A word from Dean Ronald Perez
Dear Zilber School of Public Health Students:
I would like to welcome all of you to a new academic year. As you start the semester while the pandemic continues, whether you are returning to Zilber or a new student, we recognize the difficulties and challenges this poses. All of us at the Zilber School of Public Health want you to know that we are here to support you and your success. Please reach out if you need assistance and please communicate with your instructors if you have any questions or are experiencing any challenges.
You are certainly studying public health at a time when public health is in the spotlight. The pandemic has highlighted the scientific expertise of public health researchers and practitioners across the disciplines. This summer of activism about racism and racial injustice in the wake of the George Floyd murder and, more recently, the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha has highlighted how critical it is to focus our attention and action on the health effects of racism and inequity. We are proud that Milwaukee has mobilized action against racism, including declaring it a public health crisis. As future public health practitioners and researchers, you will have the knowledge and tools to make systemic change and positive impacts on your communities. You are poised to lead the change we need.
Whether you are joining us this semester virtually, in-person, or a combination; your health and well-being are of critical importance. Please let us know how we can support your success during these unusual and uncertain times.
Best regards and stay healthy,