Dear Beck Institute Community,
At Beck Institute, we condemn racism and bigotry in any form. We grieve for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others who have been the victims of senseless violence because of the color of their skin. Our team stands in solidarity with individuals facing systemic injustice and those who have joined them in protest. We stand with our partners in our local and global communities today and every day.
As our society struggles to understand the heartbreaking and frightening events that have unfolded in Philadelphia over the past week, and systematically throughout our nation’s history, we hope that we can contribute to the amelioration of the inequity and hardship faced by persons of color in this country. We are dedicated to helping individuals from all racial, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds build and lead meaningful lives.
We strive to be aware of our own role in injustice and continue to make steps toward providing equal access to services, scholarships, employment, and education, while recognizing we can always do better. We will continue to look inwards and to perform the internal work necessary to fight prejudice within ourselves. In the words of my father, Dr. Aaron Beck,
The capacity of the [human] brain… is available to generate rational thought and benevolent behavior. The challenge of the next millennium will be to utilize these wellsprings to provide a more benevolent climate for the human race.
We believe that we can shape our world to be a more kind, tolerant and accepting place and are committed to being a part of the solution.
Judith S. Beck