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Health Equity and Inclusion

​​​​​ Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) stands in solidarity with all those who seek justice for the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, George Floyd, Tony McDade and countless more Black persons and persons of color; and for the institutionalized racism and centuries of violence, hate, and discrimination that we have witnessed throughout the years.

We want you to know that this is unacceptable and we do not support or condone these behaviors, languages, or structural and systemic behaviors of racism that continue to impact the well-being of the black community. Black lives are being taken, and it is NOT OK.

Like the Coronavirus pandemic, this too is a public health issue that needs awareness, education, resources and support. All of these issues are interconnected and they must be supported with action taken immediately. Health and well-being IS a social justice issue and we will continue to be your advocates.

To learn more about the “paramount public health problem of pervasive racism” – please read this open letter advocating for an anti-racist public health response to demonstrations against systematic injustice occurring during the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the core of its mission, HPW centers on the well-being of our entire community. We stand ready and committed to help lead the change to reduce discrimination, marginalization, healthy inequity and injustice. We recognize that all of these affect each individual’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, as well as the greater health of our entire community and the nation as a whole. We recognize that there is still much work to be done, beliefs to unlearn, and actions to be taken. We will continue to reflect and have conversations about our own power and privilege and hold each other accountable to being actively anti-racist. We also commit to highlighting your voices and experiences. We believe that every person has a right to dignity, safety and health and well-being. In this time of grief and outrage, our community is here for you. Resources are available, including emotional, mental, physical and spiritual services. Please reach out to us, we offer assistance, support, education and resources for you.

Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Each Other, Take Care DePaul

To find specific information related to Covid-19 please visit go.depaul.edu/covid. Below you will find specific resources related to education, support, healing and action. If you know of a resource or information that you would like us to share on this page, please email hpw@depaul.edu.