Message from the Dean
To: WCM Community
Subject: A Moment of Silence Against Racism
I would like to share with you the below invitation from our partners at NYP to observe a moment of silence against racism, and especially in support of Asian and Asian American members of our community. Bias and discrimination have been longstanding challenges for Asian Americans and have unfortunately increased during the pandemic and with recent events. Weill Cornell Medicine joins our partners in condemning hate and racial injustice in all its forms, and we commit to working with you to build a society where people of all backgrounds are safe in their neighborhoods and workplaces.
Augustine M.K. Choi, M.D.
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean
Weill Cornell Medicine
Provost for Medical Affairs
Racism and violence against Asians and Asian Americans are rising around the country. While the investigation into the Atlanta murders continues, we should not fool ourselves by thinking that these incidents only happen “somewhere else.”
On Thursday, April 1, at 10 a.m. and again at 9 p.m., we are asking everyone across the NewYork-Presbyterian community to join us in observing one minute of silence. However you choose to mark this time—of course while regarding appropriate social distancing and other safe practices—we ask you to do so especially in support of our Asian and Asian American colleagues, family, friends, neighbors, and all who have experienced racism in any of its overt or insidious forms. Where possible, we encourage you to do this outside, so that others may see that we are united in condemning racism, hate, and violence.
Beyond this observance, we want to reassure you of our continuing commitment to fighting against racial bias and helping to move our organization, our communities, and our nation toward fairness and justice. It is only by working together that we will succeed in bringing about lasting change.
Please join us on Thursday.
Steven J. Corwin, M.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian
Laura L. Forese, M.D.
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian
To honor our commitment to advance racial equity within the elder justice space, the New York City Elder Abuse Center at Weill Cornell Medicine (NYCEAC@WCM) is launching an initiative to leverage its platform to give voice to the lived realities of Black elders and to recognize leaders and organizations that are contributing to racial equity in elder justice through their work.
This initiative centers on building knowledge to make change. Monthly posts will include research on the effects of systemic racism and cumulative trauma on Black people; interviews with community members who are advancing racial equity and healing; narratives illustrating the harms of systemic racism and strategies to address it; and more.
To join us in this work, please read Mistreatment of African American Elders, published by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), and African American Older Adults and Race-Related Stress: How Aging and Health-Care Providers Can Help, published by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Mistreatment of African American Elders
“This Research to Practice Brief synthesizes…research findings related to understanding the mistreatment of African American elder, particularly involving financial exploitation and psychological abuse…Socioeconomic variables, such as poverty, institutionalized racism, and structural segregation also place African American elders at risk.”
African American Older Adults and Race-Related Stress: How Aging and Health-Care Providers Can Help
“Despite the vulnerability of African American older adults to the cumulative effect of race-related stressors, the dialogue has yet to focus on the physical and mental health impact of these stressors. Therefore, service providers in the aging and health-care fields need greater awareness, education, and training to competently address race-related stress in African-American older adults.”
We hope you join us on our racial equity mission.