Important Message to the College Community
Dear College of Dentistry Community:
Last week, in the aftermath of our nation having witnessed the senseless and shocking death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, I carefully read comments from leaders on our campus and in our state and federal governments. I have thought long and hard about what I could say to each of you that might have an impact and that might also make a difference. What I have wanted to focus on for this message is what we have all been most concerned, worried, and angered about – the unjust loss of a human life and the related inequities that must be addressed.
Although there have been many throughout our nation who have talked about how we are all diminished by even one needless human death, I have asked myself what it is that we can do here and now, in our own college community. That thought process led me back to the mission statement and “core values” our college created more than a year ago, and how important they were then – and now.
I believe the way to change the world for the better is to begin with positive actions right where we are. And that is why I remind you of our mission and our core values. Here are some of the things we have said our college stands for and that, as a community, we are deeply committed to:
- We will promote a culture of excellence, respect, and inclusiveness.
- We will prepare socially responsible and engaged citizens.
- And, as a college, we will live out and live up to our core values that include:
There may never be a better time to recommit ourselves to these ideals and principles. And there may never be a more critical time to put these ideals into action – daily, within Postle Hall, on our campus, and beyond.
These are values we share. These are values we must embrace. And these are values we must demonstrate – every day. If we all behave in these ways that are at the “core” of who we are and what we do, we will be well on our way to ensuring that every student, staff or faculty member, and every patient feels welcome in our college. Let us work together to practice these values, and let us determine that our college will be known as a place where these values are more than just words and ideals. This is one way we can make things better for everyone, and we can make a difference – starting today.
I encourage everyone in our college community to take a stance against bigotry, racism, discrimination, and the unjust treatment of others. It is not an option. It is our responsibility.
As we work together, we must support each other. If you are struggling and need help with the stress and anxiety we all have experienced in these past weeks, resources are available. For students, I encourage you to take advantage of these options for support:
- Counseling and Consultation Service: https://ccs.osu.edu/, in addition to individual appointments with our embedded psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Smith
- Diversity resources: https://www.osu.edu/initiatives/diversity.html
- Multicultural Center, Education and Training: http://mcc.osu.edu/education-and-training/
- Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART): If you or your Ohio State peers experience an incident of bias, you may report it by clicking on the BART link here: http://mcc.osu.edu
For staff and faculty members, the university offers individual counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at https://hr.osu.edu/benefits/eap/ or 1-800-678-6265. If you or your Ohio State peers experience an incident of bias, you may report it by clicking on the Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART) link here: http://mcc.osu.edu.
This is just the first step on an important journey for our college. I will be asking the university for support in providing our college community with the tools we need to help engage and educate our students, staff, and faculty so we can have meaningful and productive dialogue to achieve the very best – and we will do that by working together.
Patrick M. Lloyd, DDS, MS
Dean and Professor
College of Dentistry
305 W. 12th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210