Dean of UMASS nursing school fired for including “everyone’s life matters” in pro-BLM statement

A dean at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell has been fired after she defied the “newspeak” trend, writing “everyone’s life matters” in an email.

Dean of Nursing Leslie Neal-Boylan issued an email on June 2 to the Solomont School of Nursing to address the social unrest that was rocking the nation.

“I am writing to express my concern and condemnation of the recent (and past) acts of violence against people of color,” Neal-Boylan wrote in the email. “Recent events recall a tragic history of racism and bias that continue to thrive in this country. I despair for our future as a nation if we do not stand up against violence against anyone. BLACK LIVES MATTER, but also, EVERYONE’S LIFE MATTERS. No one should have to live in fear that they will be targeted for how they look or what they believe.”

The email, which was provided to Campus Reform, was upsetting to some students.

“An upsetting statement made by the Dean of Nursing at UMass Lowell, including the statement ‘all lives matter,’ was uncalled for and shows the narrow minded people in lead positions,” tweeted Haley, a student at the school. “A sad day to be a nursing student at UML. Dean Leslie Neal-Boylan, your words will not be forgotten.”

UMass Lowell did not back up their dean, instead seemingly throwing her under the bus.

“Haley – Thank you for bringing this to our attention,” the school tweeted “The university hears you and we believe black lives matter.”

Others had a more dystopian approach to the incident, attempting to wipe the dean -and her contributions- from existence within the school.

“No. Just no,” wrote Laurel Hallock-Koppelman, a Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Professor who described herself as a “Slinger of Naloxone” on Twitter. “Please remove the textbooks she wrote/edited from all nursing programs.”

Others took the lack of inclusion in the statement to be a matter of concern.

“In addition to the deeply offensive ‘all lives matter’ vibe and verbiage, the presence of the phrase ‘non traditional gender preferences’ and the absence of the phrases ‘sexual orientation’ & ‘gender identity’ make me worry for her LGBTQ+ students, staff, & faculty,” wrote Kimberly Acquaviva, a UVA professor.

A letter allegedly written by Neal-Boylan to Provost Julie Nash was provided to Campus reform, and states that the dean was never even given a chance to explain her innocuous wordage.

“It is important to point out that no one ever gave me an opportunity to share my views of how the college and school were interacting nor explain myself regarding the BLM email. My meeting with you, [Dean] Shortie [McKinney], and Lauren Turner was clearly not intended to give me an opportunity to defend my actions. I was condemned without trial,” she wrote.

Sources speaking to Campus Reform foresee a mass departure from the school by faculty who now feel “unsafe” to speak up or say the wrong thing.

“I suspect there are going to be exits,” the source said. “The school has a couple candidates that were supposed to start in September. Not sure that’s going to happen. Both have expressed dismay. They were coming because Leslie was there. And, ironically, one of them is an African-American faculty member who actually had more, had a problem with the college Dean and no problem with Leslie.”

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