Many say that words are not enough, and they are right. But silence is not an option.

We join the outrage, the pain, the grief that the world is experiencing over the murder of George Floyd, and countless victims of racism, intolerance, inequity, violence, and bias before him.

As healers, we are called to do no harm, to heal, and to provide comfort. We trained to fight diseases and illnesses. Can we reach to our humility and recognize we are failing to cure many old wounds, take some responsibility and decide today we chose to be part of the solution? We model a healthy lifestyle, but what about modeling inclusion and diversity?

The Consortium holds, at its core, a value of humanism that shuns racism in all of its forms. We write to express a renewed commitment to look at everything we do through the light of equity and inclusion. We have a long and challenging road ahead, but our shared goal is clear. With kindness, compassion, and a willingness to do the hard work to heal our communities, we can be part of the solution.

Diversity and inclusion are strategic priorities of the Academic Consortium. Over the coming weeks, we will further define our plan to be a part of the solution.

We will leave you with words that should guide our way:

     “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

                                                                Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sincerely,

The Academic Consortium Board of Directors

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