Below is the full text of an email sent by former Yale School of Nursing DEI Director, Raven Rodriguez. As a current YSN GEPN Midwifery student, I received this email on 10/22/2020 and am reposting it with Raven’s permission.

Dear Students,

I am writing to you to inform you of my decision to immediately resign from YSN as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I have reached this decision to prioritize my physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

My hope is that each of you included in this message knows that despite how hard whiteness has tried to center itself in anti-racism work, my work at YSN has always been about black people. I stayed at Yale for black people, and I am leaving Yale because of the way black people are treated. I am so deeply appreciative of all the wisdom and support you have shared with me on some of the most difficult days. I have learned from your expertise and admired your bravery in so many ways you are unaware of. …


Neelu Shruti

NYC & India / Love Child / Not An Alien

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