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NOSM University stands against hate-motivated attack

Posted on July 1, 2023

This weekend, we have heard more about the appalling hate-motivated attack that occurred at the University of Waterloo on Wednesday, June 28, 2023. It has been reported that the three individuals suffered non-life-threatening stab wounds—injuries that will take a long time to recover from both physically and emotionally. The NOSM University community is holding the professor, students and first responders in our thoughts.

NOSM University stands against all forms of hate. We stand in unity with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, reiterating the foundational NOSM University values of social accountability, collaboration, inclusiveness and respect.

As Pride Month comes to a close, this is a stark reminder of why we are pushing forward to increase the number of BIPOC physicians—including women, transgender and non-binary people—in Northern Ontario. We continue our commitment to human rights, equity, increasing diversity, and strengthening the culture of inclusion at NOSM University.

Hate has no place at NOSM University. Each and every one of us has the right to learn, work and live without the fear of discrimination, hate and violence.

If you need support, please visit NOSM University’s new Virtual Health and Wellness Hub.

Our thoughts are with the University of Waterloo community, the individuals and their families who will be forever affected by this senseless act of violence, and to all 2SLGBTQIA+ peoples in Northern Ontario and around the globe.

Dr. Sarita Verma,
President, Vice-Chancellor, Dean and CEO
NOSM University