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Important Updates

UHSP Stands in Solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander American Community

Thursday, March 18, 2021

On Tuesday, March 16, eight people were murdered in a shooting in the Atlanta area, including six Asian women. We collectively mourn this tragic loss of innocent lives.

Though the man charged in the attack denies that his actions were racially motivated, we know that hate-motivated crimes fueled by anti-Asian discrimination are becoming more frequent as racist sentiments and stereotypes are being fueled by misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last year, Asians and Asian Americans have been the victims of increased xenophobia and racism in America and around the world.

Violence, harassment, and racist behavior against Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans must stop.

As a community that values the diverse perspectives and attributes of our community members, we stand in full support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander American community in this time of mourning, and we must be steadfast in our efforts to curb anti-Asian violence and grow as an anti-racist community. As an institution dedicated to health care education, we also must honor our professional responsibility, in addition to our moral obligation, to combat the misinformation and be leaders and allies in our professions and communities.

Though the crimes took place in Atlanta, it does not minimize the impact felt by those in our community, and we want to remind each of you of the support resources available to you at UHSP.

For students in need of counseling support, please reach out to our Counseling Center. You may do so by emailing Dr. Michelle Hastings, Ph.D., director of the Counseling Center and licensed psychologist, at michelle.hastings@uhsp.edu.

Faculty and staff, we would like to remind you of the support available to you through the EAP program.

If you have safety concerns, please know that our Office of Public Safety is here to support you and can be reached at 314.446.SAFE (7233). The Office of Diversity and Inclusion also remains a resource to all in our community.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Isaac Butler, Pharm.D., MBA, at isaac.butler@uhsp.edu, or Dr. Alechia Abioye, Ed.D., at alechia.abioye@uhsp.edu.

Announcements

See below for the latest announcements. New updates will be added as they become available.


An Important Message to the Campus Community

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Read a message to our University community from Isaac Butler, Pharm.D., MBA, Vice President, Career Services and Education, and Chief Diversity Officer.

Read the complete statement.


An Important Message to the Campus Community

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Read a message to our University community from John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., President and Professor.

Read the complete statement.


An Important Message to the Campus Community

Friday, June 5, 2020

Read a message to our University community from John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., President and Professor.

Read the complete statement.


A Message from Dr. Isaac Butler, Chief Diversity Officer

Monday, June 1, 2020

Many members of our community – including me – are angered, saddened and deeply concerned about the continued violence and mistreatment of people based on their race. Our University denounces any activity that mocks or degrades anyone’s identity, and we are committed to taking action regarding the recent incident in our community.

In my role as Chief Diversity Officer at the University, I am working with the president and leaders across campus to coordinate a response in alignment with our commitment to diversity and inclusion. This includes following our bias incident response and student conduct processes.

I am available to speak with members of the community who have additional concerns, and I can be reached directly at isaac.butler@uhsp.edu.

Isaac Butler, Pharm.D., MBA
Vice President for Career Services and Education, and Chief Diversity Officer


A Message to the UHSP Community

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Read a message to our community from John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., President and Professor, and Isaac Butler, Pharm.D., MBA, Vice President, Career Services and Education, and Chief Diversity Officer.

Read the complete statement.

This statement was updated on June 1 to correct an error.


Bias Incident Reports

As outlined in the Bias Incident Response Policy, the University is committed to establishing and nurturing an environment that actively acknowledges and values diversity and inclusion and is free from any type of prejudice, intolerance or harassment.

Members of the University community have the right not to be discriminated against by any individual or group based on their actual or perceived age, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, ability (physical, psychological, cognitive), sex, gender identity or expression, citizenship or immigration status, marital status, race, religion, religious practice, veteran status, or other protected classification.

The University does not tolerate such incidents and will seek resolution of such matters.

Bias incidents should be reported using the Bias Incident Report form.

Submit a Bias Incident Report

Once a completed report has been submitted, a member of the Bias Incident Response Committee (BIRC) will review and initiate the incident resolution process.

The BIRC will recommend, provide or assist with restorative interventions and measures to personnel and University boards or committees responsible for adjudicating such cases to promote individual and community healing, learning and growth.

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