Wednesday evening, Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, sent the following message to the UNMC community.
One week ago today we witnessed a traumatic event in our nation's history as many engaged in an attack on our nation's Capitol. I, like all of you, was shocked, saddened, and yes, afraid, of what such an attack symbolized for our country. These feelings are normal and ones that each of us will be processing in the days, weeks and months to come in our own ways.
These events, fueled by disturbing ideologies, resulted in destruction, injury and tragically, in death. This violence, as a means to political ends, has rightfully left many around the world and across our nation, as well as those in our university community, confused, shaken and even fearful.
We stand united as the UNMC community in our belief that no one should live in fear for who they are, where they are from and what they stand for. This is especially important to remember as we look ahead to Inauguration Day on next Wednesday; and many, many more Inauguration Days to come.
As you may have seen in news reports, federal buildings in Washington, D.C., and statehouses around the country are now placed on high alert ahead of Inauguration Day, preparing for the possibility of similar incidents. Please know that we are working closely with our Public Safety teams and other leaders to keep our campus community safe. I also encourage everyone to stay safe, speak with kindness and empathy, and focus on what we can each do to create positive change while making our voices heard.
If you are experiencing stress or anxiety at this time, or any time in the future, do not hesitate to reach out and find a peer, mentor or colleague to talk with. Students can also find resources to promote their mental and emotional wellbeing through the UNMC Counseling and Student Development Center, while faculty and staff can find the same resources through Arbor Family Counseling and house officers can access the House Officer Assistance Program. In addition, all UNMC students, faculty and staff can file a report when they witness or experience racist, bigoted, biased and prejudiced activity on our campus.
It is difficult to know what the coming days and weeks will bring, but I do know that when presented the option, we choose compassion over anger and understanding over ignorance. We choose to lead by example in our community and our state. I look forward to each of us making a strong commitment to our values, together and with grace.
In the UNMC Spirit,
Jeffrey P. Gold, MD
Thank you Chancellor Gold for this message. I appreciate your leadership and willingness to provide your thoughts to our campus community during this difficult time in our country.