Message from University Leaders on Supporting the Asian American Community

Dear university community,

We categorically condemn the recent incidents of violence and hate crimes against Asian Americans, many of which have been shamefully targeted against the elderly. There has been a dramatic escalation in these attacks over the past year, both across the country and here in North Carolina. We are committed to supporting the Asian American community and engaging the wider community through the work of the Carolina Asian American Center and encourage you to access the resources and events offered by the center. Education and engagement are powerful forces in combating the stereotypes and prejudices that contribute to these attacks.

Carolina is united and unwavering in her commitment to celebrate and embrace diversity, equity and inclusion. We pride ourselves on caring for each other, ensuring the well-being of everyone and building a community where everyone, regardless of their identity or background, can feel a sense of security and belonging. Anyone threatened with violence should contact Campus Safety / Campus Police at (919) 962-8100. We also wish to remind you of the UNC-Chapel Hill Policy on Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct, which prohibits discrimination and harassment based on protected class identity. We encourage all members of the campus community who have experienced harassment or discriminatory treatment based on a protected identity to contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance for reporting options and additional resources.

We also encourage you to contact the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, which is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive campus community.

This increase in hate crimes is taking a heavy toll on mental health, as community members fear for their own safety or that of family and friends. We encourage our campus community to seek help and support:

We stand in solidarity with our Asian American community and speak out against hatred, bigotry and racism in all its forms.

Truly,

Kevin M. Guskiewicz
Chancellor

Robert A. Blouin
Executive Vice-Chancellor and Rector

Sibby Anderson-Thompkins
Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Equity and Inclusion, Acting Director of Diversity


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