Dear Students and Colleagues:
The KU School of Social Welfare expresses our support for members of marginalized communities facing oppression, trauma, and violence. In recent months we have seen attempts at re-defining gender to erase transgender, non-binary, and intersex identities; the shooting deaths of an African American woman and man in Kentucky; immigrant children detained and separated from parents; Muslim travel bans; and on Saturday morning the mass shooting and loss of life of Jewish individuals worshiping at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pennsylvania. The trauma caused by these events and the systematic oppression in which they are based has a real effect on all of us and particularly for our students, staff, faculty, and community members holding these identities. We stand in solidarity with you and are here to support you in any way we can. This link includes a letter to the editor published in the UDK with information and opportunities for local level engagement (http://www.kansan.com/opinion/letter-to-the-editor-lejuez-and-hamer-condemn-recent-violence/article_b8a9043e-db0e-11e8-81b5-83d15195756e.html). We also encourage our community to participate in the Blintz Brunch and Holiday Sale on Sunday, November 4th from 10-2 (https://lawrencejcc.org/) to support our local Jewish community during this time. With the rise in hateful acts against many communities, now is an especially important time to use all our enduring social work values, skills and energy.
Michelle Mohr Carney, PhD, Dean
Megan Paceley, PhD, Coordinator for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion