University Enhancement
Joe DiMario, Dean, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Rebecca Durkin, Vice President for Student Success and Inclusion
Ron Kaplan, Executive Vice President for Research
Sandra Larson, Vice President of Partnerships
Rick Loesch, Chief Information Officer
John Nylen, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration
Nancy L. Parsley, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Andrew Romero, Executive Student Council President
Chad B. Ruback, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Judith Stoecker, Vice President for Faculty Affairs
John Vitale, Dean, College of Health Professions
Carl White, Faculty Senate President
Stephanie Wu, Dean, Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine