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Dal Health Statement on anti‑Black racism

Posted by Brenda Merritt on June 28, 2020 in News

As we have seen recent racial tragedies occur across Canada, the United States and beyond, it has become imperative that change happens immediately to ensure that our Faculty takes proactive steps to combat anti-Black racism and support our Black students, faculty, staff and community members. I want to say unequivocally that Dal Health stands with our Black faculty, students, staff and community members. We condemn racism and acts of violence against the Black community.

We are committed to change. Here is what we are doing:

  • Reviewing and strengthening our Equitable Admissions Policy to further increase access to our health programs, especially Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian applicants
  • Reviewing recommendations from previously published reports (e.g., Belong Report, Hewitt/Bombay Report, The Lord Dalhousie Report) to identify actionable priorities
  • In collaboration with the Faculty’s Inclusion and Equity committee, reviewing curriculum data that has been collected related to how faculty/programs are infusing or facilitating inclusion and equity in their courses. Actionable priorities to be identified
  • Early this year the Faculty received strategic initiatives funding to host a workshop entitled Building Safe Space for all Students - Supporting Students and Clinicians in Practicum Learning. While this funding has since been withdrawn secondary to financial pressures related to the pandemic, we will determine if there is a mechanism and funding to continue with this initiative.  The aim of this project is to address issues of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, specifically for racially visible students, and identify strategies of how educators can better understand, be allies to & support their students during practicum learning experiences.

The above measures will not solve complex and longstanding issues; we see it as a start. We’re dedicated to continuing the conversation and doing more to improve inclusion and equity for our community.

I hope you have a safe and restful summer. We will meet the challenges of the fall head-on as we continue to deliver the highest quality health education to our students and work together in a diverse and collaborative academic community.

Brenda Merritt

Dean, Faculty of Health



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