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Statement on anti-Black racism

The recent shooting in the Buffalo, New York, supermarket, motivated by hate and racism toward Black people is a reminder that we must collectively and individually take action to eliminate anti-Black racism and hate in all its forms. I am deeply saddened and angered that planned and deliberate violence against Black people continues to happen.

The University of Guelph-Humber condemns this senseless act of hatred and violence. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and anyone else affected by this tragedy. As we reflect on this tragic event, let us recommit ourselves to combatting anti-Black racism and to building stronger, more inclusive communities.

The racist shooting in Buffalo will, no doubt, have an impact on the Guelph-Humber community, particularly Black students, faculty and staff. Support is available for students and staff who may need it.

Students are welcome to access the team at The Black Student Support and Engagement for specific community support and referrals in a safer space, and employees are welcome to reach out to the Black/African Employee Resource Group.

If you are looking for mental health counselling, you can contact the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre for support. You can also connect with the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion.

If you would like to access services outside of Humber, below is a list of mental health services that support racialized communities:

Please reach out if you need support.

We stand in solidarity with Black students, faculty and staff at the University of Guelph-Humber and the communities we serve. We value and will continue to work together to create an inclusive community and welcoming environment.

Melanie Spence-Ariemma
Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer