[May 26, 2021 – Parker, CO]
Re: Recent increase in violence against religious and racial minorities
RVU's University Values include Compassion, Collegiality, and Diversity, which seem to be in short supply in the world today.
In our country, there has been a recent increase of anti-Semitic, anti-Asian, and anti-Muslim activity, on top of the continued acts of racism against members of the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. Some of the most recent violence seems to have been simulated by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We decry the loss of life on both sides and hope that the ceasefire holds to give all sides the opportunity to work towards a peaceful and equitable solution in the Middle East.
We stand in solidarity against hate of all kinds and denounce all acts of violence in this country and around the world. We are committed to maintaining a safe, inclusive environment where hate has no part and all are welcome.
David A. Forstein, DO, FACOOG
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Heather P. Ferrill, DO, MS, MEdL
Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professor of Osteopathic Medicine
Francina D. Towne, PhD
MSBS Program Director
Associate Professor of Immunology
Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C
PA Program Director
Associate Professor of PA Studies