The Renfrew Center’s Response to Recent Events
Like so many of you, I have been deeply affected by the tragic events in Minneapolis and the expressions of pain, sadness, and outrage unfolding across our country. The senseless killing of George Floyd and far too many others, bring to our collective consciousness the painful, undeniable truth of systemic racism, discrimination, and social injustice which for people of color are their daily experiences. I want to take this important moment in history to say to our colleagues, patients and alumni of color, who live with the trauma of prejudice and racism, we support you and recognize your pain and fatigue over the injustices you face. Your life matters—we value you as a member of the Renfrew Community.
There is much work to be done to effect real change to the social structures which promote racial disparity and injustice in our country. We, at Renfrew, have a responsibility to live our core values of respect and empowerment for all individuals—we condemn racism in all its blatant and insidious forms.
As I reflect on these events, I are reminded of Renfrew’s Mission “Empowering Women to Change Their Lives”. As you know, we don’t just treat eating disorders. We aim to treat the whole person within the context of a community and that community extends throughout our nation. Our challenge is to broaden the depth and the scope of our care and concern, so that we are also addressing the deeper issues that have been wounding our society. We must all look within and confront our own inherent biases and participations in systemic racism and make a commitment to do better.
I am proud to stand with the entire Renfrew Community and commit to be a part of the solution. We are providing an anti-racist staff training companywide next week and are currently planning a virtual support alumni event and Instagram Live. Specific details will be coming soon.
Samuel E. Menaged J.D.
Founder and President, The Renfrew Center