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Black Lives Matter and Recent Protests Message from the Graduate School Dean for OnCampus Weekly

Message from the Graduate School Dean

The Ohio State University has a historical legacy connected directly to the underground railroad and Freedom Train that ran through our campus. History teaches us that advancing social justice is difficult and challenging work, and the homicide of Mr. George Floyd reminds us of how injustice, both then and now, persists. Our duty to challenge human indignities, whether perpetuated on the black community or other historically oppressed social identities and groups, reminds us of this history and our present-day responsibilities to change social systems that perpetuate injustice. Given the ongoing protests sweeping our nation, please know that The Graduate School stands in solidarity with the peaceful activists and allies demanding justice. Know that today and every day, The Graduate School stands with the black community to challenge racism, advocate for change, and endeavor together for a better tomorrow. 

Alicia L. Bertone, DVM, PhD
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School
ENGIE-Axium Endowed Dean’s Chair
Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences Graduate School