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Dean's Heartfelt Message to the UB-SDM Community

Members of the UB-SDM Community,

Our hearts are with the victims of the horrific mass shooting that happened yesterday afternoon at Top’s Market on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo. Our prayers are with their families and loved ones. Our unwavering solidarity is with the terrified surrounding neighbors and community.

As we are continuing to learn more, official reports suggest that this was a violent hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism. This horrific act is traumatic for everyone, but it is especially traumatic for members of our community who identify as Black or African American. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the entire community.

President, Satish Tripathi, issued a statement yesterday that outlines available UB resources to provide support to students, faculty, and staff, including Counseling Services, Intercultural and Diversity Center, and the Employee Assistance Program. UB SDM’s in-house counselor, Allison Smith (masmith6@buffalo.edu) and UB SDM’s Office of Equity, Diversity and inclusion (SDM EDI) are also available to meet with students in need of additional support.

Be assured that our school is guided by the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are a diverse, united community, guided by a love for our profession that has the power to overcome the forces of evil and shall radiate beyond the limits of our campus to our communities.

In the days and weeks to follow we will offer compassionate care and resources to support members of SDM’s community who are experiencing trauma, pain, grief, and fear. Do not hesitate to turn to any of the resources linked above, or to reach out directly to members of SDM’s community. This is a time for us to stay united in spirit and recognize each other as the human beings we are.

With hope that the good in humanity will get the upper hand,

Stefan Ruhl

Stefan Ruhl, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Interim Dean
School of Dental Medicine | University at Buffalo

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