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Over the last several weeks, the actions of the Iranian government in the wake of the death of Mahsa Amini while in police custody has shocked the conscience of the world. Iranians are bravely advocating for the rights of women living under a repressive regime and standing up for women’s rights, freedom of choice, and a more just society, chanting “Women, Life, Freedom.”
OHSU’s values are firmly rooted in advancing the health and well-being of all people. People of Iran deserve to live in a country where human rights and dignity are respected, where educational freedom is abundant and where all people are afforded equal rights. OHSU mourns the death of Mahsa Amini and stands with all those who have taken to the streets in pursuit of a better nation for all, including the students and faculty at Sharif University and other institutions of higher education across the country.
OHSU’s Iranian community is diverse; comprised of Kurds, Lors, and Turks; Muslims, Jews, Zoroastrians, Baha’is, Christians, and Atheists, among others. We value and support all the Iranian OHSU members who enrich the tapestry of our OHSU community. We know many students, faculty and staff here at OHSU, as well as their families, are being impacted by these events. We also recognize that it may be difficult to balance work with emotional needs during this time. If you are in need of support, OHSU offers the Employee Assistance Program (including free counseling sessions for employees and their families), 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 tragic events.