Statement from Dean Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS

School of Pharmacy dean issues statement about the recent horrific murders of Asian women in Atlanta and increasing violent attacks against Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities across the United States.

By Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP
March 19, 2021

This week’s horrific murders of Asian women in Atlanta and increasing verbal and physical attacks against Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities is deeply troubling and brings to light the injustices that many members of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy community experience in this country. Racism, misogyny, and other forms of hatred – in any shape or form – are in direct opposition to the School of Pharmacy’s values of respect, integrity, professionalism, and diversity. Instead, we strive to lift up and celebrate each other, and recognize our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander colleagues’ unique and wonderful contributions to the School, our communities, our research, and our patients.

It pains me to think that any of us live in fear because of our identity. I sincerely hope that one day there will be no more fear, no more hate, and no more violence. Until that day comes, please know that I am committed to creating an environment at the School of Pharmacy where everyone feels valued, welcomed, and included. The School, through its DEI Taskforce, will be creating surveys and forums to capture and share your thoughts and feelings.

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is a diverse community of scholars, researchers, practitioners, and professionals. Today, and every day, we stand with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students, colleagues, and alumni who are a valued part of our School.

There are free resources on campus for those in our community who are feeling distressed and might need help. I encourage you to reach out to the Employee Assistance Program or the Student Counseling Center.

In the spirit of expertise, influence, and impact,

Natalie. D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP
Dean and Professor
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

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