Kent School of Social Work statement on recent events - October 2018

 

Dean Jenkins

Dean Jenkins message to Kent School faculty, staff, students, and to the public:

Recent events involving the local murders of two African American citizens in a grocery store in Jeffersontown and 11 Jewish people attending worship service at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh have impacted many of us in a way that shatters our sense of safety and trust in our own community.  Mostly, it reminds us that despite our efforts to promote inclusion, hatred and prejudice are very real and still exist in our society. We’re left with many questions, a desire to find a way to end gun violence, racism, oppression, and a reaffirmation that we must continue to work to seek solutions to these issues.

The Kent School of Social Work is deeply saddened by these events and we offer our most sincere condolences to the communities and the families of the victims here and in Pittsburgh mourning the loss of lives. Racism, anti-Semitism and targeted violent acts of terror against any group of people is atrocious. We are greatly concerned about these hate crimes and as we move forward know that we are here to listen to your concerns and offer our support.

Thanks,

David Jenkins, Dean

Kent School of Social Work