June 2, 2020
I am writing this message with feelings of pain and anger, as well as the clear knowledge that we as a society must do more to stop the violence inflicted on our fellow citizens for no reason other than the color of their skin. The voices on our campus sidewalks and city streets are demanding that we do more to fight bigotry, hatred and injustice. I am in agreement with these voices and know that we have work to do.
As a university and a college, we have repeatedly stated our support and appreciation of all who make up our multicultural community regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. But education and empathy are not sufficient answers. Our values of diversity, equity and inclusion must be publicly visible and accompanied by concrete actions.
To help you process the emotional toll you may be experiencing during this time, I am including lists of campus resources that I encourage you to take advantage of should you feel the need.
- In addition to our embedded psychologist, Dr. Shawn Levstek (.4), the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has an in-house mental health counselor, Peter Oduwole (.3). Both are available to take appointments. You may contact Counseling and Consultation Services at any time by calling (614) 292-5766 to schedule. If calling after hours, please press 2 to be connected to a counselor. Daily consultations are also available through the Let’s Talk program Monday through Friday.
- Student Legal Services provides confidential legal advice and representation for a wide range of legal issues that Ohio State students typically encounter and may need at this time.
- If you are on rotation and find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe, or if anyone around you is acting in ways that make you feel uncomfortable, we want to know and we want to help. Please contact Dr. Julie Legg (.31) to discuss options, which may include reassigning you to a new rotation if necessary.
- If you witness or experience discrimination or any other inappropriate behavior during your academic experience, please report it to the appropriate COP representative:
- BSPS: Katie Watkins (.541)
- P2 and P3, didactic or IPPE: Megan Sayres (.2)
- P4: Dr. Julie Legg (.31)
- Graduate: Jessica Costic (.4)
Faculty and staff
- You may access counseling services through the university’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is available to support all employees with a host of resources. EAP is available 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-678-6265 to talk to a live person or click here and type in the user name "buckeyes" to view their expanded services.
- If you witness or experience discrimination or any other inappropriate behavior at work, please contact Gail Vornholt (.6).
I also encourage students, faculty and staff to report any instances of harassment, discrimination or sexual misconduct to the university's Office of Institutional Equity. You may contact them by phone at (614) 247-5838, email at email@example.com or visit them online.
Speak up, listen and take care of yourself and each other.
Henry J. Mann, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, FASHP
Dean and professor