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Diversity in Education

Vice Chair's Pledge on Diversity


From John Migaly, MD, Vice Chair of Education:


Dr. John MigalyEvident to me during my youth in New York City was that our city was not a “melting pot,” but rather a highly balkanized, segregated group of neighborhoods where boundaries were seemingly invisible yet simultaneously quite clear. The racial divide in New York was amplified in my memory by Yusuf Hawkins, Abner Louima, Amadou Diallo, Michael Griffith, and the “Central Park Five.” Decades later, it is painfully evident that progress has been limited. Though it appears superficially that the public consciousness has been saturated with documentation of brutality against Black people in this country, these handful of high profile cases unfortunately represent only a miniscule subset of innumerable events occurring across America on a daily basis. These events represent the “shark’s fin” of racism, the most obvious part, but unfortunately, what lies beneath the surface is a more insidious and ongoing threat."

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