Statement of Solidarity

A message from the Department of Community Health on Anti-Black racism and racial violence

We share your sadness, anger, and pain from the recent incidents of abhorrent racial violence against George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and too many others. We also want to acknowledge that there are many other incidents of racial violence and injustice that take place every day that we never hear about.

Those who study and work in public and community health are aware that police violence and structural racism are public health issues that have a profound impact on the physical and mental health of Black individuals, families, and communities. We also recognize that, to our Black students, faculty, and staff, these are also deeply personal issues.

Though our country is divided, we as a Department are unified in our condemnation of anti-Black racism and racial violence and in our commitment to working towards advancing health equity and social justice through our teaching, research, and community engagement.

Below, we include some resources pertaining to racism, police violence, and actions we can take. Also, given that these events are traumatic, especially for those who have experienced or been affected by police violence, we want to remind you that Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Services are here to support you.

In solidarity,
Lynne Pepall, Department Chair
Andrea Acevedo, Assistant Professor
Jennifer Allen, Professor
Adolfo Cuevas, Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor Race, Culture, and Society
John Fu, Professor
Ashley Holmes, Lecturer
Karen Kosinski, Senior Lecturer
Yolanta Kovalko, Department Administrator
Keren Ladin, Associate Professor
Amy Lischko, Professor of the Practice
Laura Pinkham, Administrative Assistant
Pamela Schoenberg Reider, Internship Administrator
Shalini Tendulkar, Senior Lecturer

Suggested resources:

  1. Resources for self-care for Black individuals and POC
  2. How to Be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  3. Anti-racism resources for white people
  4. Anti-racism resources for all ages