As we watch the heartbreaking impact of COVID-19 in India, I want to express my deepest sympathy and support for our colleagues, learners and staff among the South Asian diaspora across the Temerty Faculty of Medicine.
Extended families are strong across the miles and many of you are working hard not only to care for patients in our South Asian community being disproportionately affected here in the GTA but also to support family and friends in India facing an unprecedented crisis. Our hearts go out to everyone who is struggling to cope with the impact of this crushing wave of the pandemic at home and abroad.
I encourage leaders and individuals across the Faculty to reach out to colleagues and trainees who identify as members of the Indian community to express support and offer to assist where they are able.
OID is also exploring a plan to offer an online space for reflection and healing for members of the Indian community and allies. We will be in touch with details as plans come together.
We urge our colleagues to step up and learn how you can support anti-racism advocacy and allyship. Department Chairs can put you in touch with your Department’s EDI lead. And to our racialized learners, staff and faculty, you are not alone and should never feel silenced. We will support you, help you navigate specific resources and help create the Faculty-wide accountability needed for respectful, inclusive learning environments and workspaces where we all belong.
Chika Oriuwa (MD ’20) says the endowed award she has established is a celebration of the work that has been done to improve inclusion and diversity in medicine and a nod to the work the next generation of physicians will do.