Over the past few months, we have all been challenged in the face of a global pandemic and unprecedented civil unrest. Many of us have examined the way in which we live our lives and the beliefs that we hold. As a department, we have revisited our mission, central to which, is to serve the community of individuals with communication disorders or differences and to foster a culture of inclusiveness and respect in all our endeavors. We want to educate our students to make a difference in the world through the clinical services they will provide or the research questions they will answer. As champions of their professions, insightful clinicians and reflective scholars, this next generation of scholars will navigate and change the complex world of healthcare.
To that end, several SLHS students have reached out to take a strong stand in support of the individuals we serve. I commend them for embracing this leadership role. Below I share the open letter crafted by the students over the course of several meetings. I encourage you to read the letter. If you wish to add your support, information is found at the letter’s close. In addition, there is a petition being circulated for the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) to develop an anti-racism task force. For more information on the petition and how to sign, the link is https://www.change.org/CAATaskForce
I am proud of our SLHS students for recognizing the importance of advocacy and that education goes beyond the classroom.
Dept Head, SLHS
Dear UConn Speech and Hearing Community,
We write to you in response to recent instances of racial injustice in our country and our communities. The violent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) have brought to light the systemic racism embedded in the foundation of our society. As students, clinicians, and human beings we condemn racism in all of its many forms. It is our role to advocate for, support and provide high-quality care to all of our patients regardless of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability status, and all aspects of their human rights.