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Today, we remember George Floyd and hold his family and loved ones in our thoughts. On the second anniversary of his murder, we are a nation in turbulence, with seemingly endless traumatic and violent events that highlight how much change is needed.
The cycle of trauma brought on by gun violence, racism and a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted Black, Indigenous, people of color and other marginalized communities, seems never ending. As an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of all people, OHSU is working hard to dismantle the structures that perpetuate disparities and further racism. We are advocating for policies, advancing research and working to provide direct interventions to reduce gun violence. And we acknowledge that we have a lot of work left to do in order to build a community and broader world where all people feel safe and welcome.
We know that these events and anniversaries may have disproportionate effects on Black members of our community. If you are experiencing trauma, OHSU offers resources, including the Employee Assistance Program, Confidential Advocacy Program and Resident and Faculty Wellness Program. OHSU offers additional emotional support resources for employees and students to help in dealing with these tragedies. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is also available to support you.