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Message from the GSBS Deans' Office: Affirming our commitment to our community

Dear GSBS community,

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us as a society in many ways. On a daily basis, we are bombarded with unforgettable images of ailing patients in hospital beds and those that have succumbed to the disease. In the midst of this, we are faced with disturbing images regarding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis as well as images of civil unrest across the country. The Graduate School recognizes that these events may be traumatizing for many in our community and may appear to nullify the advancements made to improve our society.

In addition to these events, the GSBS is also aware of the rise in anti-Asian sentiments and incidents in this country that have affected some members of our GSBS community. We want to make clear that we wholeheartedly denounce any act or speech that promotes xenophobia, racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of bigotry and prejudice.

This is a difficult time and we lament that the rise in racial violence/tensions and xenophobia may tempt us to lose sight of the "dream" that was so promising to provide equality for everyone regardless of race, and other identities. These events show us how much work we still have to do as a society in acknowledging and reconciling the historical ills of racism and socioeconomic disparities that continue to persist.

We support all of our GSBS community and embrace the many interconnections of citizenship, race, ethnicity, ability, sex, gender identity/expression, orientation, religion, age, socioeconomic, family, and military status of our many members. We acknowledge our differences and know that it is our unique perspectives, experiences, and identities that make the GSBS an enriching place for education and research that attracts such a diverse population. We ask that you, as a member of the GSBS community, help us and each other strive to consistently excel in making our school a welcoming place for all.

We will begin providing resources regularly to help us move forward, better support each other, and guard against harmful bias/discrimination. Listed below are some of the resources available now. We also invite you to attend the virtual GSA Town Hall - "A conversation on race, hope, and healing" on Thursday, June 4, at 3 p.m.

Remember, the GSBS is here for you during these difficult times.

Available resources

If you have been the victim of a crime/hate crime, contact UT Police at Houston:

  • Emergencies - 911
  • Non-emergencies - 713-792-2890

If you need to talk to someone confidentially about managing stress, anxiety and or feel you are in crisis, please reach out 

  • UTHealth EAP
    • Call 713-500-3327 to speak with an EAP representative. These services are accessible to all GSBS students. (Use your UTHealth credentials to access the links above.)

If you want to share your experience or offer suggestions for programming in diversity, equity, and inclusion, please contact Associate Dean, Cherilynn R. Shadding, PhD.

Resources for self/group reflection and assessment:

You can find additional resources covering health, wellness, etc. on the GSBS Alerts pages or email us at

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