As part of the Rutgers School of Public Health’s active commitment to diversity, we must all attend to the gender identity of the individuals in our courses, meetings, and conversations. This issue has particular salience as we attend to the needs of our transgender, gender non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming community members. In my own class, as students get to know each other, I ask them to indicate the pronoun that they use. For example, "my name is Perry and my pronouns are he/him/his."
This year I will also be chairing an ASPPH committee on Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment and Discrimination, of which Assistant Dean Lassiter will also be a member. We will share all materials related to these matters as we develop them. I have attached a set of related slides from a presentation that I gave at ASPPH in July.
I trust that as a School dedicated to social justice, we will be at the forefront of such matters, serve as a model to other Schools, celebrate the amazing diversity in our environment, and be fully attentive to any conditions that perpetuate discrimination or sexual, verbal, and/or emotional harassment of anyone.
All my best for a wonderful school year.
Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH
Professor, Biostatistics and Social & Behavioral Health Sciences
Rutgers School of Public Health
Director, Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS)
Editor, Behavioral Medicine
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