Supporting Our Community and Advocating for Change and Inclusion

Published June 1, 2020

We, the undersigned, join the University at Buffalo President in recognizing the devastating impact the recent brutal and unnecessary deaths of George Floyd and other African Americans have had on students, residents and fellows, faculty, staff and their family members and friends.


We are outraged by these attacks and share the sense of pain, grief and anger in our community. These horrendous actions demand a commitment to recognize and speak out against racism and nurture empathy, inclusion, diversity, equity and awareness.

We are committed to working together to continue building a community that embraces these values and fosters inclusive excellence. As we heal, we must advocate for change and move forward toward that goal with strength and determination.

To that end and with your support, our Diversity, Inclusion and Learning Environment Committee will convene virtual town hall meeting(s) this week to listen to your thoughts and suggestions for action.

We encourage everyone in the Jacobs School community to participate.

Michael Cain, MD
Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Diversity, Inclusion and Learning Environment Committee

  • Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD
    Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Roseanne Berger, MD
    Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
  • Alan Lesse, MD
    Senior Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum
  • David Milling, MD
    Senior Associate Dean for Students and Academic Affairs