Our hearts are heavy. At Ultimate Medical Academy, we acknowledge fully the pain, outrage, and grief that many are directly experiencing and have been impacted by in our communities and around our country. The recent deaths of George Floyd outside of Minneapolis and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, among others, are egregious and horrific. We know that these acts of violence are not the first of their kind — and we know that they cannot continue. We must be better than this.
We denounce these acts and every act of racism and injustice directed towards African-American men and women, and all people of all backgrounds and identities. There is no room for racism or discrimination of any kind at UMA. We value each member of the UMA family – current and past students, alumni, faculty, staff, and employer partners – and embrace our diversity, which is our greatest source of strength.
We at UMA are committed to doing what we can to facilitate and support positive change in our school, in our community, and in all the communities where our students and alumni live and work across the nation. Such changes won’t happen just because they’re said in an email, yet every forward-moving step matters. To help support progress, UMA will be making a contribution to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
At this time, we offer our condolences to the families and friends impacted by these deaths and losses. As we move forward together, let us treat each other with respect, appreciation, and kindness, showing extra compassion to those who may be feeling the impact of these events the most.
Ultimate Medical Academy stands with you and for you, now and into the future.
Dr. Darlyne Bailey
Chair of the Board of Trustees, UMA