Letter to President Harreld on UIowa's Decision to Halt Training on Diversity

Letter to President Harreld on UIowa's Decision to Halt Training on Diversity

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On behalf of the following University of Iowa community members and stakeholders:

Dear President Harreld & Cabinet,

I am writing to ask that you reconsider your decision to pause all trainings connected to diversity, equity, and inclusion at our institution. This stance is completely contradictory to the University’s claim that “diversity, equity, and inclusion remain as a core values within our institution” and to the statement released by the Association of American Medical Colleges regarding the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, “The AAMC, and the academic medical institutions that comprise our membership, are committed to being diverse, inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist organizations. We believe this training is needed now more than ever. The AAMC intends to continue our trajectory of pursuing and even increasing such training. We urge our member institutions and other affected organizations to do so as well.”

At the Carver College of Medicine, students and faculty alike have been pushing for more training within the school and hospital. With the increased attention on the inequities faced by communities of color in our country, this is not the time to be silencing those who are actively trying to better our University of Iowa community.
I again urge you to reconsider your decision. Legality does not equal morality. By following this order, what are we telling our students, faculty, staff about our stance on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusivity?

Written on behalf of students at the Carver College of Medicine.

By Destinee Soubannarath Gwee (M4)

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