PTX Statement on Recent Events
June 2, 2020
This is an expanded version of a statement PTX emailed to students and faculty May 31, 2020.
The horrific events occurring in New Brunswick-Georgia, Louisville-Kentucky and most recently Minneapolis-Minnesota these last months are all too sadly a recurring theme of evidence that we still have a very long way to go to achieve the principles of respect, equality, fairness, justice and liberty for all in our society. Too many families have suffered tragedy already. As a graduate group, we want to acknowledge that the lives of not only George Floyd, but also Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and sadly many more, were taken by senseless and unjustified use of force that should be condemned by all. We want you to know we share your confusion, pain and anger at what has transpired this week and these last few years. This is especially tragic as we are still grappling with a global pandemic. The need to help and support one another during these challenging times is apparent now, more than ever.
PTX supports peaceful, courageous activism that can and will lead to a more just future. We want all of you to know that we are here for you - to listen, to learn and to provide guidance. Please do not hesitate to reach out. Please also note that all current graduate students at UC Davis also have access to professional resources if you need to talk with someone https://grad.ucdavis.edu/resources/help-and-support/mental-health-and-counseling.
Our graduate program not only believes in, but lives, the principles of an “inclusive environment that recognizes and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences” as stated by Chancellor May this week (https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/messages/chancellor-messages/statement-on-george-floyd). We aspire to the principles which are stated in the now 30 year-old, UC Davis Principles of Community (https://diversity.ucdavis.edu/principles-community) to “reject violence in all forms” and to “confront and reject all manifestations of discrimination”.
We reject the discrimination and unwarranted use of extreme force by authority figures as well as the violent destruction of communities. We condemn all violent and discriminatory acts, and we stand with you as we attempt to move forward from this terrible episode in our history and work for a better and more just society. We must and shall overcome this. In order to do so we all need to be mindful of how our actions and words impact others in our society as we strive to realize the call, enshrined in our constitution, for liberty, justice and equality for all.
On behalf of all faculty and students in the PTX graduate group,
Laura Van Winkle, PTX Chair
Heather Knych, PTX Vice Chair
The Graduate Group in Pharmacology and Toxicology (PTX) at the University of California, Davis, is an interdisciplinary program that combines coursework and experimental training in modern approaches to pharmacological and toxicological problems. The group is comprised of more than 80 faculty members from the School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Biological Sciences. Areas of research span fundamental and translational research in a broad spectrum of areas within pharmacology and toxicology, including cardiovascular pharmacology, cancer therapeutics, neuropharmacology, drug discovery and design, neurotoxicology, pulmonary toxicology and environmental toxicology. Students complete core courses in pharmacology and toxicology and carry out research rotations during their first year of study. The program offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, and all Ph.D. students receive financial support.
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