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President's Statement on anti-racism Featured

11 June 2020 | Published in News.

In response to the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd in the United States, thousands of
people around the world have taken to the streets to register their grief and anger. We
at ADLER offer our most sincere condolences to the family, friends, and community of
Mr. Floyd and absolutely reject the culture of violence and hatred that led to his death.
We also recognize that this is not an isolated event, nor is it limited to one country or
area. In Canada, Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Colour face racism
and oppression built into nearly every part of our culture, society and institutions, as do
others around the world.

We at ADLER believe it is important to raise our individual and collective voices and to
take a stand against all forms of social injustice, inequality, and racism. Furthermore, we
are committed to being part of the solution. Inclusivity and diversity are directly
embedded in ADLER’s charter, guiding principles, and procedures. We are directed by
our namesake Alfred Adler to “trust only movement,” as Life happens at the level of
events, not of words. We can move to being and doing better by educating and
informing ourselves as staff, professionals and students regarding all aspects of equity.
We can express this learning in our words and actions, in our hiring and interactions, in
our policies and plans, in our evaluations and decisions, and in our caring presence with
one another. We can invite others to engage in and benefit from this learning and these
actions. We will do all of these things.

Embedded in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the understanding that
empathy, mutual respect, understanding, and tolerance form the foundation for our
rights and freedoms, and that deprivation and oppression for any of us threatens the
freedom, health, and survival for all of us. When Alfred Adler returned from the Great
War (1914 - 1918), in which he served as an army doctor, he was asked “What does the
world need?” He answered, “I think the only thing the world needs at the moment is
social interest”. His response is as true now as it was over 100 years ago.