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Alumni Newsletter Message from the Dean: Summer 2020

“For those in our community who are feeling scared, tired, weary, or wondering when or if we will see the day where the hateful rhetoric and dehumanizing violence come to an end, you are not alone. Solidarity and community mean that we never have to face such evil alone. That was true [before]. It is true now. And it will always be true.”

This was an excerpt from President Pestello’s message to the SLU community following the tragic events that caused the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this year (read entire message here). The Doisy College of Health Sciences and Saint Louis University collectively stand in stark opposition to the systemic racism that has affected so many. We see your pain. We grieve with you. We are your ally in this fight.

Even while many of our students, faculty and staff have been distanced from campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have made their voices heard in this battle to end oppression and the pandemic of racism by attending protests advocating that Black Lives Matter. Protests included one organized by the SLU School of Medicine where demonstrators lined each side of Grand Blvd. stretching from SLU’s North Campus to South Campus.

As you catch up on DCHS activities, know first and foremost that we are grateful and proud to be #OneSLU.

Be well,
Mardell Wilson, EdD, RDN, LDN