Statement against racism

June 2, 2020

The Human Anatomy and Physiology Society is a community of educators who values mutual care and responsibility. Our members are dedicated to creating learning environments that are inclusive and free from fear, injustice, and prejudice. As a community, we pride ourselves on the friendly, open, connected FAMILY we’ve created.

We want to be absolutely clear:

The HAPS Board of Directors, representing our 1800 members, actively and unconditionally stands against racism. Opposing racism reflects the values of inclusion and equity described in the HAPS strategic plan. We have a responsibility to one another, to our students, and to society to act in accordance with those values.

The racism laid bare by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many other African Americans - coupled with the disparate effects of COVID-19 on communities of color - is horrifying. As an organization we will stand up for justice and actively oppose racism.

A lens of inclusion and equity should be applied to everything that we do; it doesn’t belong to one topic or group, but as a practice throughout the organization.  We are committed to making equity and inclusion a focus of our work going forward and will support our members in doing so in their classrooms and campuses.