Addressing Unrest Across the Nation
Dear TTUHSC family,
The events following the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have highlighted inequality and racism that still persists in some aspects of our lives. Understandably, these events have caused many of us to stop and reflect on what they mean for our country and our society.
Now more than ever, it is important that we listen with compassion and understanding, remember what unites us, but also recognize the areas in which we fall short. Our responsibility is to foster and support a culture of mutual respect and communication for all who work and learn on our campuses.
This requires a commitment from each of us to continually hold one another accountable to our values. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to work with their respective TTUHSC senate representatives and leaders to highlight ways in which we can continue to make improvements.
You are each valued members of the TTUHSC family. If you ever feel like there is a need for additional support, please be aware of the services and resources available for students, faculty, and staff, including:
- Employee Assistance Program
- Program of Assistance for Students
- TTUHSC Office of Student Life
- TTUHSC Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- TTUHSC Campuses HR Directors
We will work with colleagues across the Texas Tech University System, the Texas Tech Police Department, as well as with our elected officials and civic leaders in our campus communities, to advocate for diversity, equality, and wellness for our entire TTUHSC family.
In living out our values, we are committed to treating each other consistently with compassion and respect. The events of this past week serve as a reminder to celebrate diversity and its strengths. At the end of the day, we’re all in this together, dedicated to keeping TTUHSC a top-tier health care institution that prepares the providers and researchers of tomorrow and welcomes all who wish to improve the human condition.
Lori Rice-Spearman, Ph.D.
Interim President and Provost
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Ronda Mintz-Binder, DNP, RN, CNE
TTUHSC Faculty Senate President
Timira Woods-San Roman
TTUHSC Staff Senate President
TTUHSC Student Government Association