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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!

Very Sincerely,

Wendy Rheault

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

Posted June 12, 2020
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