CPHHS' commitment to care and compassion

A message from Dean Javier Nieto

March 17, 2021

We condemn violence, seek racial justice, and reaffirm our commitment to act with care and compassion in our teaching, research, and interactions with each other.

Dear members of the CPHHS Community,

This is another difficult week. The recent and continued acts of violence against Asian and Pacific Islanders, particularly the murders in Atlanta, evidence the persistence of racial violence in our society. The public reporting of Title IX failures at Louisiana State University and OSU remind us of the enduring gender-based violence we face.

We condemn violence, seek racial justice, and reaffirm our commitment to act with care and compassion in our teaching, research, and interactions with each other. If you are experiencing distress, please refer to the attached Open Letter to Survivors which contains links to numerous resources for support.

If you are able to be a source of support, please reach out to others- students, faculty, staff- to touch base and check-in. I encourage faculty to continue to work with students individually to accommodate their needs, within the framework of OSU’s academic regulations.

I am holding the victims, their families, and everyone who is grieving, fearful, or in pain in my heart.

Sincerely,

F. Javier Nieto, MD, PhD, MPH | Dean and Professor

College of Public Health and Human Sciences | Oregon State University