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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The latest updates about USciences return to campus: The full plan for a phased return of employees and students:

From the President

Dr. Paul Katz
Dr. Paul Katz

Dear Alumni and Friends,

In the midst of the pandemic, thousands filled the streets in response to the deaths of black citizens killed during encounters with police. The outrage, fear, and sadness were palpable in communities across our country, including right at home here in Philadelphia.

Regrettably, these events highlighted the consequences of racism, social injustice, fear, and oppression in our country.

In this issue of The Bulletin we highlight our diverse University community and spotlight those working to address injustice. You’ll read about Ijeoma Ekeocha PharmD’09 whose podcast Black Women Pharmacists seeks to empower the next generation. Cornelius Pitts shares his observations on how COVID-19 has made healthcare disparities in communities of color even more apparent. And we feature diverse student groups, alumni and faculty in the pages of this Bulletin as well.

The summer’s Black Lives Matter movement was a time for personal reflection for me but also for our University community. We continue to listen, learn, and seek improvement to keep USciences a safe place for all.

As a result, we launched a campus-wide survey and I have established the University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council composed of students, faculty, staff, and administrators to develop campus responses.

The following objectives for the Council and our University administration to examine include:

  • Increase diversity among our students, faculty, and staff.
  • Develop educational programming and interactive opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff around issues of racism and diversity.
  • Create programs in support of the education of and outreach to early minority and disadvantaged learners.
  • Review and develop USciences policies, procedures, and practices to promote and ensure equity, social justice, and diversity across campus, including the consideration of an Office of Diversity.
  • Consider how the University can help impact and advance the regional, national, and global conversation around diversity to drive actions and positive change.

It will take all of us working together to make a difference and impact not only the University community but our greater community as well. As always, I know that our campus family will come together as one to respond. I look forward to the continued work on these important issues in the years to come.

Thank you for your continued support, and I wish for the health and well-being of you and your loved ones.

Paul Katz, MD

As Seen in The Bulletin, Vol. 107 No. 1

As Seen in The Bulletin

Vol. 107 No. 1