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Dear Stakeholder,

The recent events unfolding across our Country are the latest examples that structural inequalities, racism, and injustice exist to this day. From the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, to the murder of George Floyd and countless others, we must do better and be better. As a University, a School of Social Work, and a Child Welfare Resource Center, we have a moral and ethical responsibility to speak out against the hatred, racism, and bigotry that gives space for these horrific acts. We have a responsibility to challenge policies and systems that continue to perpetuate gaps in opportunity. We are committed to being vocal advocates for change that's long overdue. We will be working to ensure racial equity and justice are centered in all of our services and products. We look forward to partnering with you as we work together to address these most fundamental of rights; liberty and justice.

Sincerely,

Helen Cahalane, Ph.D., ACSW, LCSW
Principal Investigator
Child Welfare Education and Research Programs
Chancellor's Distinguished Teacher
University of Pittsburgh
School of Social Work

Michael Byers, MSW
Director
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center
University of Pittsburgh
School of Social Work

Please look for resources via this link at the School of Social Work's website - https://www.socialwork.pitt.edu/ssw-responds.

Message from Chancellor Patrick Gallagher - https://www.chancellor.pitt.edu/spotlight/statement-racial-injustice-and-death-george-floyd


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